We present a tool architecture that supports migrating custom domain-specific language (DSL) implementations to a language workbench. We demonstrate an implementation of this architecture for models in the domains of defining component interfaces (IDL) and modeling system behavior (OIL) which are developed and used at a digital printer manufacturing company. Increasing complexity and the lack of DSL syntax and IDE support for existing implementations in Python based on XML syntax hindered their evolution and adoption. A reimplementation in Spoofax using modular language definition enables composition between IDL and OIL and introduces more concise DSL syntax and IDE support. The presented tool supports migrating to new implementations while being backward compatible with existing syntax and related tooling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Software Language Engineering
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
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, migration

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