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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Knowing how to create domain-specific languages (DSLs) can give you a huge
productivity boost. Instead of writing code in a general-purpose programming
language, you can first build a custom language tailored to make you efficient
in a particular domain.
The key is understanding the common patterns found across language
implementations. Language Design Patterns identifies and condenses the most
common design patterns, providing sample implementations of each.
The pattern implementations use Java, but the patterns themselves are
completely general. Some of the implementations use the well-known ANTLR parser
generator, so readers will find this book an excellent source of ANTLR examples
as well. But this book will benefit anyone interested in implementing
languages, regardless of their tool of choice. Other language implementation
books focus on compilers, which you rarely need in your daily life. Instead,
Language Design Patterns shows you patterns you can use for all kinds of
You'll learn to create configuration file readers, data readers, model-driven
code generators, source-to-source translators, source analyzers, and
interpreters. Each chapter groups related design patterns and, in each pattern,
you'll get hands-on experience by building a complete sample implementation. By
the time you finish the book, you'll know how to solve most common language