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  • AsianPLoP


    Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP) conference is a premier event for pattern authors and users to gather, discuss and learn more about patterns and software development in the Asia region as well as other regions. The purpose of AsianPLoP is to promote development of patterns, pattern languages, technologies and experiences of patterns primarily about software; however, these for domains outside of software are also welcome.Visit the Asian PLoP Official Site   Read More
  • EuroPLoP


    EuroPLoP is the premier European conference on patterns and pattern languages. EuroPLoP 2017 will be held again at Kloster Irsee, Bavaria, Germany. At this fantastic venue you will experience a creative and constructive atmosphere that inspires your work. Visit the EuroPLoP Official Site. Read the full story Read More
  • ScrumPLoP


    ScrumPLoP is a PLoP® conference. It will be a gathering of experienced Scrum practitioners, assembled with the goal of contributing to the body of pattern literature with proven practices. If you don't yet know what a PLoP conference is, read about what a PLoP is here. Visit the ScrumPLoP Official Site. Read More
  • Viking PLoP

    Viking PLoP

    VikingPLoP contains writer’s workshops for submitted pattern papers, focus groups, and other activities. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to share their experience about patterns and software. As with the PLoP series of conferences, our overall goal is to build a community of patterns' people. VikingPLoP especially encourages submissions related to embedded systems, however, also other pattern-related topics are very welcome. Read More
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Software patterns constitute a highly effective means of improving the quality of software engineering, system design and development, and communication among the people building them. Patterns capture the best practices of software design, making them available to all software engineers.

This new LNCS Transactions subline aims to publish papers on patterns and pattern languages as applied to software design, development, and use, throughout all phases of the software life cycle, from requirements and design to implementation, maintenance and evolution. The primary focus of the LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming is on patterns, pattern collections, and pattern languages themselves. The journal also includes reviews, survey articles, criticisms of patterns and pattern languages, as well as other research on patterns and pattern languages.

In addition to presenting and discussing patterns, this LNCS journal aims to present material that is validated -- crucial to the application and advancement of both industry and research. In this spirit, the LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming focuses on publications that present patterns, research results and industrial studies that are verifiable. Every paper has been reviewed by both patterns experts and domain experts, including researchers and practitioners.

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James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Ralph Johnson, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

European Editor

Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, Austria

North American Editor

Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA

Editorial Board

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Joe Bergin, Pace University, New York, USA

Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Grady Booch, IBM, USA

Frank Buschmann, Siemens AG, Germany

Jim Coplien, Nordija, Denmark

Ward Cunningham, AboutUS, USA

Jutta Eckstein, Consultant, Germany

Susan Eisenbach, Imperial College London, UK

Richard P. Gabriel, IBM research, USA

Erich Gamma, IBM, Switzerland

Neil B. Harrison, Utah Valley State College, USA

Kevlin Henney, Curbralan Ltd, UK

Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego, USA

Mary Lynn Manns, University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA

Michael J. Pont, The University of Leicester, UK

Lutz Prechelt, Free University Berlin, Germany

Dirk Riehle, SAP Labs LLC California, USA

Mary Beth Rosson, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Andreas Rueping, Consultant, Germany

Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA

Peter Sommerlad, Institute for Software at HSR Rapperswil, Switzerland

Jenifer Tidwell, Consultant, USA

Joseph W. Yoder, Consultant, USA

Aims and Scope

LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming publishes:

Patterns and pattern languages

Reviews and critiques of patterns and pattern languages

Research on patterns and pattern languages

Case studies of the use of patterns and pattern languages

Empirical assessment and evaluation of patterns and pattern languages

Tool support for patterns and pattern languages


Authors are encouraged to submit papers on the following topics, though papers on other patterns topics are also welcome:

Patterns in software development generally, including software design, software engineering, and software architecture

Process patterns for management and development processes

Patterns for human-computer interaction (user-interface patterns, or novel modes of interaction)

Patterns for education (ranging from professional training to classroom teaching)

Patterns for business and organizations

Modeling patterns, analysis patterns, design patterns

Patterns for object-oriented design, aspect-oriented design, and software design generally

Patterns to describe libraries, frameworks, and other reusable software elements

Patterns for middleware, including distribution, optimization, security, and performance improvement

Domain specific patterns and technology specific patterns, as well as generic patterns

Patterns for refactoring and reengineering

Formal models and type systems for patterns

Programming environments, software repositories, and programming languages for patterns

The use of patterns to improve quality attributes such as adaptability, evolvability, reusability and cost-effectiveness

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should follow LNCS formatting guidelines, and should be submitted as PDF files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We expect papers submitted for consideration to have been workshopped and reviewed at at least one Hillside Group PLoP conference. When you submit your paper, please identify the most recent conference, year, writers workshop, and the workshop chair where you paper was workshopped.

All queries should be addressed to the above email address.

The Springer Journal Website accompanies this site with information regarding the patterns journal.

  • Hillside Fellowship Award 2016
  • Security Patterns in Practice
  • PLoP Conference Proceedings
  • Asian PLoP
  • EuroPLoP

The Hillside Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Ralph Johnson and Richard Gabriel for being presented the first Hillside Fellowship award at the 2016 PLoP event at Allerton, PLoP 2016 .

Hilside Fellowship Award Recipients 2016

The Hillside Fellowship Program was established in 2016 to recognize members of The Hillside Group who have made exceptional contributions to the Hillside community and to the patterns community at large. The

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Security Patterns in Practice

Eduardo Fernandez's new book " Security Patterns in Practice: Designing Secure Architectures with Software Patterns " has been published.


It is the result of 14 years of producing security patterns with students and colleagues. Almost all of these patterns went through PLoP, EuroPLoP, AsianPLoP, or SugarLoafPLoP. Many of you have participated as shepherds or workshop commentators, the book

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PLoP Conference Proceedings

After the PLoP Workshops, writers are encouraged to modify their papers and submit a final version. The final versions are collected and submitted to the ACM Digital Library. The versions are also available from the conference website.

Conference Proceedings (ACM Digital Library)

Some of the PLoP accepted papers have been published on the ACM Digital Library . The

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Asian PLoP

The premier Asian conference on
Pattern Languages of Programs

AsianPLoP solicits paper submissions written in both of English and Japanese; English papers and Japanese ones will be discussed in different sessions. Both practitioners from the industry and academics are invited to submit their papers. The conference solicits the papers for the following different sessions. Details can be found in Topics

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European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs

EuroPLoP is a conference that explores, develops and celebrates patterns in software. As with PLoP in the US, the main focus of EuroPLoP will be a series of writer's workshops where pattern authors work together to improve their patterns.

In addition to these workshops there will be discussion groups, BOF sessions and

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