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Frameworks Generate Domain-Specific Languages: A Case Study in the Multimedia Domain

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2 Author(s)
Amatriain, X. ; Telefonica Res., Barcelona, Spain ; Arumi, P.

We present an approach to software framework development that includes the generation of domain-specific languages (DSLs) and pattern languages as goals for the process. Our model is made of three workflows-framework, metamodel, and patterns-and three phases-inception, construction, and formalization. The main conclusion is that when developing a framework, we can produce with minimal overhead-almost as a side effect-a metamodel with an associated DSL and a pattern language. Both outputs will not only help the framework evolve in the right direction, but will also be valuable in themselves. In order to illustrate these ideas, we present a case study in the multimedia domain. For several years, we have been developing a multimedia framework. The process has produced a full-fledged domain-specific metamodel for the multimedia domain, with an associated DSL and a pattern language.

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 4 )