Tools to create, tools to consume, tools to check

As a number of my colleagues have already pointed out the December download of the DSL Tools are now available. Three walkthroughs giving more detail on how to use these bits should also be available soon – hopefully before Christmas, if not early in the New Year.  Not only do these bits allow you to create a…

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DSL workbench now live

I’ve just returned from OOPSLA and Redmond, and am pleased to see that the DSL tools workbench site is now live, delayed by a few teething problems with process – we should get better at this with each release of content. You can now download a preview version of the object model editor, which is accompanied…

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What I’ve been working on

I can now point you at a couple of announcements about the technology I’ve been working on. Here’s the Microsoft Press announcement: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/oct04/10-26OOPSLAEcosystemPR.asp The exciting aspect of this is that we’re going to start making the technology available to the community as soon as we can. Here’s the site to watch: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/teamsystem/workshop/ I’ll post to…

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Microsoft at OOPSLA

Here’s what Microsoft are doing at OOPSLA this year: http://msdn.microsoft.com/architecture/community/events/oopsla2004/ Network connections permitting, I’ll be blogging for the couple of days I’m there. OOPSLA will be an interesting experience for me this year. In the past I’ve attended and presented as a researcher from the academic community. I wonder if the experience will be any…

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Not going to UML conference, but will be at OOPSLA

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was giving a tutorial at the UML conference with Alan Wills. The tutorial is still happening, but unortunately I won’t have a hand in presenting it – I’m not able to make it to the conference. However, I will be at Oopsla on Tuesday (26 Oct) and…

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UML, DSLs and software factories: let those analogies flow…

I typed this entry a few days ago, but then managed to lose it through a set of circumstances I’m too embarrassed to tell you about. It’s always better second time around in any case. Anyway, reading this recent post from Simon Johnston prompted a few thoughts that I’d like to share. In summary, Simon likens…

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What does it mean to be MDA compliant?

I read on Jim Steel’s blog that back in August there was lots of discussion on OMG lists about what makes a compliant MDA tool. I followed a link from his blog to this entry, and there were three aspects that intrigued me. The top two proposed criteria for a conformant MDA tool require that such a…

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Premature standardization

I used the phrase ‘premature standardization’ in an earlier post today. I’m rather pleased with it, as it is a crisp expression of something that has vexed me for some time, namely the tendency of standards efforts in the software space to transform themselves into a research effort of the worst kind – one run by…

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UML conference

Two posts in the same day. I guess I’m making up for the two month gap. Anyway, Alan Wills and I are giving a tutorial at the UML conference in Lisbon in October. The tutorial is called “How to design and use Domain Specific Modeling Languages” and is on Tuesday 12th October in the afternoon….

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Back from vacation, more on DSLs

It’s been a long time since my last entry – those few who were following my blog have probably given up by now. The interruption in service has been due to (a) family vacation and (b) moving house. One of these days I’ll wax lyrical about the inadequacies of the English system for buying and…

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