Demanding first-class equality for domain specific aspect languages

Arik Hadas, David H. Lorenz

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Domain specific aspect languages (DSALs) are programming languages that are both domain specific and aspect-oriented. However, DSALs seem to be second-class. On the one hand, language workbenches handle only DSLs that are not aspect-oriented, making it difficult to develop new DSALs. On the other hand, development tools for general purpose aspect-oriented languages do not work with DSALs, making it difficult to use them. In this work we present an approach for building a modular DSAL workbench that produces first-class DSALs. A DSAL is said to be first-class if development tools treat it as a general purpose AOP language. Specifically, this means that first-class DSALs for Java can be used with tools that work with AspectJ. For concreteness, we illustrate the approach by describing our implementation of a DSAL workbench, comprising the Spoofax language workbench and the AWESOME composition framework, for programming with first-class DSALs in Java.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference on Modularity, MODULARITY Companion 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450332835
StatePublished - 16 Mar 2015
Event14th International Conference on Modularity, MODULARITY 2015 - Fort Collins, United States
Duration: 16 Mar 201519 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference14th International Conference on Modularity, MODULARITY 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Collins


  • Aspect oriented programming (AOP)
  • Domain specific aspect language (DSAL)
  • Domain specific language (DSL)
  • Language workbench
  • Spoofax


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