What makes language design successful? This is the question that Brian Kernighan, among the contributors to the development of Unix and father of Awk, tries to answer in a talk at the University of Nottingham.
PLT Design has released version 6.1 of Racket, its general purpose, multi-paradigm programming language belonging to the Lisp/Scheme family. Racket 6.1 introduces a new way of handling local recursive variable definitions and several other language features.
InterState is a new programming language and environment aimed at addressing the challenges of writing and reusing user interface code. InterState's creators Stephen Oney, Brad Myers, and Joel Brandt claim in their paper that InterState can help programmers to better understand, navigate, and reuse their GUI components even with complex interfaces involving thousands of objects.
JetBrains recently open sourced Nitra, a set of tooling for working with programming languages on the CLR. Developers can define grammers using Nemerle, which Nitra then uses to build parsers and generate classes to represent and navigate the AST.
Open Source project Masonry aims to make Auto Layout code more concise and readable. Masonry, “a light-weight layout framework which wraps Auto Layout with a nicer syntax”, enables a XIB- and Storyboard-free experience.
Do you need your own IDE for your project’s domain specific language? One option is Visual Studio Shell, but that is often far too massive to deploy and can be difficult to work with. A lightweight alternative is the Gemini framework by Tim Jones.
Concurrent, Inc., the enterprise Big Data application platform company, today announced Pattern, a machine learning based on an industry standard called PMML which allows analytics frameworks such as SAS, R, Microstrategy, Oracle, etc., to export predictive models and run them on Hadoop clusters
According to a study, the most expressive general-purpose languages are Clojure, CoffeeScript and Haskell. The study uses LoC/commit as the measuring unit of expressiveness.
Xtext 2.1 was released this week by the Eclipse Foundation. It comes with many new features and a major innovation: the support for creating domain specific languages targeting the Java virtual machine.
The International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) is the most important event that covers the full range of Product Line Engineering in software-intensive products. Its 15th incarnation will take place in the Munich City Center from August 21st to August 26th.
Xtext 2.0 was released today as part of the Eclipse Indigo release. If offers a new refactoring framework, a new expression language, and a new statically typed template language. InfoQ spoke with Sven Efftinge, creator and lead architect of Xtext.
Colm is new a programming language designed for the analysis and transformation of computer languages. Colm's main contribution lies in the parsing method. Colm was designed by Adrian Thurston, as part of his Ph.D. work.
Markus Voelter has published an update to his 2008 "MDD and DSL Best Practices" article. One of his core conclusions today is that "the distinction between modeling and programming goes away almost completely."
The submission period to the LWC 2011 closed yesterday registering 11 participants. Model Driven Software Development (MDSD) is experiencing a rapid growth due to the emergence of "Language Workbenches" which allow the development of dedicated programming languages from which general purpose programming language code can be generated. InfoQ spoke with one of the organizers of LWC 2011.