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A system for specification and rapid prototyping of application command languages

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2 Author(s)
J. Stelovsky ; Swiss Federal Inst. of Technol., Zurich, Switzerland ; H. Sugaya

The XS-2 system that integrates specification, rapid prototyping, and the actual use of application dialogs is described. The XS-2 command language grammar, a nonprocedural description language based on regular expressions, is used to specify commands for any application program. The syntax of the command specification is visible to the user: command names and their activation rules are displayed as a command tree. Since a small set of tools is provided for the development of the command specification and its automatic translation into a prototype application module in Modula-2, no programming work is necessary to design and evaluate the commands. Experience shows that an advanced end user can develop his or her own prototype application without a programmer's assistance

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 7 )