Cedalion: A Language for Language Oriented Programming


Language Oriented Programming (LOP) is a paradigm that puts domain specific programming languages (DSLs) at the center of the software development process. Currently, there are three main approaches to LOP: (1) the use of internal DSLs, implemented as libraries in a given host language; (2) the use of external DSLs, implemented as interpreters or compilers in an external language; and (3) the use of language workbenches, which are integrated development environments (IDEs) for defining and using external DSLs. In this paper, we contribute: (4) a novel language-oriented approach to LOP for defining and using internal DSLs. While language workbenches adapt internal DSL features to overcome some of the limitations of external DSLs, our approach adapts language workbench features to overcome some of the limitations of internal DSLs. We introduce Cedalion, an LOP host language for internal DSLs, featuring static validation and projectional editing. To validate our approach we present a case study in which Cedalion was used by biologists in designing a DNA microarray for molecular Biology research.

David H. Lorenz
David H. Lorenz
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science

Senior Faculty at Open University

Boaz Rosenan
Boaz Rosenan
Ph.D Student

Senior Software Engineer at Google