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  • Q&A on The Rise and Fall of Software Recipes

    Darius Blasband has written a book which challenges the conventional wisdom of software engineering: he protests against the adoption of recipes and standards-based approaches and rails against the status-quo. He calls himself a codeaholic who advocates for careful consideration of the specific context and the use of domain specific languages wherever possible.

  • Metadata-Driven Design: Creating an User-Friendly Enterprise DSL

    What if we could create a language that could be easily understood by the layman but yet enforce those rules that apply to our business domain? What if a snippet of this language could then be interpreted and performed at runtime, without the need for recompilation or redeployment of the system? Aaron Kendall shows how to build such a domain-specific language for a saavy but non-technical crowd.

  • Introducing Spring XD, a Runtime Environment for Big Data Applications

    Spring XD (eXtreme Data) is Pivotal’s Big Data play. It joins Spring Boot and Grails as part of the execution portion of the Spring IO platform. Whilst Spring XD makes use of a number of existing Spring projects it is a runtime environment rather than a library or framework, comprising a bin directory with servers that you start up and interact with via a shell.

  • Interview and Book Review: DSL Engineering

    Markus Völter, one of the authors of "Model-Driven Software Development", has published a new book in the field of model-driven software development (MDSD). "DSL Engineering" focusses on the design and implementation of domain specific languages (DSLs).

  • How to Integrate Models And Code

    While creating models in a form or another is very common, their combination with the code has been challenging. As a result, models are usually thrown away once the implementation has progressed. The reason is partly in the modeling languages used and partly in the tools applied. The article describes proven practices for working with both models and code.

  • Challenges and Opportunities in Mobile Application Development and Mobile DSLs

    Converged Mobile Solutions differ significantly from their Web and Desktop counterparts: they often rely on a sophisticated compared to their scope, while the User Experience and Device Capabilities are paramount to their success. We review the Mobile Technologies, Development Tools and Processes and detail how a DSL can simplify the delivery of Rich Cross Platforms Mobile Solutions.

  • Book on Leveraging Domain-Specific Languages by Martin Fowler with Rebecca Parsons

    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.

  • Concrete: Rich, Customizable DSL Editors for the Browser

    Text-based DSLs are useful, an custom editor for the DSL is even better. Concrete allows to build customized editors for JSON-based DSLs/Models. InfoQ talks to Concrete's creator Martin Thiede.

  • Xtext/TS - a Typesystem Framework for Xtext

    Since the release of version 1.0, it has become feasible to build complex expression languages in Xtext. However, once you have expressions, you typically also need a type system. In this article Markus Völter describes a framework for specifying type systems for expression languages built using Xtext.

  • DSL Interaction with Program Transformation in TXL

    This article discusses a proposed solution for solving the interaction problem between two Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) using TXL and dot programming languages and Graphviz graph visualization tool. TXL allows the developers to concentrate on data analysis and information processing aspects by making the other tasks like source text parsing and results formatting effortless.

  • Scaling Clojure Web Apps with Google AppEngine

    InfoQ takes a look at how a combo of Clojure and Google AppEngine (GAE) powers a new online project management tool, how Clojure integrates with GAE's key/value store, and the power of LISP.

  • DSL Evolution

    In this article, author Peter Bell discusses the best practices on how to evolve the DSLs using techniques like backwards compatibility through versioning, to automated transformation of statements.

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