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XSTAMPP (eXtensible STAMP Platform) is an open-source platform for safety engineering designed specially to serve the widespread adoption and use of STAMP methodologies (STPA and CAST) in different areas. XSTAMPP includes seven plug-ins.


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How to build XSTAMPP

  1. The build requires Maven (>=3.3) and Java (>1.7) either from or from the IDE.

  2. Go to the xstampp.parent directory in the root path of the xstampp project (where this file is located).

  3. Open a commandline in the xstampp.parent dir and execute

    1. mvn clean verify to build xstampp with xstpa and cast already included.

    2. mvn clean install as 3.1 but also installs xstampp on [user]/.m2 for usage as local dependency of other builds.

  4. The build artifacts are located in xstampp.repository/target.

Working on XSTAMPP

Language skills

  1. XSTAMPP is written in Java 8 (depending on the Plugin)

  2. The documentation (help contents in xstampp.[plugin]/html) is provided in html 4.0 and styled with CSS 3

  3. The hazx schema is given in XMLSchema 1

Setting up the environment

  • Eclipse for RCP and RAP Developers (Plug-in Developement) (> Lunar, <= 2018-09)

  • At least JavaSE 1.8

  • To install GEF-Legacy (help —> install new software —>

    gef installation

  • To install Nebula Grid from (help —> install new software —>

    gef installation

  • On macOS you might need to additionally install Equinox Target Components (help —> install new software —> The Eclipse Project Updates)

    Equinox installation screen

  • Install Maven (should be included in Eclipse)

  • Import/clone the XSTAMPP projects using the built-in git:

    1. Open the Import Dialog selecting File —> Import

    2. In the import menu click Git —> Projects from Git and follow the steps of the import wizard

    3. To set up the run configuration to use a default workspace add -data @noDefault to the argument list

  • To resolve any error messages refer to Known Issues Section

Running XSTAMPP from Eclipse

  1. Go to xstampp.repository —> xstampp.product.

  2. In the product editor click on Testing —> Launch an Eclipse Application.

  3. The run fails on the first try, which is normal because we haven’t included the required plugins yet.

  4. In the last step Eclipse has created a Run configuration for us which we are going to use now:

    1. Right click on the xstampp project and select Run As —> Run Configurations...

    2. In the opening dialog search for the Plug-ins Tab (you may need to adjust the size of the window).

    3. You can now include/exclude the xstampp plug-ins included in your runtime.

    4. Finally, find/press the button Add Required Plug-ins and Apply/Run the run configuration.

Before eclipse can successfully run xstampp the required plug-ins must be included in the runtime[]{data-label="fig:runConfig"}


  • Setting up Eclipse Preferences (open Eclipse —> Window —> Preferences):

    1. Go to XML —> XML Files —> Editor:

      1. Set the Line width to 120.

      2. Check the radio box Indent using spaces.

      3. Set Indentation size to 4.

    2. Go to Java —> Code Style —> Formatter:

      1. Press Import....

      2. Import the java\_formatter.xml in <repo>/xstampp/misc/java_formatter.xml

Create a new plugin:

  • Contributing plugins should be named as xstampp.<your Plugin>.

  • Create a new plugin by clicking New —> Others.. —> Plug-in Developement —> Plug-in Project.

  • Add dependencies xstampp and xstampp.extension.

  • Add the extension xstampp.extension.steppedProcess to your plugin.

  • Create a class implementing IDataModel.

  • Create stepEditors which must extend StandartEditorPart and implement IViewBase.

  • XSTAMPP loads the files which are selected in the load dialog or already located in the workspace by directly calling a load command registered as command in the steppedProcess extensionPoint herefore it needs:

    • A load job which extends AbstractLoadJob.

    • A load handler extending AbstractHandler which is registered as default handler for the load command.

    • Let your handler.execute() return a new instance of your load job.

  • XSTAMPP uses Eclipse Tycho as build tool, to include a plugin into its build process it need to be configured as Maven plugin.

Create a new Version

  • All changes must be recorded in the

  • If has been changed then:

    • Download LaTex (MikTex for Windows or MacTex for Mac).

    • This should contain an html (for eclipse help), md (for GitHub) and a pdf version of the Readme this can be achived by using Pandoc.

      • pandoc -s -o README.pdf --toc
      • pandoc -s -o xstampp\html\README.html
  • Update the xstampp/html/CHANGELOG.html (using Pandoc):

    • pandoc -s -o xstampp\html\CHANGELOG.html
  • createFiles.cmd is a Windows batch script that executes all of the above commands to create the updated documentation files.

  • Update the updatesite: TODO

Known Issues {#chap:issues}

An API baseline has not been set for this Workspace

  1. Go to the Eclipse Problems View (Window —> Show View —> Problems).

  2. Right click the ’API baseline’ error.

  3. In the context menu select Quick Fix.

  4. A Preference Window filtered for the API Baselines opens up.

  5. In that dialog find the field Missing API Baseline and set it to Ignore (see figure [fig:APIerror])

    The API baseline can be ignored[]{data-label="fig:APIerror"}

Plugin Execution not covered by lifecycle configuration

  1. Go to Window —> Preferences —> Maven —> Error/Warnings.

  2. Find the line ’Plugin Execution not covered’.

  3. Set the Value to ignore, by choosing selecting ’ignore’ in the combo box.

  4. Click on Apply/Ok to rebuild the projects.

When cloning into/ importing xstampp and its sub projects to eclipse the project dependencies must be located sometimes

  1. In the Project Explorer right click on the project ’Build Path —> Configure Build Path’.

  2. In the ’Java Build Path’ Page click on ’Source’, by doing that java relocates the source folders in the projects andsets the dependencies.

  3. Hit Apply/Ok to store the settings.


XSTAMPP (eXtensible STAMP Platform) is an open-source platform for safety engineering designed specially to serve the widespread adoption and use of STAMP methodologies (STPA and CAST) in different areas. XSTAMPP includes seven plug-ins.







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