Domain-Specific Visual Languages
Marriott Hotel — Meeting Room 10

Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase Consulting and University of Jyväskylä (
Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University
Jeff Gray, Vanderbilt University
Steven Kelly, MetaCase Consulting

In a domain-specific visual language, the models are made up of elements representing things that are part of the domain world, not the code world. The language follows the domain abstractions and semantics, allowing developers to perceive themselves as working directly with domain concepts. Thus, the language raises the abstraction to the problem domain, making development work faster and easier.

Some of the issues that we would like to see addressed in this workshop are:

  • Industry/academic experience reports describing success/failure in implementing and using domain-specific languages/tools
  • Separation of concerns and the application of new modularity technologies (e.g., aspect-oriented/subject-oriented) to domain-specific languages
  • Approaches to identify constructs for domain-specific languages
  • Novel approaches for code generation from domain-specific models
  • Issues of support/maintenance for systems built with DSL’s
  • Evolution of languages in accordance with domain
  • Metamodeling frameworks and languages
  • Tools for supporting domain-specific languages
  • Specific domains where this technology can be most productive in the future (e.g. visual DSL’s to describe aspects of embedded systems, product family, systems with multiple implementation platforms)


Tracks: Meta; Emerging Technologies; Languages

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