A domain-specific language (DSL) is a programming language or specification language dedicated to a particular problem

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Building a DSL: Scripted atop a general-purpose language or stand-alone?

I'm debating designing a domain specific language to simplify a given, obscure programming model. Part of the debate is whether to build it (as a script) atop an existing language/runtime (e.g. Java) ...
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Need overview of concepts and tools to translate a DSL to regular expressions

I'm looking for a little guidance. Until this morning, this was all over my head. After spending today researching Wikipedia, StackOverflow, etc., I'd say I've got my nose above the water. I'm tasked ...
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In what area is LISP's macro better than Ruby's “ability” to create DSL

One of things that makes Ruby shine is the ability to create Domain Specific Languages better, like Sinatra Rspec Rake Ruby on Rails' ActiveRecord Though one can duplicate these libraries in LISP ...
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How far to go when future proofing fluent-method-chained-DSL test code?

Is it worth implementing interfaces, or using the getThis() trick, or even static factory methods to future proof against the need to extend this DSL? The current design is a pair of thin ...
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Learning to write DSLs utilities for unit tests and am worried about extensablity

I'm trying to simplify our unit tests with hand written DSL's. So far I have DSL's that walk developers through processing a service after setting up all preconditions and the construction of an ...