Understanding software through linguistic abstraction

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In this essay, I argue that linguistic abstraction should be used systematically as a tool to capture our emerging understanding of domains of computation. Moreover, to enable that systematic application, we need to capture our understanding of the domain of linguistic abstraction itself in higher-level meta languages. The argument is illustrated with examples from the SDF, Stratego, Spoofax, and WebDSL projects in which I explore these ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalScience of Computer Programming
Issue numberP1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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  • Domain-specific languages
  • Linguistic abstraction
  • Programming languages
  • Software understanding


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