Conference on Domain-Specific Languages, 1997
Experience with a Domain Specific Language for Form-based Services
David Atkins, Thomas Ball, Michael Benedikt, Glenn Bruns, Kenneth Cox, Peter Mataga, and Kenneth Rehor
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
A form-based service is one in which the flow of data between service
and user is described by a sequence of query/response interactions, or
forms. A form provides a user interface that presents service data to
the user, collects information from a user and returns it to the
Mawl is a domain-specific language for programming
form-based services in a device-independent manner. We describe our
experience with mawl's form abstraction, which is the means
for separating application logic and user interface description, and
show how this simple abstraction addresses six issues in service
creation, analysis, and maintenance: compile-time guarantees,
implementation flexibility, rapid prototyping, support for multiple
devices, composition of services, and usage analysis.
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