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MAINTAINING CORE BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE WITH LANGUAGE WORKBENCHES

A session at JAX Finance

Financial organizations typically rely on tools such as Word, Excel or form-based applications for domain experts to maintain the knowledge that represents the core business value of the organization (data structures, rules, calculations, formulas). This creates friction and manual work because these documents are hard to check or translate into executable software. The underlying reason is that the documents are not backed by well-defined structures. Language workbenches solve this problem by combining structured documents and proven IDE features (code completion, semantic checks, refactoring, debugging, testing) with notations commonly found in financial applications such as tables, mathematical formulas, box-and-line diagrams, semi-structured text as well as programming language-like textual syntax. In this session I explain what language workbenches are and how they can help in the context of financial applications. I rely on example systems from several real-world domains, built exclusively on Open Source software.

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JAX Finance

England England, London

28th29th April 2015

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