To provide empirical evidence to what extent migration of business logic to an incremental computing language (ICL) is useful, we report on a case study on a learning management system. Our contribution is to analyze a real-life project, how migrating business logic to an ICL affects information system validatability, performance, and development effort.
We find that the migrated code has better validatability; it is straightforward to establish that a program ‘does the right thing’. Moreover, the performance is better than the previous hand-written incremental computing solution. The effort spent on modeling business logic is reduced, but integrating that logic in the application and tuning performance takes considerable effort. Thus, the ICL separates the concerns of business logic and performance, but does not reduce effort.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSLE 2018 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering
EditorsD. Pearce , S. Friedrich , T. Mayerhofer
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6029-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSLE 2018: 11th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering - Boston, United States
Duration: 5 Nov 20186 Nov 2018
Conference number: 11


ConferenceSLE 2018
CountryUnited States
OtherPart of SPLASH 2018

    Research areas

  • Domain-Specific Languages, Incremental Computing, Information Systems

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