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Sun 30 October - Fri 4 November 2016 Amsterdam, Netherlands


Update: Deadline extended to Aug 15!

Well-designed and implemented domain-specific languages (DSLs) can achieve both usability and performance benefits over general-purpose programming languages. By raising the level of abstraction and exploiting domain knowledge, DSLs can make programming more accessible, increase programmer productivity, and support domain-specific optimizations.

Workshop Goal

Domain-Specific Language Design and Implementation (DSLDI) is a workshop intended to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in discussing how DSLs should be designed, implemented, supported by tools, and applied in realistic contexts. The focus of the workshop is on all aspects of this process, from soliciting domain knowledge from experts, through the design and implementation of the language, to evaluating whether and how a DSL is successful. More generally, we are interested in continuing to build a community that can drive forward the development of modern DSLs.

An additional goal of this year’s workshop is to encourage discussion about the usability of DSLs, and to establish connections with researchers in related areas, such as end-user software engineering, who have studied human factors of programming languages and tools. Our invited speaker (see below) was chosen with this goal in mind.

Workshop Format

DSLDI is a single-day workshop and will consist of an invited speaker followed by moderated audience discussions structured around a series of short talks. The role of the talks is to facilitate interesting and substantive discussion. Therefore, we welcome and encourage talks that express strong opinions, describe open problems, propose new research directions, and report on early research in progress.

Proposed talks should be on topics within DSLDI’s area of interest, which include but are not limited to:

  • solicitation and representation of domain knowledge
  • DSL design principles and processes
  • DSL implementation techniques and language workbenches
  • domain-specific optimizations
  • human factors of DSLs
  • tool support for DSL users
  • community and educational support for DSL users
  • applications of DSLs to existing and emerging domains
  • studies of usability, performance, or other benefits of DSLs
  • experience reports of DSLs deployed in practice

Invited Speaker: Felienne Hermans

Felienne Hermans

Bio: Felienne is assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, where she researches the world’s most popular programming language: Excel. She is passionate about programming education for non-developers: her MOOC on programming in Excel has been followed by almost 100.000 people so far, and she teaches kids programming and robotics every Saturday at a local community center. She is also one of the founders of the Rotterdam-based developer’s conference Joy of Coding, celebrating its fourth edition this year.

Call for Contributions

We solicit talk proposals in the form of short abstracts (max. 2 pages). A good talk proposal describes an interesting position, open problem, demonstration, or early achievement. The submissions will be reviewed on relevance and clarity, and used to plan the mostly interactive sessions of the workshop day. Publication of accepted abstracts and slides on the website is voluntary.

Submission deadline: August 15 (23:59, Anywhere on Earth)

Notification: September 5