Language factories

CLARK, Anthony and TRATT, Laurence (2009). Language factories. In: ARORA, Shail and BRUEGGE, Bernd, (eds.) OOPSLA '09 : Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGPLAN conference companion on Object oriented programming systems lanaguages and applications. New York, ACM, 949-955.

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Programming languages are the primary mechanism by which software is created, yet most of us have access to only a few, fixed, programming languages. Any problem we wish to express must be framed in terms of the concepts the programming language provides for us, be they suitable for the problem or not. Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) suggest an appealing escape route from this fate, but since there is no real technology or theory underpinning them, new DSLs are rare. In this paper we present the Language Factories vision, which aims to bring together the theory and practice necessary to realise DSLs in a systematic way. In so doing, we hope to lower the barrier for language creation significantly, ultimately allowing software creators to use the languages most suited to them and their needs.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
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Page Range: 949-955
Depositing User: Tony Clark
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 11:23
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 18:16

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