JetBrains, maker of developer tools such as the IntelliJ IDEA integrated development environment for Java developers, announces the 1.0 release of its new conceptual software development environment -- Meta Programming System.
JetBrains, maker of developer tools such as the IntelliJ IDEA integrated
development environment for Java developers, has announced the 1.0 release of
the company's new conceptual software development environment-Meta Programming
System, or MPS.
MPS is designed to create new languages
or language extensions, including programming languages, data languages or DSLs
(domain-specific languages), the company said. MPS
also allows composing languages with each other. For example, developers can
add new constructs to Java, or they can create a language specific to their
domain and embed Java code inside it.
MPS is a professional language workbench
and IDE for extending existing languages and
using them to develop software. Moreover, by using MPS,
and DSLs created with its help, domain experts can solve their domain-specific
tasks easily, even if they are not familiar with programming, JetBrains said.
"MPS has come a long way since the
original concept back in 2003 and is now a powerful, mature software tool that
paints the future of software development," said Sergey Dmitriev,
JetBrains CEO and creator of the MPS
concept. "We've always taken pride in using our own software products, and
we're already using MPS as a development
platform for several of our latest products. One of them, a Web-based issue
tracker code-named Charisma, is already available for early access
JetBrains delivered a beta
version of MPS
last December and released the 1.0 version on July 23.
MPS provides advanced facilities for
defining language type systems, constraints, specialized projectional editors
and generators. Utilizing the generative approach, languages in MPS
are described on a higher level, after which MPS
generates compilable code in other languages. Dmitriev said a key advantage of MPS
is that languages are composable: They can be easily combined with each other,
which promotes reuse of languages.
JetBrains officials said all MPS code is
licensed under the Apache 2.0 open-source license. However, the company
maintains a non-open-source component, which is called JetBrains IDE
Framework. Its license allows developers to freely use it in MPS'
derivatives, Dmitriev said.