Back to overview

Exemplifying Moldable Development

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author Chiçs Andrei, Gîrba Tudor, Kubelka Juraj, Nierstrasz Oscar, Reichhart Stefan, Syrel Aliaksei,
Project Agile Software Analysis
Show all

Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Page(s) 33 - 42
ISBN 978-1-4503-4776-1
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Programming Experience 2016 (PX/16) Workshop
DOI 10.1145/2984380.2984385

Open Access


Developing and evolving software requires developers to continuously make decisions about how to steer the design and implementation of their applications. To make informed decisions developers commonly formulate detailed and domain-specific questions about their software systems and use tools to explore available information and answer those questions. Development tools however focus on generic programming tasks while program comprehension and analysis tools typically are not tightly integrated with their development tools and environments. This has a negative effect on program comprehension as it increases the effort and the time needed to obtain an answer. To improve program comprehension we propose that developers build software using development tools tailored to their specific application domains, as this can directly answer domain-specific questions. We introduce moldable development as an approach for developing software in which developers evolve development tools together with their applications. In this paper we sketch the idea of moldable development and give examples to illustrate how it can be applied in practice. Through these examples we show that given a low cost for extending development tools, developers can create relevant and useful customizations to help them evolve their own applications.