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We will start by creating a simple OpenERP module with only one form and one table in PostgreSQL database with no relations at all. Later on we will extend this simple module in more complex module with multiple forms, multiple tables and relations step by step. I assume that u have installed OpenERP All-In-One that includes OpenERP Server, OpenERP Web Client, OpenERP GTK Client and PostgreSQL and I assume that its configured and working fine.

I am using Ubuntu 9.10

    • Open terminal and write sudo nautilus. Than enter your password. A file browser window will open. Browse to the addons folder in the openerp-server. The path would be something like this e.g, /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/openerp-server/addons/
    • create a new folder in it and name it “sim”, short for Student Information Management. Open the folder.
    • Create the following files in the sim folder.
      1. (its “double underscore init double”). Python file.
      2. __terp__py (its “double underscore terp double”). Python file.
      3. Python file
      4. sim_view.xml XML file.
    • Open file and write the following code.
import sim

sim is the name of our module that we are developing and its the name our major python file that will include all our python code. Save the file and exit

  • Open file and write the following code.
'name': 'Student Information Management',
'version': '0.1',
'category': 'Tools',
'description': """This module is for the Student Information Management.""",
'author': 'Mir Nauman Tahir',
'website': '',
'depends': ['base'],
'init_xml': [],
'update_xml': ['sim_view.xml'],
'demo_xml': [],
'installable': True,

You can write your own strings in “name, description,author and website”Save the file and exit

  • Now open file and write the following code.
class student(osv.osv):
    _name = "sim.student"
    _description = "This table is for keeping personal data of student"
    _columns = {
        'name': fields.char('Registration Number',size=256,required=True),
        'student_name': fields.char('Student Name',size=256,required=True),
        'father_name': fields.char('Father Name',size=256),
        'contact_no':fields.char('Contact Number',size=256)

This code will create a table in the database “student”. The value for _description can be any string of your choice. _column is a dictionary and contains all the column names of the table with their data types. In side the parenthesis is the caption for that field that will appear on the form, its size and “required=True” shows that its a must to enter this field. The “field.selection” creates a drop down list control that has two items, Male and Female. The “student()” shows the end of the class. Some precautions. Python is a language that works with indentation. One space extra or less can generate billions of errors and you wont get a proper clue, if you are not using the proper editor.

  • Open the sim_view.xml file and write the following code
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!-- ============== student================= -->
<!-- 1st part of the sim_view start-->
<record model="ir.ui.view" id="student_form">
<field name="name">Student</field>
<field name="model">sim.student</field>
<field name="type">form</field>
<field name="arch" type="xml">
<form string="Student">
<field name="name"/>
<field name="student_name"/>
<field name="father_name"/>
<field name="gender"/>
<field name="contact_no"/>
<!-- 1st part of the sim_view end-->
<!--2nd part of the sim_view start-->
<record model="ir.ui.view" id="student_tree">
<field name="name">Student</field>
<field name="model">sim.student</field>
<field name="type">tree</field>
<field name="arch" type="xml">
<tree string="Student">
<field name="name"/>
<field name="student_name"/>
<field name="father_name"/>
<field name="gender"/>
<field name="contact_no"/>
<!--2nd part of the sim_view end-->
<!-- 3rd part of the sim_view start-->
<record model="ir.actions.act_window" id="action_student">
<field name="name">Student</field>
<field name="res_model">sim.student</field>
<field name="view_type">form</field>
<field name="view_mode">tree,form</field>
<!--3rd part of the sim_view end-->
<!--4th part of the sim_view start-->
<menuitem name="SIM/Student/StudentInfo" id="menu_sim_student" action="action_student"/>
<!--4th part of the sim_view end-->

From my perspective every view file for an OpenERP module will consist of atleast 3 or 4 parts

  1. The form part.
  2. The tree part.
  3. The action part.
  4. The menu part.

And thats how I have divided the above documents in 4 parts. Its not necessary that an OpenERP module must have all the above 4 parts. It can have form,action and menu parts or tree,action and menu or all the four parts. The 1st part will create a form view. It should be kept in mind that the <field name=”model”>sim.student</field>, the sim.student should be exactly the same as the value for the _name=”sim.student”. This refers to the sim_student table for which we are creating this form. The <field name=”type”>form</field> shows which view type it is, a tree or a form. The next important block is the <field name=”name”/>,<field name=”student_name”/>….. the values for the name here will be the exact column names from our file. The rest of the things don’t need much explanation for now. The 2nd part contain exactly the same things as the form view with very few differences like the type is tree here instead of form. And the column fields are encapsulated in the . This will create a grid type view displaying all the rows and column that are entered. This grid type view is called tree view. The 3rd part is the action. In res_model give the exact model name or the table name from our file, I.e “sim.student”. Specify a view_type that is form and view mode that is tree, form. The action defines when a menu is clicked for this action which form will it open. In the menu, id of this action will be used. The 4th part is related to creating the menu. A menu has the following important parts that are name,id,action and in some cases parent. There are two ways for creating a menu. I have used a way that I found more simple. “SIM/Student/StudentInfo”, SIM is the primary menu and appears in the left pane. When SIM is clicked Student menu will appear in the right pane. When student is clicked StudentInfo will appear and when StudentInfo is clicked it will open the form that is defined in the action for this menu. Save the file, exit. Now run OpenERP client. Install the current developed module and check it in working condition. More complexities to this tutorial will be added soon.

