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  • PLoP


    For the 25th conference, Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP®) in 2018 will be held in Portland Oregon in conjunction with the PUARL Conference October 24th - 26th.  The purpose of AsianPLoP is to promote the 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 PLoP Official Site Read the full story Read More
  • EuroPLoP


    EuroPLoP is the premier European conference on patterns and pattern languages. The purpose of PLoPs is to promote the development of patterns, pattern languages, technologies and experiences of patterns. EuroPLoP 2018 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 that is a gathering of experienced Scrum practitioners, assembled with the goal of contributing to the body of pattern literature with proven practices. . The purpose of PLoPs is to promote the development of patterns, pattern languages, technologies and experiences of patterns 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
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The Hillside Mission

The mission of the Hillside Group is to improve the quality of life and society as a whole. This includes architects, developers, managers, owners, workers, educators, students, and more. Understanding and helping the human element is critical for achieving success. The Hillside Group believes in making processes and design more humane by paying attention to real people and existing practices.

The Hillside Group promotes the use of patterns and pattern languages to record, analyze, and share knowledge to help achieve its mission. The Hillside Group sponsors a variety of activities to achieve this mission—organizing workshops, hosting PLoP (pattern) conferences, and producing publications for discussing, recording, and documenting successful practices.

The Hillside Group supports many different conferences such as: PLoP, EuroPLoP, AsianPLoP, VikingPLoP, SugarLoafPLoP, and ChiliPLoP. These conferences focus on writing groups to better improve patterns through group exposure. Each conference offers advanced topics for the more adept pattern writers. Participants have the opportunity to refine and extend their patterns with help from knowledgeable and sympathetic patterns enthusiasts.

Pattern Books

The Design Patterns Book Series showcases many patterns from PLoP conferences and leading experts in the patterns field.

See our Pattern Book Library filled with over 80 Pattern related books.

Patterns Resources

Conference Chair - The conference chair is responsible for implementing the budget set forth and accepted by the committee. The chair works directly with venue personnel to create the desired atmosphere for the conference. The chair assists in all aspects of the conference, including setting up the website, determining deadlines for registration, creating transportation information, and negotiating meeting space.

Program Chair - The program chair sets up the topics for the conference. (refer to Bob’s timeline)

Hillside Treasurer - The Hillside Treasurer is responsible for authorizing payment of bills incurred on behalf of the conference. No further discussion is needed, if the bills are aligned with the proposed and accepted budget.

Site Webmaster - The Site Webmaster is responsible for maintaining the information on the web site. If registration takes place online, the Webmaster will work with the chair in documenting the registration information, as well as keeping the information for the conference up to date.

Hot Topic Leaders - Hot Topic Leaders should propose their topics to the Program Chair for approval. In their email to the chair, they should include a list of people they believe would be interested in joining the group. The Hot Topic Leader takes responsibility for finding participants for their topics, for leading discussion the event, and for responding to any inquiries by possible attendees. (would this also be the case for focus groups?)

  • Hillside Fellowship Award
  • PLoP 2018 in Portland
  • Security Patterns in Practice
  • PLoP Conference Proceedings
  • 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 title of Hillside

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PLoP™ 2018 in Portland, Oregon

Check out the main PLoP Website for more information and details!!!

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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 owes something to

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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 program committee will

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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 working groups (similar

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