What's new in Xtext and Xtend 2.14: The journey of Tina Toolsmith
Tina Toolsmith is one of those typical developers. She loves to code in the office, on the train, during a long flight or even while sitting on her sunny terrace during her vacation. Tina takes great pleasure in using the latest programming languages, frameworks, and IDEs for manufacturing innovative solutions. Essential parts of her toolbox are Xtext and Xtend which she uses to tailor domain-specific languages for a wide variety of usage scenarios.
Building Domain-specific Languages with Xtext and Xtend
Specifying the requirements of a software system and converting such a specification into executable source code is difficult and error-prone. Requirements specifications written in prose are often ambiguous and hard to understand for developers. Therefore, the process of turning this documents into software is slow and prone to error. Domain-specific languages (DSL) challenge this problem by defining a semantically rich notation to describe domain concepts clear and concise.
A UML-agnostic Migration Approach: From UML to DSL
Over the last decade, open source frameworks for creating domain-specific language workbenches have improved significantly. Thereby, it has become easier to utilize model-driven software engineering based on domain-specific languages (DSL). However, many companies already adopted model-driven engineering at the beginning of the 21st century.
Xtext hint: Content assist for multiple consecutive keywords
Keywords play a central role in Xtext DSLs to define the languages general structure. In many cases a single keyword is sufficient to specify what is expected next. Although Xtext generally supports multiple consecutive keywords the default content assist implementation will propose one keyword after another instead of concatenating consecutive keywords. This can lead to confusing proposals for the user. This article will help you to prevent this confusion.