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Date: 2008-12-05 (03:18)
From: Emir Pasalic <pasalic@c...>
Subject: Finall Call For Papers (DSL WC)
*** IFIP Working Conference on Domain Specific Languages (DSL WC) ***
      July 15-17, 2009, Oxford


* Call for Papers
Domain-specific languages are emerging as a fundamental component of  
software engineering practice. DSLs are often introduced when new  
domains such as web-scripting or markup come into existence, but it is  
also common to see DSLs being introduced and adopted for traditional  
domains such as parsing and data description. Developing software  
using DSLs has many benefits. DSLs are often designed based on  
existing notations that are already in use by experts in a given  
domain. As such, successful DSLs often reduce or eliminate the effort  
needed to transform the concept or innovation produced by the domain  
expert into an executable artifact or even a deliverable software  
product. DSL implementations can capture and mechanize a significant  
portion of the repetitive and mechanical tasks that a domain expert  
traditionally needed to perform in order to produce an executable.  
DSLs can in many cases capture and make widely available special  
expertise that only top specialists in a given domain might have. By  
capturing expert knowledge and reducing repetitive tasks, DSLs often  
also lead to software that is significantly more portable, more  
reliable and more understandable than it would otherwise be.

DSLs can be viewed as having a dual role to general-purpose languages:  
whereas general purpose languages try to do everything as well as  
possible, DSLs are designed to find a domain where they can solve some  
class of problems -- no matter how small -- in the best possible way.  
Widely known examples of DSLs include Matlab, Verilog, SQL, LINQ,  
JavaScript, PERL, HTML, Open GL, Tcl/Tk, Macromedia Director,  
Mathematica/Maple, AutoLisp/AutoCAD, XSLT, RPM, Make, lex/yacc, LaTeX,  
PostScript, Excel, among many others. But while these tools have been  
widely successful, they still fall short of realizing the full idea  
behind them. The goal of this conference is to explore the extent to  
which incorporating modern principles of language design and software  
engineering can benefit existing and future domain-specific languages.

The ultimate goal of using DSLs is to improve programmer productivity  
and software quality. Often, this is achieved by reducing the cost of  
initial software development as well as maintenance costs. These  
improvements - programs being easier to write and maintain -  
materialize as a result of domain-specific guarantees, analyses,  
testing techniques, verification techniques, and optimizations.

*  Paper Criteria
Papers are sought addressing the research problems, fundamental  
principles, and practical techniques of DSLs, including but not  
limited to:
       -  Foundations, including semantics, formal methods, type  
theory, and complexity theory
       -   Language design, ranging from concrete syntax to semantic  
and typing issues
       -   Software engineering, including domain analysis, software  
design, and 	  round-trip engineering
       -   Software processes, including metrics for software and  
language evaluation
       -   Implementation techniques, including parsing, compiling,  
and program 	  generation
       -   Program analysis and automated transformation
       -  Reverse engineering, re-engineering, design discovery,  
automated refactoring
       -  Hardware/software codesign
       -  Programming environments, including visual languages,  
debuggers, and testing  infrastructure
       -   Teaching DSLs and the use of DSLs in teaching

Case studies, including engineering, bioinformatics, hardware  
specification languages, parallel computing languages, real-time and  
embedded systems, and networked and distributed domains
Papers will be judged on the depth of their insight and the extent to  
which they translate specific experience into general lessons for  
domain-specific language designers and implementers, and software  
engineers. Papers can range from the practical to the theoretical;  
where appropriate, they should refer to actual languages, tools, and  
techniques, provide pointers to full definitions and implementations,  
and include empirical data on results.

   * Important Dates
       -  July 23rd, 2008: First Call for Papers
       -  November 12th, 2008: Final Call for Papers
       - December 14th, 2008: Abstract submission due.
       - December 21st, 2008: Paper submission deadline.
       - February 23rd, 2009: Author notification of decisions
       - March 22nd, 2009: Camera ready manuscripts due

   * Instructions for Authors
Proceedings will be published in the Springer LNCS series. Submissions  
and final manuscripts are to follow the LNCS stylesheet formatting  
guidelines, and are not to exceed 25 pages. Please submit your  
manuscripts online using the EasyChair conference management system.

   * Program Committee
Jon Bentley, Avayalabs
Martin Erwig, Oregon State University
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Robert Grimm, New York University
Jim Grundy, Intel Strategic CAD Labs
Tom Henzinger, EPFL
Sam Kamin, UIUC
Dick Kieburtz, Portland State University
Ralf Lämmel, University of Koblenz
Julia Lawall, University of Copenhagen
Benjamin Pierce, University of Pennsylvania
Vivek Sarkar, Rice University
Jeremy Siek, University of Colorado at Boulder
José Nuno Oliveira, University of Minho
Doaitse Swierstra, Utrecht University
Walid Taha (Chair), Rice University
Eelco Visser, Delft University
William Waite, University of Colorado at Boulder
Stephanie Weirich, University of Pennsylvania

   * Organizers
General Chair: Jeremy Gibbons, Oxford University
Publicity Chair: Emir Pasalic, LogicBlox