A Case Study in Evidence-Based DSL Evolution

  • Jeroen van den Bos
  • Tijs van der Storm
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7949)


Domain-specific languages (dsls) can significantly increase productivity and quality in software construction. However, even dsl programs need to evolve to accomodate changing requirements and circumstances. How can we know if the design of a dsl supports the relevant evolution scenarios on its programs? We present an experimental approach to evaluate the evolutionary capabilities of a dsl and apply it on a dsl for digital forensics, called DERRIC. Our results indicate that the majority of required changes to DERRIC programs are easily expressed. However, some scenarios suggest that the dsl design can be improved to prevent future maintenance problems. Our experimental approach can be considered first steps towards evidence-based dsl evolution.


Language Feature Corrective Maintenance Digital Forensic Version Control System Source Code Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeroen van den Bos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tijs van der Storm
    • 1
  1. 1.Centrum Wiskunde & InformaticaAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Netherlands Forensic InstituteDen HaagThe Netherlands

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