Session Title Concrete syntax matters

Session Type Tutorial

Duration 75 minutes

Session Description

The single largest reason for user rejection of a language is how it looks. And let’s be honest, even most successful languages are pretty ugly – from the sea of angle brackets that is XML to the monochrome lines of UML. In this session we will look at how to design languages to make best use of the limited input, processing and output capabilities of the weakest link in software development: humans. Cognitive and empirical research has produced a number of results that are often surprising, always enlightening, yet all too rarely used. We will look at these results and examples of good and bad languages, both textual and graphical, focusing on their concrete syntax.


Speaker(s) Steven Kelly (MetaCase)

Steven is CTO of MetaCase and co-founder of the DSM Forum. He has over fifteen years of experience of tool building and consultancy in Domain-Specific Modelling. As architect and lead developer of MetaEdit+, he has seen it win or be a finalist in awards from SD Times, Byte, Net.Object Days, and Jolt Productivity. He has co-authored a book and over 50 articles in journals such as Dr. Dobb’s, and regularly speaks at events like OOPSLA and Software Architect. Steven is a member of IASA and on the editorial board of the Journal of Database Management.