Towards Automated Program Abstraction and Language Enrichment

Authors Sergej Chodarev, Emília Pietriková, Ján Kollár

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Sergej Chodarev
Emília Pietriková
Ján Kollár

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Sergej Chodarev, Emília Pietriková, and Ján Kollár. Towards Automated Program Abstraction and Language Enrichment. In 2nd Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies. Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 29, pp. 51-64, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2013)


This paper focuses on the presentation of a method for automated raise of programming language abstraction level. The base concept for the approach is a code pattern -- recurring structure in program code. In contrast to design patterns it has a specific representation at a code level and thus can be parameterized and replaced by a new language element. In the article two algorithms for automated recognition of patterns in samples of programs are described and examined. The paper also presents an approach for language extension based on the found patterns. It is based on an interactive communication with the programming environment, where recognized patterns are suggested to a programmer and can be injected into the language in a form of new elements. Conducted experiments are evaluated in regard to the future perspective and contributions.
  • Abstraction
  • code patterns
  • language extension
  • projectional editing


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