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domain specific language (DSL)

A domain specific language (DSL) is a programming language that is developed to meet a specific need.  In this sense, a domain is a narrow area of interest.

A DSL may be developed to meet the needs of a particular platform, system, toolset, software problem, industry, or business challenge that cannot be effectively addressed by using mainstream languages. Examples of commonly used DSLs include cascading style sheets (CSS), Ant and SQL. The human-readable code that many DSLs employ can also help improve collaboration between programmers and other stakeholders. 

A DSL can be contrasted with a general purpose language, such as C#, which is designed to address a broad range of needs across the software development landscape. In many cases, a subset of a general purpose language can be developed and implemented as a domain specific language to address a particular problem. Ruby (particularly Ruby on Rails) and Scala are examples of languages that lend themselves to the development of these internal DSLs. For example, Scala might be used to create a DSL for highly complex domains such as trading exchanges in the energy industry. Most software projects will incorporate a general language and several peripheral DSLs to add required functionality for various domains within the system.

 

This was last updated in September 2014

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