Conference on Domain-Specific Languages, 1997
A Domain Specific Language for Video Device Drivers: from Design to Implementation
Scott Thibault, Renaud Marlet, and Charles Consel
IRISA / INRIA - Université de Rennes
Domain-specific languages (DSL) have many potential advantages in terms of
software engineering ranging from increased productivity to the application of
Although they have been used in practice for decades, there has been little
study of methodology or implementation tools for the DSL approach. In this
paper we present our DSL approach and its application to a realistic
application: video display device drivers.
The presentation focuses on the validation of our proposed framework for
domain-specific languages, which provides automatic generation of efficient
implementations of DSL programs. Additionally, we describe an example of a
complete DSL for video display adaptors and the benefits of the DSL approach in
this application. This demonstrates some of the generally claimed benefits
DSLs: increased productivity, higher-level abstraction, and easier
verification. The DSL has been fully implemented with our approach and is
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