1.       Get eclipse from (version eclipse classic 3.5.1)

2.       Download ANTLR at and click on “Complete ANTLR 3.2jar, all tools,runtime,etc” link

3.       After downloading antlr package create a folder named “ANTLR-3.2” and inside it create another folder “lib” and put antlr 3.2jar downloaded in step 2 in the lib directory.

4.       Move the antlr-3.2 directory into C drive(or any work folder for ubuntu), eclipse should be in the same directory

5.       For antlr plugin inclusion in eclipse goto the wiki link on the antlr homepage( and inside it click on “Integration with Development environments” and we get two chices underneath eclipse click on “Eclipse 3.3+ for antlr for ANTLR 3.x”. Init we have AntlrDT( a standard Eclipse plugin implementing an Antlr 3.1+ specific grammar editor, outline, and builder) and ANTLR IDE(an eclipse plugin for ANTLRv3 grammars which is required) optiions. click on and under download/install we get to know wht we need to do to get the setup complete for installing actual ANTLR plugin:

6.       eclipse 3.5 (we already downloaded it).

7.       GEF 3.2 (graphic editor framework for eclipse).

8.       zest 1.0.0 ( a simplification for graphs in eclipse inside the GEF.

9.       Dynamic Language Toolkit(DLTK) Core.

10.   Open eclipse save your select a destination to save your workspace e.g C:\Users\owais\workspace (/home/advo/workspace for ubuntu). to install the plugins goto help menu click on Install New Software, change the work with drop down meny to “Galileo- on the main plugin distribution site for the plugins to be downloaded from eclipse, uncheck the Group items by category to get GEF, zest and DLTK. To get DLTK type Dynamic languages in the search box for main plugin distribution site. you will get a list of available dynamic languages plugins. Check the “Dynamic Languages Toolkit-Core Frameworks”.

11.   To get GEF type GEF in search and check “Graphical Editing Framework GEF”.

12.   Type zest in the search to get available zest plugins and check “Graphical Editing Framework Zest Visualization                 Toolkit”.

13.   In order to make sure all three plugins got checked blank/remove anything entered in the search box to get all the                 available plugins list. Confirm all the three checkmarks are there by visual inspection.

14.   Click on next we will see all three plugins, and then click next and accept the license and click finish and restart to take effect.

15.   Now to download actual ANTLR IDE plugin on the download/install page on Antlr wiki copy the link and in eclipse goto help menu and open install new software option as we didi for previous plugins. On work with menu click on Add option and paste the copied link in the Location field and in name field enter ANTLR IDE. It will list the ANTLR IDE and we have to check everything available. Click next and further next check the accept license and click finish to install the plugin. during instalation we will get a warning, avoid it by clicking ok we will setup the IDE ourselves.Restart eclipse to take effect

16.   To setup ANTLR goto window menu and click on preferences. click on ANTLR and check the “mark generated resources as derived“. UNderneath ANTLR click on builder and define an antlr package. click on add and include the directory that we put ANTLR-3.2 into and click ok. underneath Code Generator check “Project relative folder” to keep generated files seperate from source files and give name to output folder name e.g antlr-generated and check “Append java package to output folder” and click Apply. Under editor  change Tab policy menu “Tabs only” and change identation size and displayed tab size to 4. Inside editor click on Content Assist and uncheck “Enable auto activation” and in folding option uncheck “enable folding“……. and click OK to complete to setup everything to create a project.

ANTLR, Another Tool for Language Recognition, is a language tool that provides a framework for constructing recognizers, interpreters, compilers, and translators from grammatical descriptions containing actions in a variety of target languages.

Programmers usually use parser generators to build translators and interpreters for domain-specific languages such as proprietary data formats, common network protocols, text processing languages, and domain-specific programming languages.

