Simonyi and Language Workbenches

For the last 3 months that I’ve been back at ThoughtWorks, I’ve been working with Charles Simonyi at Intentional Software on their Intentional Editor. It is one of an emerging set of tools that Martin Fowler is about to brand “Language Workbenches”.

It’s pretty amazing stuff. I am somewhat limited as to what I can say about the specifics of their editor, but I want to start talking about the field of Language Workbenches in general.

I’m still figuring out what I want to talk about, separating my blog into personal / work sections (which was long overdue) is a part of it. I believe Language Workbenches are quite possibly the next big thing in software, and I think we have some interesting road ahead of us.

In the near future expect posts on things like DSL’s (Domain Specific Languages), or what a next generation IDE might look like.

And if you want to know more, definitely stay current w/ and


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