Advanced Topics in DSL Design and Implementation

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PhD Course on "Advanced Topics in Domain Specific Language Design and Implementation"

Here you can find information about the PhD course for Spring semester 2015.

Various Information

Teachers: Andrzej Wasowski. Claus Brabrand. Aleksandar Dimovski.


Registration: (Aleksandar Dimovski)

Format: Research seminar. Presentation and discussion 90 minutes a session, 10 sessions. The course participants are supposed to read the paper before the scheduled discussion slots.

Participants take turns presenting the material. Everybody is expected to actively participate in the discussions.

Assessment: Presentation of at least one paper and active participation throughout the seminar is required for passing the course.

Meetings: Our weekly meetings are every Monday from 12:30 till 13:55 starting from 13th April.

Meeting room:

           4A05 (13.04, 20.04, 27.04, 04.05, 11.05, 18.05, 01.06, 08.06, 15.06, 22.06)


The research seminar will be devoted to mechanism for defining, implementing and analyzing semantics of diverse modeling languages (with minor necessary excursions into issues of syntax).

We will study the following papers:

  • Daniel L. Moody. The “Physics” of Notations: Toward a Scientific Basis for Constructing Visual Notations in Software Engineering. IEEE Trans. Software Eng. 35(6): 756-779 (2009) [1]
  • Landin, Peter J. The next 700 programming languages. Communications of the ACM 9 (3): 157–166 (March 1966). [2]. [include a short biographical note on Peter Landin]
  • Martin Churchill, Peter D. Mosses, Paolo Torrini. Reusable components of semantic specifications. MODULARITY 2014: 145-156. [3]
  • Manuel Clavel, Francisco Durán, Steven Eker, Patrick Lincoln, Narciso Martí-Oliet, José Meseguer, Jose F. Quesada. Maude: specification and programming in rewriting logic. Theor. Comput. Sci. 285(2): 187-243 (2002) [4]

Paul Gazzillo, Robert Grimm: SuperC: parsing all of C by taming the preprocessor. PLDI 2012: 323-334

Christian Kästner, Paolo G. Giarrusso, Tillmann Rendel, Sebastian Erdweg, Klaus Ostermann, Thorsten Berger: Variability-aware parsing in the presence of lexical macros and conditional compilation. OOPSLA 2011: 805-824

Martin Erwig and E. Walkingshaw. The choice calculus: A representation for software variation. ACM Trans. Softw. Eng. Methodol., 21(1):6:1–6:27, Dec. 2011

  • Type Checking [2 sessions] (1st session: 26.03, Aleksandar) (2nd session: 02.04, Stefan)

Sheng Chen, Martin Erwig, Eric Walkingshaw: An error-tolerant type system for variational lambda calculus. ICFP 2012: 29-40

Christian Kästner, Sven Apel, Thomas Thüm, Gunter Saake: Type checking annotation-based product lines. ACM Trans. Softw. Eng. Methodol. 21(3): 14 (2012) (or ASE 2008)

  • Static Analysis and Abstract Interpretation [1 sessions] (1st session: 09.04, Claus)

Brabrand, M. Ribeiro, T. Tolêdo, J. Winther, and P. Borba. Intraprocedural dataflow analysis for software product lines. Transactions on Aspect-Oriented Software Development, 10:73–108, 2013.

Bodden, T. Tolêdo, M. Ribeiro, C. Brabrand, P. Borba, and F. Mezini. SPLLIFT - statically analyzing software product lines in minutes instead of years. In PLDI’13, 2013.

Midtgaard, J., Brabrand, C. & Wasowski, A. Systematic Derivation of Static Analyses for Software Product Lines. In 2014 ACM SIGPLAN 13th International Conference on MODULARITY. (or its extended version)

  • Deductive Verification [2 sessions] (1st session: 30.04, Alex) (2nd session: 14.05, Tijs)

Thomas Thüm, Ina Schaefer, Martin Hentschel, Sven Apel: Family-based deductive verification of software product lines. GPCE 2012: 11-20

Reiner Hähnle, Ina Schaefer: A Liskov Principle for Delta-Oriented Programming. ISoLA (1) 2012: 32-46 (this or the above, or both in the same session)

Benjamin Delaware, William R. Cook, Don S. Batory: Product lines of theorems. OOPSLA 2011: 595-608

  • Combinatorial Interaction Testing [1 session] (1st session: 21.05, Iago)

D. Richard Kuhn, Dolores R. Wallace, and Albert M. Gallo. Software fault interactions and implications for software testing. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 30(6):418–421, 2004.

Myra B. Cohen, Matthew B. Dwyer, and Jiangfan Shi. Constructing interaction test suites for highly-configurable systems in the presence of constraints: A greedy approach. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 34:633–650, 2008

  • Analysis Strategies [1 session] (1st session: 28.05, Rao)

Thomas Thüm, Sven Apel, Christian Kästner, Martin Kuhlemann, Ina Schaefer, and Gunter Saake. Analysis Strategies for Software Product Lines. Technical Report FIN-004-2012, School of Computer Science, University of Magdeburg, Germany, April 2012.

  • Formal Feature Modeling [1 session]

David Benavides, Sergio Segura and Antonio Ruiz-Cortes. Automated Analysis of Feature Models 20 Years Later: A Literature Review. Journal Information Systems, 615-636.

Don Batory. Feature models, grammars, and propositional formulas. SPLC 2005, 7-20.

David Benavides, Pablo Trinidad, and Antonio Ruiz-Cortes. Automated Reasoning on Feature Models. CAiSE 2005, 491–503.

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