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What is PLoP?

Pattern Languages of Programming (PLoP) events are opportunities for pattern authors to have their pattern languages critically reviewed by fellow authors. This criticism is offered in the form of Writer's Workshops. This feedback allows the participants to improve their patterns to make them more useful or more publishable.

 

There is no guaranteed publication associated with the review of a pattern language at PLoP. In the past, selected papers have appeared in the Pattern Language of Program Design (PLoPD) series. Each pattern paper that is reviewed at PLoP might be placed in a pool that is drawn from to populate future PLOPD books.

 

 

Upcoming PLoP Conference

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2017
October 23-25, 2017
in conjunction with SPLASH 2015 in Vancouver, Canada
URL: www.hillside.net/plop/

 

Past PLoP Conferences

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2016

October 24-26, 2016

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2016

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2015

October 24-26, 2015

in conjunction with SPLASH 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2015

   

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2014

September 14-17, 2014

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2014

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2013

October 23 - 26, 2013

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2013

   

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2012

October 19 - 21, 2010

Tucson, Arizona

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2012

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2011

October 21 - 23, 2011

Portland, Oregon

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2011

   

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2010

October 16 - 18, 2010

Reno, Nevada

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2010

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2009

August 28-30, 2009

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2009

   

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2008

October 18 - 20, 2008

Nashville, TN USA

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2008/

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2007

September 5 - 8, 2007

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2007

   

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2006

October 21 - 23, 2006

Portland, OR USA

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2006

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2005

September 7 - 10, 2005

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2005

   

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2004

September 8 - 12, 2004

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/2004

 

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2003

September 8th - 12th, 2003

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/plop2003

   

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2002

September 8 - 12, 2002

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/plop2002

Pattern Languages of Programs Conference 2001

September 11 - 15, 2001

Allerton Park in Monticello, IL

URL: www.hillside.net/plop/plop2001

 OOPSLA 2007 Mini PLoP Workshop

October 25th 2007

Montreal Canada

URL: www.hillside.net/index.php/conferences/plop/ooplsa-2007-mini-plop

 OOPSLA 2009 Mini PLoP

October 25th, 2009

Orlando, FL

URL: www.hillside.net/index.php/conferences/plop/ooplsa-2009-mini-plop

Further Back

 

Activities at PLoP

Here's a sample of what has been going on at PLoPs...

Writers' Workshops

Writers' Workshops are used by the pattern community to improve our patterns. These are the primary focus of our time at PLoP.

Resources:

Gifting

If someone gives you something ... pass it on

Gifting is a custom of many societies of giving visitors and friends small tokens of friendship. This custom began with PLoP'97. PLoP attendees should bring about 20 small gifts that represent themselves, their work, or their companies. Suggested gifts range from hats to T-shirts, from toys to trinkets, from pens to pencils, from abaci to zirconium.

Over the course of the conference these gifts should be presented to other attendees. Whenever the giver feels moved to make a gift. Getting started might be a little awkward, as we each determine when to give what to who. After the first few gifts, it will become less so. And it will likely feel risky, ``is my gift good enough?,'' ``what if they don't have anything to give me?,'' ``what if I receive something from someone that I don't want to give anything to?'' This also will reduce after the first few.

The benefits of deepening our connections to the other pattern folks at PLoP, and the wisdom into the them and ourselves will greatly exceed our discomfort at getting started. Expect to receive some insight into your fellow attendees, from who gifts you and with what; as well as insight into yourself when you receive a gift.

Attire

The weather at Allerton Park for PLoP is typically in the 60-90 degree Fahrenheit/15-32 degree Celsius range with the possibility for rain. The Allerton Park buildings are air conditioned. Events and activities take place both inside and outside on the lawn.

To raise our creative spirits, outdoor games are an important part of PLoP. Plan on going outside occasionally to frolic on the grass, and plan your attire for comfort and convenience. While suits aren't banned, you might be the only one wearing one!

Games

Games are a well-established activity at PLoP. So far, George Platts has been helping us with this matter. Some games have become 'traditions,'' while others will be surprises. Come with an open mind, prepared to engage in some fun time with your fellow PLoPers.

Naptime

Sometimes naptime is scheduled.

Accommodations

Allerton House

Allerton Park has beautiful grounds and facilities well suited to PLoP. However, it was not designed as a modern conference center. This has two practical ramifications that participants should be aware of:

  • Sleeping rooms are shared with other PLoP attendees. The facilities do not have nearly enough rooms for everyone to have a private room.
  • The building has very few telephones. PLoP might be a good time to plan on getting away from the office.

 

 

 

Conference Location

Historically PLoP was held at the Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center, near Monticello, Illinois, USA. This conference center is maintained by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (You can check out the current weather in Monticello or Chicago O'Hare from the Weather Channel or through a WebCam that shows a live image of the Engineering campus--courtesy of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Group at NCSA.)

 

Allerton House

This site is home to native flood-plain forest and upland woods, as well as numerous formal gardens. The manor house, modeled after the Ham House in England, was built in 1900.

The University of Illinois' Web server hosts more information about the Allerton Conference center, including a virtual tour of the park, driving directions, and a short history.

Co-location with the Splash Conference

In 2010, the PLoP Conference will be co-located with the Splash Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Co-location with the Agile Conference

In 2009, the PLoP Conference was co-located with the Agile Conference in Chicago, IL.

Co-location with OOPSLA

In recent years, the PLoP Conference has been co-located with OOPSLA. In 2008, the conference will swing down to Nashville to be held in conjunction with OOPSLA.

 

Patterns in Enterprise Architecture Management (PEAM2010)

From the PEAM website:

There is a growing interest in academia and industry to identify, collect, document and exchange best practices in the management of very large software application landscapes in a structured manner.

The goal of the workshop is to improve this knowledge exchange by using an integrating pattern-based approach. An enterprise architecture management pattern (EAM pattern) is a general, reusable solution to a common problem in a given context which identifies driving forces, known usages and consequences. It can be specified on different levels of abstraction and detail, e.g. as a framework for enterprise architectures, as a method for enterprise modeling, or as a reference model.

http://wwwmatthes.in.tum.de/wikis/sebis/peam2010

The Nordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
Sagadi Manor, Estonia

VikingPLoP is a conference in the tradition of the PLoP conferences, held in different places in northern Europe; that's what the Vikings did -- they were always moving to new territory! VikingPLoP 2014 will be held in Estonia in April.

The conference program 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. For examples of patterns from past years, browse the material at the Patterns Homepage.

Any questions regarding this conference can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VikingPLoP
The Nordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs

 

We have compiled our collected PLoP experiences into a series named How to Run PLoP

PLoP PhotoThe Hillside Group Sponsors many different conferences such as: PLoP, EuroPLoP, AsianPLoP, ScrumPLoP, VikingPLoP, SugarLoafPLoP, UP, 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.

Conference Proceedings

The Nordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
Stora Nyteboda, Sweden
25 - 28 September, 2008

VikingPLoP is a conference in the tradition of the PLoP conferences, held in different places in Scandinavia; that's what the Vikings did -- they were always moving to new territory! VikingPLoP 2008 will be held in Stora Nyteboda, Sweden in September.

The conference program will be made up of writers workshops for submitted pattern papers, focus groups and other activities. The conference provides participants with the opportunity to share their experience with patterns and software. As with the PLoP series of conferences, our overall goal is to build a community of people who want a better way to work.

VikingPLoP especially welcomes submissions from first-time authors. For examples of patterns from past years, browse the material at the Patterns Home Page.

Any questions regarding this conference can be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VikingPLoP
The Nordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
September 25 - 28th, 2008

Stora Nyteboda

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