Important Dates*

** May 14 **
Paper submissions due
** end of June **
Shepherding is expected to begin...
August 14
Shepherd recommendations due
August 30
Notification of acceptance: ongoing
September 15 (extended!)
Last day for OOPSLA early registration
October 3
Shepherding ends and Conference Drafts due
October 17
October 18-20
PLoP days
October 19-23


2008 Conference Proceedings

Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP™) conference is a premier event for pattern authors and pattern enthusiasts to gather, discuss and learn more about patterns and software development.

The conference program offers pattern authors an unique opportunity to have their pattern languages reviewed by fellow authors, which occurs mainly in the form of Writers' Workshops.

Authors and non-authors will find in the different PLoP activities (Writers' Workshops, Focus Groups, BoF sessions, BootCamp, Games) many opportunities to learn more about patterns and pattern writing.

As a whole, the conference provides a friendly and effective environment to give and get feedback, to share expertise, and to allow the participants to improve their patterns and make them more useful and more publishable.

PLoP's are unique conferences based on a strong community, a community of trust.

Join the community!   Come to PLoP!

Call For Submissions

The purpose of PLoP is to promote development of pattern languages on all aspects of software, including design and programming, software architecture, user interface design, domain modeling, software processes, project management, and more.

Paper submissions may include short papers, containing one or more patterns, longer pattern languages or sequences, or work-in-progress papers willing to get an in-depth shepherding by an experienced pattern author at the conference.

In addition, you can submit proposals for free-format discussion groups or workshops aimed at bringing together people interested in a hot topic related to patterns or proven practices, for a period of about two hours. Proposals addressing interdisciplinary topics and topics from other domains than software development are especially encouraged. Non-conventional formats are welcome.

Any other suggestions or proposals for activities are welcome and encouraged. Please contact the chairs with your ideas.

PLoP08 is peer reviewed and digitally archived.

Papers discussed at writer's workshop at this conference qualify for submission to the new journal "TPLoP - Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming" published by Springer. See Springer's pages on TPLoP for details of this journal.

Important Dates

  • ** May 14 **: submissions due
  • ** last days of June **: shepherdingis expected to begin...
  • August 14: shepherd recommendations due
  • August 30: notification of acceptance
  • September 11: Last day for OOPSLA early registration
  • October 3: Shepherding ends and Conference versions due
  • October 18-20: PLoP conference days, co-located with OOPSLA 2008

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More information

For more information, please contact the organizers: Ademar Aguiar and Joseph Yoder.

At the Hillside Group web site you can learn more about patterns, writing patterns, PLoP conferences, and previous PLoP's.