In their new book Martin Fowler and Rebecca J. Parsons address the topic of Domain-Specific Languages. “Domain-Specific Languages” does not only address the concepts behind DSLs, but also tries to explain the subject in a pragmatic manner using examples in Java, C# and other languages.The book contains different patterns that reveal best practices in designing DSLs.
Outside of a certain Agile sweet-spot, there are more barriers and costs to applying Agile techniques. None of these obstacles prevents Agile in itself but each increases the cost of getting to Agile. 5
In the past .NET developers built dynamic code using Reflection.Emit or CodeDom, but with LINQ Expressions a lightweight alternative has become available. 8
One of the most exciting things in Java right now is the work being done to get other programming languages onto the JVM. If you want to try something very different from Java, Lisp is a great option. 12
This article explains how to deploy a JRuby application with Java Web Start. From creating the code, signing the JARs, and setting up JRuby properties. As bonus: a look at JRuby 1.1's AOT feature. 3