Meet up

Thinking Specific: How to increase productivity by pragmatically applying and building Domain Specific Languages

Wednesday, 26th January at Skills Matter, London

This meetup was organised by Skills Matter In The Brain in January 2011


Thinking Specific with DSLs

Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) are springing up all over the place, and it's hard to engage with any software development framework without encountering some facets that could be considered under the DSL banner. This is no accident. Given the right mix of technology, convention, domain selection and, most importantly, audience consideration, a DSL can turn the most complicated and esoteric development headache into an expression that is simple (enough) to write, as straightforward to read as a cartoon and slips into the brain's memory and comprehension nodes like 100% proof vodka.

However evaluating and building your own DSLs is no mean feat. So, if you're in the business of writing clean code (go on, hands up, who isn't?!), creating world-class API's, or just love the ego trip of creating your own funky language then there'll be something in this talk for you.

In this talk, Russ Miles and Tareq Abedrabbo (co-creators of the new Deep Dive DSLs with Groovy course) will show how they apply DSL principles and practices effectively in order to build and evaluate real world DSLs to write the cleanest, expressive and most productive code possible for a given domain problem.

Russ Miles

Russ Miles is CEO and co-founder of Reliably, where he and his team build products and services that help developers build and run reliable systems. Russ is co-founder of the free and open source Chaos Toolkit project, and is also an international consultant, trainer, speaker, and author. His most recent book, "Learning Chaos Engineering" by O'Reilly Media explores how to build trust and confidence in modern, complex systems by applying chaos engineering to surface evidence of system weaknesses before they affect your users.

Tareq Abedrabbo

Tareq is Chief Technical Officer at OpenCredo. He is continually involved in the delivery of innovative projects, frequently incorporating NoSQL/Big Data and Cloud platforms, to a wide range of organisations. His approach is highly pragmatic and hands-on, and focuses on problem solving and delivering value to his clients.

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