Accelerating the creation of customized, language-specific IDEs in eclipse

P. Charles, R.M. Fuhrer, S.M. Sutton, E. Duesterwald, J.J. Vinju

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    Abstract

    Full-featured integrated development environments have become critical to the adoption of new programming languages. Key to the success of these IDEs is the provision of services tailored to the languages. However, modern IDEs are large and complex, and the cost of constructing one from scratch can be prohibitive. Generators that work from language specifications reduce costs but produce environments that do not fully reflect distinctive language characteristics. We believe that there is a practical middle ground between these extremes that can be effectively addressed by an open, semi-automated strategy to IDE development. This strategy is to reduce the burden of IDE development as much as possible, especially for internal IDE details, while opening opportunities for significant customizations to IDE services. To reduce the effort needed for customization we provide a combination of frameworks, templates, and generators. We demonstrate an extensible IDE architecture that embodies this strategy, and we show that this architecture can be used to produce customized IDEs, with a moderate amount of effort, for a variety of interesting languages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object Oriented Programming Systems Languages and Applications (OOPSLA'09), October 25-29, 2009, Orlando, Florida
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Pages191-206
    ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-766-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Eventconference; 24th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object Oriented Programming Systems Languages and Applications; 2009-10-25; 2009-10-29 -
    Duration: 25 Oct 200929 Oct 2009

    Conference

    Conferenceconference; 24th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object Oriented Programming Systems Languages and Applications; 2009-10-25; 2009-10-29
    Period25/10/0929/10/09
    Other24th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object Oriented Programming Systems Languages and Applications

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