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Ontology Driven Development of Domain-Specific Languages

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Executive Summary

Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) are computer (programming, modeling, specification) languages devoted to solving problems in a specific domain. The development of a DSL includes the following phases: decision, analysis, design, implementation, testing, deployment, and maintenance. The least-known and least examined are analysis and design. Although various formal methodologies exist, domain analysis is still done informally most of the time. A common reason why formal methodologies are not used as often as they could be is that they are very demanding. Instead of developing a new, less complex methodology, the authors propose that domain analysis could be replaced with a previously existing analysis in another form.

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