Confounding Effects of Domain-Specific Language Usage

June 6, 2009

One for the discussion section…

It is impossible to generalize research on domain-specific languages as much as we would like. Domain-specific languages are so numerous and vary so widely that any controlled laboratory experiment will miss important properties of the DSLs left unstudied. As for the study of DSLs in practice, we cannot claim that any result found is an intrinsic property of the domain-specific language approach. It is plausible, for example, that DSLs are only ever used where requirements are unusually precise or where the domain is easily modeled.

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