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Domain-specific language

A language (i.e., not just a library) with abstractions targeted at a specific problem domain.


Easier programming, more efficient or secure, possibly better error reports


Lots of implementation work, language fragmentation, learning/training issues, less tooling, troublesome interoperability, possibly worse error reports

External DSL

A DSL defined as a separate programming language.

Internal or embedded DSL

A DSL defined as language-like interface to library.