Articles about Domain-Specific Languages

Xtext 2.11 Is Released

By | February 1st, 2017|DSLs, Eclipse, Language Server, Xtext|

After more than 7 months we finally got Xtext 2.11 out the door. Thanks for your patience. But good things come to those who wait! So go and get it while it's hot. Xtext 2.11 comes with tons of bugfixes and improvements for the framework itself and for Xtend. If you want more technical [...]

Eclipse LSP4J Is Here!

By | November 12th, 2016|Cloud IDE, DSLs, Eclipse, Language Server, Uncategorized, Xtext|

This week the LSP4J repository finally got created and filled with the initial contributions. LSP4J is a Java binding of Microsoft's Language Server Protocol (LSP) with a Java implementation of the extended JSON RPC v2.0 the LSP is based on. The project aims at simplifying implementation of a LanguageClient (an editor) or a LanguageServer (e.g. a [...]

Xtext Core – Less is More

By | August 2nd, 2016|DSLs, Eclipse, Language Server, Xtext|

In this post I want to give a short update of what we've been doing in Xtext and what the future plans are. As you probably know, Xtext has been around for a couple of years growing into a very mature framework for implementing full blown programming languages like Xtend as well as simpler more [...]

Building a VS Code Extension with Xtext and the Language Server Protocol

By | July 27th, 2016|DSLs, Eclipse, Language Server, Xtext|

In the upcoming Version 2.11, Xtext will support the Language Server Protocol defined by Visual Studio Code. This is a very important step, as the protocol is generic and is going to be supported by other editors such as Eclipse or Che as well. In this post I want to give the early adopters among [...]

How And Why Use Xtext Without The IDE

By | March 16th, 2016|DSLs, Eclipse, Xtext|

Xtext is a language development framework that is best known for the rich tool support it gives you for your programming languages. But even if you don't need editing capabilities, Xtext has much more to offer than a simple parser generator like Antlr. In this post I will first describe the aspects and features that [...]

How To Eat The World With DSLs

By | January 24th, 2016|DSLs, Eclipse, Xtext|

Everybody repeats the popular quote by investor Marc Andreessen: “ Software is Eating the World”. This phrase describes how software is going everywhere these days and how it disrupts traditional businesses. Industries that seemed to be well-established and developed are taken over by startups with software in often just a couple of months. Think of [...]

Parsing Expressions With Xtext

By | January 1st, 2016|DSLs, Eclipse, Xtext|

Parsing simple XML-like, structural languages with Xtext is a no-brainer. However, parsing nested expressions is often considered a bit more complicated. This is due to their recursive nature and also because with Xtext you have to avoid left-recursive parser rules. As the underlying parser (generated by Antlr) uses a top-down approach, it would recurse endlessly [...]