The tendency to raise the abstraction level in programming languages towards a particular domain is also a major driving force in the research domain of aspect-oriented programming languages. As a matter of fact, pioneering work in this field was conducted by devising small domain-specific aspect languages (DSALs) such as COOL for concurrency management and RIDL for serialization, RG, AML, and others. After a dominating focus on general-purpose languages, research in the AOSD community is again taking this path in search of innovative approaches, insights and a deeper understanding of fundamentals behind AOP. Based on the successful DSAL'06-'10 workshops, and the special issue of IET Software journal on Domain-Specific Aspect Languages, this workshop series continues to support a growing trend in AOSD research.
The workshop aims to bring the research communities of domain-specific language engineering and domain-specific aspect design together. In the previous successful editions held at GPCE06/OOPSLA06 and AOSD07 we approached domain-specific aspect languages both from a design and a language implementation point of view. At AOSD08-10 we also invited contributions of work on adding domain-specific extensions (DSXs) to general-purpose aspect languages (GPALs). This year we focus on the use of multiple DSALs, or multi-domain AOP, and how DSALs may ease composition issues. If an application uses multiple DSALs, one for each domain, how can interactions be treated and what advantages do DSALs bring to this setting?
We seek contributions related to domain-specific aspect languages, more particularly (but not limited to):
A good analysis of conflicting forces is at least as useful for potential participants of this workshop as descriptions of original new approaches or experience reports.
The workshop accepts three types of submissions: work-in-progress papers, position papers, and technical papers. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM digital library as part of the workshop proceedings.
Papers should be formatted in SIGPLAN proceedings style (sigplanconf.cls). Page limit depends on the type of submission: 3 pages for work-in-progress and position papers, 5 pages for technical papers.
The submission should be submitted via easychair: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsal11, clearly indicating the type of submission.
Format of the workshop
The format of the workshop will echo the format used in the previous editions:
A number of plenary sessions will first be held, according to grouping of accepted papers, consisting of (1) brief presentations of selected papers, (2) a discussion with the presenting authors including participation from the audience.
Second, interactive group work will be performed to identify relevant issues in the domain and possible ways to address them.