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Cost-effective maintenance tools for proprietary languages

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2 Author(s)
de Jonge, M. ; CWI, Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Monajemi, R.

Maintenance of proprietary languages and corresponding tooling is expensive. Postponing maintenance to reduce these costs is an often applied, short-term solution which eventually may lead to an unoperational toolset. The paper describes a case study carried out in cooperation with Lucent Technologies where maintenance cost is decreased by simplifying the development process of languages and tools. The development process is simplified by using a language-centered software engineering approach which increases software reuse and language dependent code generation. The case study was concerned with Lucent's proprietary SDL dialect and involved the re-engineering of an SDL grammar and the construction of an SDL documentation generator

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Software Maintenance, 2001. Proceedings. IEEE International Conference on

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