Book Club Starting Domain-Specific Languages

Domain-Specific LanguagesThe votes are in and our next book has been selected: Domain-Specific Languages by Marin Fowler. From the publisher:

When carefully selected and used, Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) may simplify complex code, promote effective communication with customers, improve productivity, and unclog development bottlenecks. In Domain-Specific Languages, noted software development expert Martin Fowler first provides the information software professionals need to decide if and when to utilize DSLs. Then, where DSLs prove suitable, Fowler presents effective techniques for building them, and guides software engineers in choosing the right approaches for their applications.

This book’s techniques may be utilized with most modern object-oriented languages; the author provides numerous examples in Java and C#, as well as selected examples in Ruby. Wherever possible, chapters are organized to be self-standing, and most reference topics are presented in a familiar patterns format.

Armed with this wide-ranging book, developers will have the knowledge they need to make important decisions about DSLs—and, where appropriate, gain the significant technical and business benefits they offer.

The topics covered include:

  • How DSLs compare to frameworks and libraries, and when those alternatives are sufficient
  • Using parsers and parser generators, and parsing external DSLs
  • Understanding, comparing, and choosing DSL language constructs
  • Determining whether to use code generation, and comparing code generation strategies
  • Previewing new language workbench tools for creating DSLs

With the new book comes a new night — we will now meet on the third Thursday of every month, starting this Thursday, November 15th at 7pm. Due to the tight schedule of this announcement, at this first meeting we will gather to discuss what we (think we) know about DSLs, why we want to learn about them, and how we want to tackle the book.

Book club is held at Roasters Coffee House in Hiawatha.

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One Response to Book Club Starting Domain-Specific Languages

  1. Greg Sohl says:

    Light turnout at tonight’s meeting. Lots of promise in this Martin Fowler book. We talked about how we can incorporate some good hands on experience along with the book study. Hope to see some more of you there next month. We’re reading chapters 1 and 2 for the Dec 20th meeting. DSL’s can be great tools!

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