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Presentation: Textual DSLs Made Simple

by Abel Avram on  Jan 21, 2009 6

In this presentation filmed during QCon London 2008, Markus Voelter tried to convince the audience that writing a textual external DSL is fairly straightforward and simple. He took them through the steps needed to create a textual DSL from defining the grammar to processing a domain model.

Interview: Jay Phillips on Adhearsion and VoIP

by Werner Schuster on  Jan 17, 2009

In this interview recorded at RubyFringe, Jay Phillips talks about VoIP, Asterisk and how his framework Adhearsion makes it easy to write voice applications.

Programming Languages: 2008 Review and Prospects for 2009

by Sadek Drobi on  Jan 09, 2009 5

In the beginning of last year, Ehud Lamm launched on Lamba the Ultimate a thread about programming languages predictions for 2008. Several subjects popped up: concurrency, functional programming, future of Java, Ruby, C++, and many others… What really happened in 2008 and what are the prospects for 2009? Bloggers have addressed these questions on demand of James Iry, echoing at last year thread.

JetBrains Meta Programming System Supports Language Oriented Programming and DSLs

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 30, 2008 3

Meta Programming System (MPS), a new Language Oriented Programming tool from JetBrains, allows the developers to extend programming languages as well as create Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) for enterprise applications. JetBrains development team recently announced the release of beta version of MPS software.

Presentation: Ruby.rewrite(Ruby)

by Werner Schuster on  Dec 10, 2008 4

In this RubyFringe talk, Reginald Braithwaite shows how to write Ruby that reads, writes, and rewrites Ruby. The demos include extending the Ruby language with conditional expressions, new forms of evaluation such as call-by-name and call-by-need, and more.

Article: Writing A Texual DSL Using 'OSLO'

by Dilip Krishnan on  Dec 08, 2008 2

As key part the Oslo tools is a language for modeling textual DSLs (MGrammar). This article is an an attempt to try and use MGrammar to write a small parser that can interpret dates expressed in natural language.

External DSLs: Success and Failure Factors

by Sadek Drobi on  Dec 07, 2008 3

Given the growing interest in Domain Specific Languages, Michael Feathers provides some reflections on external DSLs, their advantages and pitfalls as well as possible success and failure factors that he believes to be function of far more than the technology.

How a Modeling Language Should Look Like and where UML Stands with Regard to this?

by Sadek Drobi on  Nov 09, 2008 2

Based on the book Domain Specific Modeling by S. Kelly and J.-P. Tolvanen, the author of Learning Lisp blog exposed some thoughts on how a modeling language should look like and where UML stands with regard to this. While it appears that UML doesn’t provide enough precision and high enough level of abstraction, another blogger suggests a different approach that may allow its successful use in MDD.

Martin Fowler on Oslo

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 08, 2008

For many years Martin Fowler has been in the forefront of software engineering. He is often given credit for popularizing techniques such as refactoring and dependency injection. Lately he has been evangelizing domain specific languages, so of course Oslo piqued his interest.

The Ioke JVM Language: The power of Lisp and Ruby with an intuitive syntax

by Dionysios G. synodinos on  Nov 06, 2008

Ola Bini, a core JRuby developer and author of the book Practical JRuby on Rails Projects, has been developing a new language for the JVM called Ioke. This strongly typed, extremely dynamic, prototype based object oriented language aims to give developers the same kind of power they get with Lisp and Ruby, combined with a nice, small, regular syntax.

Microsoft’s Modeling Strategy

by Boris Lublinsky on  Oct 26, 2008

Based on their vision to deliver on the promise of model-driven development in SOA where business users, SOA architects and developers will be able to use the modeling tools to collaborate on composite applications, Microsoft has recently made several announcements about its modeling strategy.

LLVM and Ruby Roundup: llvmruby, yarv2llvm and regexpllvm, Rubinius

by Werner Schuster on  Oct 18, 2008 2

The llvmruby project provides Ruby bindings for LLVM. Yarv2llvm is a project built with llvmruby which translates Ruby 1.9 opcodes to LLVM bitcode, which can be compiled down to native code, using LLVM's JIT functionality. Also: the Rubinius VM, currently rewritten using C++, now also comes with LLVM.

Is Groovy a Better Choice Than Java for Creating Internal DSLs?

by Srini Penchikala on  Oct 14, 2008 5

JVM-compatible languages such as Scala, Groovy and JRuby are recently gaining more popularity for developing Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). But are they better suited to creating internal DSLs than the Java programming language? Venkat Subramaniam explains why "Essence over ceremony" and "Metaprogramming" features in a dynamic language like Groovy help in developing internal DSLs.

ThoughtWorks Announces Twist, Automated Functional Testing Platform

by Chris Sims on  Oct 06, 2008 2

ThoughtWorks Studios has created Twist, an integrated development environment for functional testing of web and Java applications. The tool provides a single platform for documenting user stories, capturing executable requirements, developing, maintaining, running and reporting on functional tests. A free trial version of Twist is currently available for download and evaluation.

Microsoft Announces the Next Generation of Visual Studio

by Abel Avram on  Sep 30, 2008 1

Microsoft has unveiled Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0.

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