The 8th Annual Conference on
the Pattern Languages of Programs
Call for Papers
September 11-15, 2001
Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, USA
Software developers and researchers have long observed that certain themes
recur and endure across different applications and different domains. The
emerging interest in software patterns and pattern languages represents
an effort to document and communicate these themes and to provide handbooks
of proven solutions to common problems.
PLoP brings together practitioners and researchers whose interests span
a broad range of topics, who share an interest in exploring the power of
the pattern form. PLoP invites you to add your expertise to the growing
body of patterns. At PLoP, we focus on improving the written expression
of patterns through writers' workshops and the development of pattern languages
through refactoring workshops. You will have opportunities to refine and
extend your patterns with the assistance of knowledgeable and sympathetic
patterns enthusiasts and to add your patterns or refactor those of others
into pattern languages.
All aspects of programs and their production are suitable topics of pattern
languages. Patterns might be so specific as to name particular objects,
interface elements, or implementation structures in a solution. They might
be so general as to document high-level architectures. They might describe
configurations of hardware, software, or even people in the process of
writing programs. Patterns may or may not be specific to a particular domain
or programming language. The patterns community is particularly interested
in pattern languages that document software and software development organizations.
Of equal interest and importance are papers that build on the existing
pattern literature, refactoring these patterns into patterns languages,
or that add to other pattern languages. In addition to writers workshops,
refactoring workshops will be held at PLoP to promote the refactoring activity.
The conference solicits papers written in pattern form and will consider
papers that discuss aspects of the form or experiences using patterns.
In addition, papers that refactor existing patterns into pattern languages
are desired. The actual subject of patterns and pattern languages
need not be original. Rather, preference will be shown to authors who are
best able to exploit the patterns to document patterns of software. Authors
will be able to revise their original patterns based on insights obtained
at the conference's writers' workshops.
Submission will be handled electronically. See the conference's submission
requirements for more details.
Linda Rising's book, The Pattern Almanac 2000, was one of the first major
attempts at organizing and describing published patterns. Other groups
have been interested in structuring pattern languages from existing patterns,
such as those in the organizational, telecom and elementary pattern communities.
It is the goal of the refactoring workshops to provide intensive,
collaborative environments where those interested in forming or extending
pattern languages can meet. This call for participation is for workshop
organizers. A later call will occur for workshop attendees.
See the conference's submission requirements
for more details.
|Paper Submissions and Workshop Proposals Due
||Friday, May 11
||Friday, May 18
|Shepherds' Recommendations Due
||Friday, July 6
|Notification of Acceptance
||Friday, July 13
|Final Conference Copy Due
||Friday, July 27
||Tuesday, Sept. 11
The conference will be held at Allerton House, a mansion on a large, mostly
wooded estate that is owned by the University of Illinois. Accommodations
are available on site, in the nearby village of Monticello, or in Champaign-Urbana.
Airport limousine service is available to and from the conference site.
In addition to writers' workshops, the conference will also offer discussions
of patterns in other forums. Extra sessions during the day will focus on
practical issues of interest to the patterns community. One evening plenary
session will focus on a large-scale topic of interest to the community.
Open time in the afternoons and evenings will offer attendees the opportunity
to organize informal birds-of-a-feather sessions. Every effort will be
made to provide an informal and creative atmosphere for the entire conference.
The organizers are open to out-of-the-ordinary proposals as long as they,
like patterns, celebrate the elusive quality called good design.
Everyone who plans to attend PLoP'2001 should register in advance. This
includes authors, non-authors, students, staff, and conference organizers.
Space is limited, so please register early.
Registration will also be handled electronically. See the conference
web page for more details.
For More Information
If you have any questions, please check the PLoP home page.
If you still can't find the answer, please feel free to contact the conference
You can contact them by email at [email protected].
Conference Chair: Federico Balaguer
Program Chair: Dwight Deugo
Note: PLoP is a trademark of The Hillside Group, Inc.
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