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A DSL Toolkit for Deferring Architectural Decisions in DSL-Based Software Design

Abstract

A number of mature toolkits and language workbenches for DSL-based design have been proposed, making DSL-based design attractive for many projects. These toolkits preselect many architectural decision options. However, in many cases it would be beneficial for DSL-based design to decide for the DSL?s architecture later on in a DSL project, once the requirements and the domain have been sufficiently understood. We propose a language and a number of DSLs for DSL-based design and development that combine important benefits of different DSL toolkits in a unique way. Our approach specifically targets at deferring architectural decisions in DSL-based design. As a consequence, the architect can choose, even late in a DSL project, for options such as whether to provide the DSL as one or more external or embedded DSLs and whether to use an explicit language model or not

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Citation
Category
Journal Paper
Divisions
Software Architecture
Subjects
Software Engineering
Journal or Publication Title
Information and Software Technology
ISSN
0950-5849
Publisher
Butterworth-Heinemann
Place of Publication
Newton, MA, USA
Page Range
pp. 733-748
Number
No. 7
Volume
Vol.52
Date
2010
Official URL
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2010.03.004
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