Conference on Domain-Specific Languages, 1997
A Special-Purpose Language for Picture-Drawing
Samuel N. Kamin and David Hyatt
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Special purpose languages are typically characterized by a type of
primitive data and domain-specific operations on this data. One approach
to special purpose language design is to embed the data and operations of
the language within an existing functional language. The data can be
defined using the type constructions provided by the functional language,
and the special purpose language then inherits all of the features of the
more general language. In this paper we outline a domain-specific language,
FPIC, for the representation of two-dimensional pictures. The primitive
data and operations are defined in ML. We outline the operations provided
by the language, illustrate the power of the language with examples, and
discuss the design process.
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