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Ballantyne, Michael ; Felleisen, Matthias

Injecting Language Workbench Technology into Mainstream Languages

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Eelco Visser envisioned a future where DSLs become a commonplace abstraction in software development. He took strides towards implementing this vision with the Spoofax language workbench. However, his vision is far from the mainstream of programming today. How will the many mainstream programmers encounter and adopt language workbench technology? We propose that the macro systems found in emerging industrial languages open a path towards delivering language workbenches as easy-to-adopt libraries. To develop the idea, we sketch an implementation of a language workbench as a macro-library atop Racket and identify the key features of the macro system needed to enable this evolution path.

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  author =	{Ballantyne, Michael and Felleisen, Matthias},
  title =	{{Injecting Language Workbench Technology into Mainstream Languages}},
  booktitle =	{Eelco Visser Commemorative Symposium (EVCS 2023)},
  pages =	{3:1--3:11},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-267-9},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{109},
  editor =	{L\"{a}mmel, Ralf and Mosses, Peter D. and Steimann, Friedrich},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-177737},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.EVCS.2023.3},
  annote =	{Keywords: Language workbenches, macro systems, language adoption}

Keywords: Language workbenches, macro systems, language adoption
Collection: Eelco Visser Commemorative Symposium (EVCS 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 21.03.2023
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