Challenges and Opportunities of Modularizing Textual Domain-Specific Languages

Christoph Rieger, Martin Westerkamp, Herbert Kuchen
2018 Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development  
Over time, domain-specific languages (DSL) tend to grow beyond the initial scope in order to provide new features. In addition, many fundamental language concepts are reimplemented over and over again. This raises questions regarding opportunities of DSL modularization for improving software quality and fostering language reuse -similar to challenges traditional programming languages face but further complicated by the surrounding editing infrastructure and model transformations. Mature
more » ... ks for developing textual DSLs such as Xtext provide a wealth of features but have only recently considered support for language composition. We therefore perform a case study on a large-scale DSL for model-driven development of mobile applications called MD 2 , and review the current state of DSL composition techniques. Subsequently, challenges and advantages of modularizing MD 2 are discussed and generalized recommendations are provided. Rieger, C., Westerkamp, M. and Kuchen, H. Challenges and Opportunities of Modularizing Textual Domain-Specific Languages.
doi:10.5220/0006601903870395 dblp:conf/modelsward/RiegerWK18 fatcat:abdlnwbva5f6vp7iqlovkbfozi