An integrated framework to develop domain-specific languages: Extended case study

Bahram Zarrin, Hubert Baumeister, Hessam Sarjoughian

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose an integrated framework to formally specify the syntax and the semantics of domain-specific languages. We build this framework by integrating the Microsoft DSL Tools, a framework to develop graphical domain-specific languages, and an extension of the ForSpec, a logic-based specification language. The motivation for proposing this framework is the lack of a formal and rigorous approach by DSL Tools for semantics specifications. We combine the aforementioned technologies under the umbrella of Microsoft Visual Studio IDE to facilitate the development of graphical DSLs within a single development environment. We use the Microsoft DSL Tools to specify the metamodel and graphical notations for DSLs, and our extension of the ForSpec, offering better support for semantic specifications. As a case study, we develop a modeling language to design domain-specific flow-based languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModel-Driven Engineering and Software Development - 6th International Conference, MODELSWARD 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsLuís Ferreira Pires, Bran Selic, Slimane Hammoudi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages159-184
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9783030110291
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event6th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development, MODELSWARD 2018 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: Jan 22 2018Jan 24 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume991
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Other

Other6th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development, MODELSWARD 2018
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal, Madeira
Period1/22/181/24/18

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Keywords

  • Domain-specific languages
  • Flow-based programming
  • Formal languages
  • FORMULA
  • ForSpec
  • Microsoft DSL Tools
  • Semantics specification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

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Zarrin, B., Baumeister, H., & Sarjoughian, H. (2019). An integrated framework to develop domain-specific languages: Extended case study. In L. F. Pires, B. Selic, & S. Hammoudi (Eds.), Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development - 6th International Conference, MODELSWARD 2018, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 159-184). (Communications in Computer and Information Science; Vol. 991). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11030-7_8