Block-based languages offer notable advantages for bringing domain-specific languages (DSLs) closer to an end-user programming audience. Nevertheless, the construction of block-based languages is still a rather ad hoc and low-level endeavour. Language workbenches [1] have been shown to be effective in improving productivity when developing tex- tual or otherwise graphical DSLs. In this paper, we sketch open challenges and work in progress to provide language workbench support for block-based languages. In particular we address dedicated meta languages for defining the syntax of block-based languages. Making block-based lan- guage development part of the common language workbench repertoire will improve the adoption of the block metaphor outside the realm of programming education, and bring DSLs closer to end-user programming.

Sun 4 Nov

blocks+-2018-papers
14:10 - 15:00: BLOCKS+ - Accessibility & Language Construction Tools at Beacon Hill
blocks+-2018-papers14:10 - 14:20
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Emmanuel SchanzerBrown University, Sina BahramPrime Access Consulting, Shriram KrishnamurthiBrown University, USA
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blocks+-2018-papers14:20 - 14:25
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Mauricio Verano MerinoTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven, Tijs van der StormCWI & University of Groningen
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blocks+-2018-papers14:25 - 14:30
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Josh CaldwellCode.org, Josh LoryCode.org
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blocks+-2018-papers14:30 - 14:35
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Thomas BallMicrosoft Research, Peli de HalleuxMicrosoft Research, Sam El-HusseiniMicrosoft, Richard KnollMicrosoft, Michal MoskalMicrosoft Research
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blocks+-2018-papers14:35 - 15:00
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