Well-designed and implemented domain-specific languages (DSLs) can achieve both usability and performance benefits over general-purpose programming languages. By raising the level of abstraction and exploiting domain knowledge, DSLs can make programming more accessible, increase programmer productivity, and support domain-specific optimizations.

The goal of the DSLDI workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in sharing ideas on how DSLs should be designed, implemented, supported by tools, and applied in realistic application contexts. We encourage talks on any aspect of this process, from soliciting domain knowledge from experts, through the design and implementation of the language, to evaluating whether and how a DSL is successful.

More generally, we are interested in continuing to build a community that can drive forward the development of modern DSLs.

DSLDI is a single-day workshop and will consist of an invited speaker followed by moderated audience discussions structured around a series of short talks. The role of the talks is to facilitate interesting and substantive discussion. Therefore, we welcome and encourage talks that express strong opinions, describe open problems, propose new research directions, and report on early research in progress.

Proposed talks should be on topics within DSLDIā€™s area of interest, which include but are not limited to:

  • solicitation and representation of domain knowledge
  • DSL design principles and processes
  • DSL implementation techniques and language workbenches
  • domain-specific optimizations
  • human factors of DSLs
  • tool support for DSL users
  • community and educational support for DSL users
  • applications of DSLs to existing and emerging domains
  • studies of usability, performance, or other benefits of DSLs
  • experience reports of DSLs deployed in practice

Accepted Papers


Call for Talk Proposals

We solicit talk proposals in the form of short abstracts (max. 2 pages). A good talk proposal describes an interesting position, open problem, demonstration, or early achievement. The submissions will be reviewed on relevance and clarity, and used to plan the mostly interactive sessions of the workshop day. Publication of accepted abstracts and slides on the website is voluntary.

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10:30 - 12:00: DSLDI 2018 - DSLs that compute at St. James
dsldi-2018-talks10:30 - 11:00
Zachary PalmerSwarthmore College, Charlotte RatySwarthmore College
dsldi-2018-talks11:00 - 11:30
Nada AminUniversity of Cambridge, William E. ByrdUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
dsldi-2018-talks11:30 - 12:00
13:30 - 15:00: DSLDI 2018 - DSLs that communicate at St. James
dsldi-2018-talks13:30 - 14:00
David Milward, Adam MilwardUniversity of Oxford
dsldi-2018-talks14:00 - 14:30
Ana IvanchikjSoftware Institute, Faculty of Informatics, USI Lugano, Cesare PautassoSoftware Institute, Faculty of Informatics, USI Lugano
dsldi-2018-talks14:30 - 15:00
Michael GreenbergPomona College