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USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - Domain-Specific Languages 99

Jargons for Domain Engineering

Lloyd H. Nakatani, Mark A. Ardis, Robert G. Olsen, and Paul M. Pontrelli, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies


In the Family-oriented Abstraction, Specification and Translation (FAST) domain engineering process for software production, a member of a software product family is automatically generated from a model expressed in a DSL. In practice, the time and skill needed to make the DSLs proved to be bottlenecks. FAST now relies on jargons, a kind of easy-to-make DSL that domain engineers who are not language experts can quickly make themselves. We report our experiences with jargons in the FAST process, and describe the benefits they provide above and beyond conventional DSLs for software production and other purposes.
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