On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Zef Hemel defends his PhD thesis at TU Delft. Quoting the introduction:
The promise of model-driven engineering is to reduce the development and
maintenance effort of software by developing at a higher-level of abstraction
through the use of domain-specific languages (DSLs). Domain-specific languages,
as opposed to general-purpose languages, are software languages that
focus on a specific problem domain, e.g. insurance, database querying, grammars
The research in this thesis is conducted as part of the MoDSE (Model-
Driven Software Evolution) project. The goal of the MoDSE project is to
develop a systematic approach to model-driven software development using
domain-specific languages. This approach includes methods, techniques, and
underlying tool support. The group in which the research is conducted (the
Software Engineering Research Group at Delft University of Technology) is
building and evolving tools to simplify the development of domain-specific
languages, including SDF [Heering et al., 1989] and SGLR [Visser, 1997a] for
parsing, Stratego/XT [Visser, 2004, Bravenboer et al., 2008] for program transformation and Spoofax [Kats and Visser, 2010a] for building IDE (Integrated
Development Environment) plug-ins for the developed languages.
The goal of the research is to explore the DSL design space and to develop
techniques to simplify the implementation of DSLs. The research is
conducted through case studies in DSL design, using tools developed as part
of the MoDSE project.
The thesis includes chapters on
Update: Dr. Zef's report on the successful defense of his thesis.