Domain-specific languages are important to software development because they represent a more natural, high fidelity, robust, and maintainable means of encoding a problem than simply writing software in a general-purpose language. For example, NASA uses domain-specific command languages for space missions to improve reliability, reduce risk, reduce cost, and increase the speed of development. Even the first Apollo guidance control computer from the 1960s used a domain-specific language that supported vector computations.

This article will explain the main ANTLR components and explains how they all fit together.

A translator maps each input sentence of a language to an output sentence. To perform the mapping, the translator executes some code you provide that operates on the input symbols and emits some output. A translator must perform different actions for different sentences, which means it must be able to recognize the various sentences.

Recognition is much easier if you break it into two similar but distinct tasks or phases. The separate phases mirror how your brain reads English text. You don’t read a sentence character by character. Instead, you perceive a sentence as a stream of words. The human brain subconsciously groups character sequences into words and looks them up in a dictionary before recognizing grammatical structure. The first translation phase is called lexical analysis and operates on the incoming character stream. The second phase is called parsing and operates on a stream of vocabulary symbols, called tokens, emanating from the lexical analyzer. ANTLR automatically generates the lexical analyzer and parser for you by analyzing the grammar you provide.

Performing a translation often means just embedding actions (code) within the grammar. ANTLR executes an action according to its position within the grammar. In this way, you can execute different code for different phrases (sentence fragments). For example, an action within, say, an expression rule is executed only when the parser is recognizing an expression. Some translations should be broken down into even more phases. Often the translation requires multiple passes, and in other cases, the translation is just a heck of a lot easier to code in multiple phases. Rather than reparse the input characters for each phase, it is more convenient to construct an intermediate form to pass between phases.

Figure 1: Overall translation data flow; edges represent data structure flow, and squares represent translation phases

This intermediate form is usually a tree data structure, called an abstract syntax tree (AST), and is a highly processed, condensed version of the input. Each phase collects more information or performs more computations. A final phase, called the emitter, ultimately emits output using all the data structures and computations from previous phases.

Figure 1 illustrates the basic data flow of a translator that accepts characters and emits output. The lexical analyzer, or lexer, breaks up the input stream into tokens. The parser feeds off this token stream and tries to recognize the sentence structure. The simplest translators execute actions that immediately emit output, bypassing any further phases.

Another kind of simple translator just constructs an internal data structure, it doesn’t actually emit output. A configuration file reader is the best example of this kind of translator. More complicated translators use the parser only to construct ASTs. Multiple tree parsers (depthfirst tree walkers) then scramble over the ASTs, computing other data structures and information needed by future phases. Although it is not shown in this figure, the final emitter phase can use templates to generate structured text output.

A template is just a text document with holes in it that an emitter can fill with values. These holes can also be expressions that operate on the incoming data values. ANTLR formally integrates the StringTemplate engine to make it easier for you to build emitters. StringTemplate is a domain-specific language for generating structured text from internal data structures that has the flavor of an output grammar. Features include template group inheritance, template polymorphism, lazy evaluation, recursion, output autoindentation, and the new notions of group interfaces and template regions.2 StringTemplate’s feature set is driven by solving real problems encountered in complicated systems. Indeed, ANTLR makes heavy use of StringTemplate to translate grammars to executable recognizers. Each ANTLR language target is purely a set of templates and fed by ANTLR’s internal retargetable code generator.

For a more details on antlr visit the links in the references.


The Definitive ANTLR Reference: Building Domain-Specific Languages by Terence Parr

1.Download the recovery image form the link below. Use this image in case of  recovering from a disaster. Recovery Image: from

2. Copy to /source/ directory.

3. Go to ‘vendor/htc/dream’  and run ‘./’, or  ./

4. Then, Then apply the following commands

5. source build/

6. $ lunch aosp_dream_us-eng

7. Compile the modified Android Source Code for the device

8. $ make -j

9. Now the generated files are

10. boot.img,

11. recovery.img,

12. system.img,

13. userdata.img

14.  These files will be located at

15. out/target/product/dream-open/

16.  Put device into FASTBOOT mode

17. reboot

18. power_on the device with BACK key pressed,

19.  It should show the driods on skateboard with fastboot text displayed.

20.  Make sure the cable with the device is connected.

21.  Now apply the following commands

22. sudo su

23. set path to fastboot

24. export PATH=/mydroid/out/host/linux-x86/bin/:$PATH

25.  Stop and start the server

26. adb kill-server

27. adb start-server

28.  Check the fastboot devices

29. #fastboot devices

30.  The above command will show you the fastboot devices.

31. HT94JLZ00002    fastboot

32.  Now apply the following command.

33. #fastboot -p dream-open -w flashall

34.  flashall will apply all the above listed img files one by one. but we can also do that manually by specifying the image file name. After this the flashing will start and our device will be loaded with our own modified source code.

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