Language Driven Development
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Language Driven Development

About the Book

When we program, we express our thoughts and intentions in programming languages. Different languages provide different mechanisms for expressing ourselves. Languages like Python or Ruby are relatively high level and out of the box, they let us write code that is closer to our problem domain. Other languages, like C or Assembly, are low level and in those languages we need more infrastructure to solve our problem. No matter what language we choose to write our programs in, it will almost never be a perfect fit for our problem. Even if we choose a high level language, we probably need some infrastructure. In this book we shall explore a development style where we write and design our programs by designing languages in which our programs are trivial to implement.

This book is still being written. I believe you will still get some value if you read it now. And it will continue to improve and you will get all updates as well.

About the Author

Rickard Lindberg
Rickard Lindberg

My name is Rickard Lindberg. I am interested in programming. I reflect on various aspects of this enjoyable activity over at

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Who is this book for?
  • About the examples
  • This book is being written
  • A closer look at programming languages
  • Limiting constructs
  • Limiting thinking
  • Signs of limitations
  • What is the right language?
  • A language for each problem
  • What is a language?
  • Design
  • Process
  • What are the benefits?
  • Is this approach really different?
  • Languages all the way down
  • Primitives, combination, and abstraction
  • What is the perfect language?
  • Example: Solving a puzzle
  • A language for describing puzzle problems
  • A language for finding solutions
  • Extending the description language
  • Summary
  • Example:
  • Summary

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