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JetBrains MPS as Core DSL Technology for Developing Professional Digital Printers


To address the challenges of efficiently performing continuous innovation with sustainable quality, Canon Production Printing envisions the exploitation of models during the complete lifecycle of printer variants. The design of professional digital printers involves several engineering disciplines ranging from software and electrical and mechanical hardware to physics and chemistry. All these engineering disciplines already exploit various models in diverse tools to support their design activities. Apart from exploiting commodity modeling tools that are used in domain-specific ways, specialized domain-specific modeling tools are also developed. At the time of writing, Canon Production Printing had selected JetBrains MPS as one of the core technologies to interconnect the diverse range of models at the specification level. Such models are, for example, used for configuring virtual printers for analysis (e.g., by means of simulation), generation of documentation, and automating synthesis in some engineering disciplines. To allow for automated processing, MPS is also used for capturing domain-specific knowledge in models that has not yet been formalized. At the time of writing, approximately 10 people at Canon Production Printing develop domain-specific languages using MPS and approximately 40 people use these as part of their daily printer development activities. This chapter gives an overview of some of the applications of MPS at Canon Production Printing and how it is changing the way-of-working to achieve efficient continuous innovation with sustainable quality.


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  • Way-of-working
  • Virtual printer

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Schindler, E. et al. (2021). JetBrains MPS as Core DSL Technology for Developing Professional Digital Printers. In: Bucchiarone, A., Cicchetti, A., Ciccozzi, F., Pierantonio, A. (eds) Domain-Specific Languages in Practice. Springer, Cham.

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