SPLC 2009 Tutorial: Using Domain Specific Languages for Product Line Engineering
I am happy to announce that I got a tutorial accepted for SPLC 2009
: Using Domain Specific Languages for Product Line Engineering
Domain specific languages together with code generation or interpreters (a.k.a. model driven development) are becoming more and more important. Since there is a certain overhead involved in building languages and processors, this approach is especially useful in environments where a specific set of languages and generators can be reused many times. Product lines are such an environment. Consequently, the use of DSLs for SPLE is becoming more relevant.
However, to exploit DSLs in the context of product lines there is more than
just defining and using languages. This tutorial explains the differences as
well as commonalities between MDD and in SPLE and shows how the two approaches can be combined. Topics include when to use configuration over customization, how to combine domain specific languages and feature modeling, and how to build variability into code generators as an additional means of implementing variability.
All the concepts will be illustrated with open source tools based on Eclipse.