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Domain-Specific Languages Made Easy

Meinte Boersma
  • MEAP began August 2020
  • Publication in July 2021 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617296475
  • 325 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

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A great alternative to DSL implementations that not many resources out there cover.

Adhir Ramjiawan
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Domain-specific languages are custom text or graphical interfaces that allow domain experts to create and modify their own software systems. With a syntax that's clear and familiar to the non-technical user, DSLs are precise enough to generate working software in traditional code with. Written for developers who need to create user-facing DSLs, Domain-Specific Languages Made Easy unlocks clear and practical methods to create DSLs with easy-to-use interfaces. By working through a detailed example of a car rental company, you'll see how creating a custom DSL can get rid of time-consuming and bureaucratic code adjustments, freeing you up to work on features whilst your clients and colleagues write their software themselves!

about the technology

Imagine if your non-technical clients could safely produce software without the need for anyone to manually write code. Domain-specific languages are purpose-built programming interfaces that make that possible—no programming experience required. This frees software developers from the time-consuming translation of a client's functional and domain-specific specifications, replacing complex code for modern and intuitive UIs.

about the book

Domain-Specific Languages Made Easy shows you how to design and build modern DSLs for business users. Drawing on years of industry experience, author Meinte Boersma lays out an iterative process for creating languages accessible to domain experts such as operations specialists, data analysts, and financial experts. You'll start with an overview of software language engineering before diving into the unique projectional editing paradigm that makes it easy to produce DSLs for business. There are no special tools or proprietary software required—you'll work with an open source JavaScript stack that ensures the techniques you learn are easy to port between projects.

what's inside

  • Build a complete Domain IDE for a car rental company
  • Implement a projectional editor for your DSL
  • Implement content assist, type system, expressions, and versioning language aspects
  • Evaluate business rules
  • Work with Abstract Syntax Trees
  • Reduce notated DSL content in concrete syntax into abstract syntax

about the reader

For developers with JavaScript and web development experience.

about the author

Meinte Boersma has been a practitioner of model-driven software development and software language engineering since 2007. He has given workshops on DSL, participated in organizing the Language Workbench Challenge, and has spoken at conferences on DSLs.

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This is a nice practical exploration of Domain Specific Languages using JavaScript.

George Thomas

The manuscript is excellent. The content is great, the illustrations are very well done. The author has taken a very pedagogical approach to transfer practical and rapidly exploitable knowledge in a short period of time.

Alain Lompo

A MUST-HAVE book on the topic!

Karthikeyarajan Rajendran

DSL is always considered niche area and difficult to do. This book make it easy for you to understand with easy to understand examples. If you ever wanted to learn but never tried you now have a good reason to do so!

Kumar Unnikrishnan

Great external DSL reference. With this book you will have all you need to build your external DSL!

Julien Pohie

An interesting concept of mixing DSL design with high-level software design.

Tobias Kaatz

This book is really interesting for the intended user. Easy to grasp, understand, follow along and try out the code in small incremental steps.

Satej Kumar Sahu

It's one thing to use a DSL, it's another to design and implement one. This book narrows the gap for anyone interested.

Burk Hufnagel
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