Alan Cameron Wills and Steven Kelly
This workshop will investigate the application of Domain Specific Languages within Agile development. A Domain Specific Language (DSL) is designed to express the requirements and solutions of a particular business or architectural domain. SQL, GUI designers, workflow languages and regular expressions are familiar examples. In recent years, Domain-Specific Modeling has yielded spectacular productivity improvements in domains such as telephony and embedded systems. By creating graphical or textual languages specific to the needs of an individual project or product line within one company, DSM offers maximum agility. With current tools, creating a language and related tool support is fast enough to make DSM a realistic possibility for projects of all sizes.
Workshop results and photos now online!
Submitted papers and discussion forum
(further submissions still encouraged)
Workshop: 10:45-17:30, Monday 20th June 2005
A Domain Specific Language (DSL) is designed to express the requirements and solutions of a particular business or architectural domain. SQL, GUI designers, workflow languages and regular expressions are familiar examples in 'horizontal' domains. Each allows its user to concentrate on expressing what is required in terms directly related to the domain, leaving the platform to apply the most appropriate implementation patterns - a feat made possible by its restricted scope. Problems that were very substantial projects before the advent of these languages and their implementing engines, are now the work of an afternoon.
Can individual projects or product lines within one company, make similar gains in agility and productivity by creating graphical or textual languages specific to their own domain?
Domain Specific Modeling is the creation and use of DSLs, often graphical DSLs with domain-specific generators that create full production code directly from models [1-3]. In recent years, DSM has yielded spectacular productivity improvements, particularly in vertical domains where many similar variants of a generic system are to be developed, e.g. telephony and embedded systems [4-9].
A particular concern in agile methodology is how to scale the approach to large projects . DSM is a particularly effective tool to help decouple top-level requirements from implementation layers, allowing a large project to be separated into several well-decoupled smaller projects. With current tools, creating a language and related tool support is fast enough to make DSM a realistic possibility for projects of all sizes [11, 12]. By creating languages and generators specific to the needs of an individual project or product line within one company, DSM offers maximum agility .
This workshop will investigate the application of Domain Specific Modeling within Agile development.
Topics to be tackled include:
The intended audience consists of developers and technical managers interested in finding out more about DSM. Experience of product lines, building product frameworks or creating DSLs is a bonus, but by no means necessary. Benefits of participation include a better understanding of:
Position papers are invited from each prospective participant. Each paper should:
Please send your submission to awills@micro
Accepted position papers will be circulated to participants here on the workshop website. In addition, the organizers will circulate short example DSLs and applications of them. These will be used as a basis for discussion at the workshop.
Steven Kelly is CTO at MetaCase, and has been the lead on the
tool since 1996. He is also co-founder of the DSM
Forum, has served on the
committee of the OOPSLA workshops on DSM since 2001
[13-14], and has been giving
metamodeling and DSM tutorials around the world since 1993.
Tel: +358 14 4451 401. Email: stevek@meta
1. Kelly, S., Tolvanen, J-P, "Visual domain-specific modelling: Benefits and experiences of using metaCASE tools", Proceedings of International workshop on Model Engineering, ECOOP 2000, (ed. J. Bezivin, J. Ernst), 2000.
2. Pohjonen, R., Kelly, S., "Domain-Specific Modeling", Dr. Dobb's Journal, August 2002.
3. Greenfield, J., Short, S, Cook, S., Kent, S., Software Factories: Assembling Applications with Patterns, Models, Frameworks, and Tools, Wiley, 2004.
4. Kieburtz, R. et al., "A Software Engineering Experiment in Software Component Generation," Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Software Engineering, Berlin, IEEE Computer Society Press, March, 1996.
5. Long, E., Misra, A., and Sztipanovits, J., "Increasing Productivity at Saturn," IEEE Computer, August 1998, pp. 35-43.
6. Sztipanovits, J., Karsai, G., and Bapty, T., "Self-Adaptive Software for Signal Processing," Communications of the ACM, May 1998, pp. 66-73.
7. MetaCase, MetaEdit+ Revolutionized the Way Nokia Develops Mobile Phones, White Paper, 1999.
8. Weiss, D., Lai, C. T. R., Software Product-line Engineering, Addison Wesley Longman, 1999.
9. Moore, M., Monemi, S., Wang, J., Marble, J., and Jones, S., "Diagnostics and Integration in Electrical Utilities," IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2000.
10. Cook, S., "Domain-Specific Modeling and Model Driven Architecture", MDA Journal, January 2004
11. Nordstrom, G., Sztipanovits, J., Karsai, G., and Ledeczi, A., "Metamodeling - Rapid Design and Evolution of Domain-Specific Modeling Environments," IEEE ECBS Conference, April 1999.
12. Kelly, S., "Tools for Domain-Specific Modeling", Dr. Dobb's Journal, September 2004.
13. Tolvanen, J-P., Kelly, S. Gray, J., Lyytinen, K., (eds.) Proceedings of OOPSLA workshop on Domain-Specific Visual Languages, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, University of Jyväskylä, Technical Reports, TR-26, Finland, 2001.
14. Gray, J., Rossi, M., Tolvanen, J-P., (eds.) Domain-Specific Modeling with Visual Languages, Special issue of Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, Vol. 15 (3-4), Elsevier, Jun-Aug, 2004.
15. Eckstein, J. Agile Software Development in the Large, Dorset House, 2004.
16. Czarnecki, K., Eisenecker, U. Generative Programming, Addison Wesley, 2000.