Out of the Egg – Eclipse Vex 1.0

Today, Eclipse Vex 1.0 (drag to install), the Visual Editor for XML, has been released. The release and graduation review has been successfully passed. No egg anymore, which indicates incubation project phase.

John Krasnay started the Vex project at SourceForge in 2002. In December 2002 Vex 0.1 was released as a Java Swing application (see screenshot below) that provides a word processor-like interface for editing XML documents. The first Eclipse-based version was Vex 1.0, which was released in July 2004. In April 2005 version 1.2.1 was released. Then the project became inactive.

In 2008 David Carver migrated the project to Eclipse or – to be more precise – into the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) Incubator Project. In 2009 I became committer and Florian Thienel joined in 2010. In 2011 Vex became a project on its own in Mylyn Docs led by Florian, the most active developer.

In the last 10 years many people have contributed to Vex. Thanks to all those people Vex is reborn in version 1.0 again. Happy birthday Vex!

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6 Responses to “Out of the Egg – Eclipse Vex 1.0”

  1. SeB Says:

    That is a good news.
    How does it compare to ?


  2. SeB Says:

    compare to oxygen (sorry but the editor does not like xml tags 😉

    • howlger Says:

      I saw oXygen only once some years ago and I mistook the oXygen-based for a Vex-based product. The basic idea is the same. Vex is open source software but probably more development time has spent on Oxygen for e.g. better table and image support.

  3. Etienne Juliot (@ejuliot) Says:

    Good news.
    Is it compatible with EMF?
    For example, if the XML file is simultaneous managed by Vex and by an EMF(/XSD) based application, how does it work?

  4. Patrick Says:

    Great news!

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