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
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
Publication date1 Jan 2019
Pages159-184
ISBN (Print)9783030110291
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event6th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development, MODELSWARD 2018 - Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 22 Jan 201824 Jan 2018

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development, MODELSWARD 2018
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal
Period22/01/201824/01/2018
SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume991
ISSN1865-0929

Keywords

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

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