DSL Tools Version 1 Released

Last year, I talked about an early build of DSL tools for Visual Studio and put together a simple example for using them.  Recently, DSL Tools Version 1 was officially released as part of the VS 2005 SDK Version 3.

Domain Specific Language (DSL) Tools Version 1 is a set of tools for creating graphical designers hosted in Visual Studio. Using these tools, it is possible to create a fully-functional graphical designer with little or no coding. Then the tools automate the process of packaging the designer in an MSI file for deployment to users’ machines. Also included is a text templating engine, which interprets templates to generate text artifacts from information in models edited using the designers.

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  1. Greg says:

    Thanks for clearing that up!

    So to make sure I have it right:

       *   the DSL Tools is a way to create a flowchart designer for your application (ala Visio).

       *   the managed parser and lexxer are the ways to actually create Domain Specific Languages.

    Not to ask the obvious question, but… what does the Visio like designer have to do with Domain Specific Languages? There is no actual language there, right? You aren’t writing a language.