Journal of Management Information Systems

Volume 1 Number 1 1984 pp. 102-111

Writing Simple Program Generators: A Case Study in Building Productivity Tools

Norman, Morton and Muriel, Amador

ABSTRACT: The development of a program generator for data acquisition and management on a microcomputer is described in a case study. The generator has been used to achieve major gains in productivity of both experienced programmers and naive users. Specific rules and techniques used in developing the program generator are presented, together with design tradeoffs. By implication, these methods are suitable for developing other program generators for a wide variety of applications. The claim is made that writing program generators which are modest in scope and generality is a straightforward and teachable task, rather than an exotic technique. Consequently, software groups are urged to consider developing such productivity tools.

Key words and phrases: program generators, programming productivity tools