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Domain Specific Languages by Martin Fowler

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Chapter 9. Language Workbenches

The techniques I’ve written about so far have been around, in some form or another, for a long time. The tools that exist to support them, such as Parser Generators for external DSLs, are similarly well seasoned. In this chapter, I’m going to spend some time looking at a set of tools that are rather more shiny and new—tools that I call language workbenches.

Language workbenches are, in essence, tools that help you build your own DSLs and provide tool support for them in the style of modern IDEs. The idea is that these tools don’t just provide an IDE to help create DSLs; they support building IDEs for editing these DSLs. This way, someone writing a DSL script has the same degree of support that a programmer who ...

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