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Call for Papers

This is the Call For Papers for the Eighth Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools and Applications (LDTA 2008) LDTA is a satellite event of ETAPS and it takes place on April 5th, 2008 in Budapest, Hungary


LDTA is an application and tool oriented forum on meta programming in a broad sense. A meta program is a program that takes other programs as input or output. The focus of LDTA is on generated or otherwise efficiently implemented meta programs, possibly using high level descriptions of programming languages. Tools and techniques presented at LDTA are usually applicable in the context of "Language Workbenches" or "Meta Programming Systems" or simply as parts of advanced programming environments or IDEs. The applications areas include, but are not limited to:

LDTA is traditionally a forum where computer science theories are put to the test of real-world software engineering issues, for example by applying:

Note that LDTA solicits submissions from any technological or theoretical domain, as long as the paper is within the application scope.

Submission Procedure and Publication

Submissions in the following categories are admissible:

The final versions of accepted papers will be published in Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS), Elsevier Science, and will be made available during the workshop.

Each submission must:

The authors of the research papers and experience reports are required to give a 25 minute presentation at LDTA 2008. The authors of the tool demonstrations are required to demonstrate their tool during 22 minutes.

The authors of the best full-length papers will be invited to write a journal version of their paper which will be separately reviewed and, assuming acceptance, be published in journal form. As in past years, this will be done in a special issue devoted to LDTA 2008 of the journal Science of Computer Programming (Elsevier Science).

The authors of the best tool demonstrations will be invited to write a short paper and submit the source of code of their tool, which will both be separately reviewed and, assuming acceptance, be published in the special issue on Experimental Software and Toolkits (EST) of the journal Science of Computer Programming (Elsevier Science).

Please email your submission to both a.johnstone (at) and jurgen.vinju (at)

Important Dates


LDTA 2008 is the eighth instance of a series of succesful ETAPS satellite events: