Call for Participation
Second Annual Conference on the Pattern Languages of Programs
Wednesday-Friday, 6-8 September, 1995
Consult the PLoP '95
Reservation & Travel
pages while you make arrangements.
Mature engineering disciplines have handbooks describing adequate solutions to
known problems. Bridge designers don't design bridges using the laws of
physics, they adapt solutions from the handbook known to work well enough.
The extra few percent of performance available by starting from scratch simply
isn't worth it.
Patterns can be the basis for the handbook of software engineering. They
encode adequate solutions to problems known to arise while building systems.
A complete pattern language would guide developers to produce workable
software solving ordinary problems.
PLoP invites you to add your expertise to the growing corpus of patterns.
PLoP's focus is improving the expression of patterns. You will have the
opportunity to refine and extend your patterns with help from knowledgeable
and sympathetic fellow pattern enthusiasts.
All aspects of programs and their production are suitable topics of pattern
languages. Patterns might be so specific as to name particular objects,
elements or implementation structures in a solution. They could describe
configurations of hardware, software or even people. Patterns may or may not
be specific to a domain or programming language.
This year we are particularly interested in the experiences of teams adopting
pattern languages to guide development. Reports of experience should still
adhere to PLoP's bias for the discussion of particular patterns over theoretical
or abstract topics.
The conference prefers papers written in the pattern form but will accept some
papers discussing aspects of the form or experience using it. The actual
of patterns need not be original. Rather, preference will be shown to authors
best able to exploit the form in the field of computing. Very liberal revision
policies will insure authors can fold ideas gained at the conference into the
Authors should submit an electronic copy of the full paper, in English, to the
program chair by no later than 12 June, 1995. Email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers must be formatted in Postscript with only the
most comprehensive pattern languages to exceed 10 pages. Submissions must
be prefaced with ascii text containing the paper's title, authors' names,
name, email address, postal address, phone number, and a 100-word abstract.
Papers must not be published or under consideration elsewhere in the same or
similar form. Obtain guidelines for authors or assistance in electronic
submission from the conference or program chair.
We will notify you as to whether your paper will be reviewed at the conference
by 17 July, 1995. Revisions for draft distribution to registrants are due 7
August, 1995. Final versions for papers selected for publication in the
proceedings are due 16 October, 1995, roughly one month after the conference.
Our publisher requires that papers accepted for publication in the proceedings
be in Microsoft Word format.
- 12 June -- Submissions due
- 17 July -- Notification due
- 7 August -- Final pre-conference draft due
- 6-8 September -- Conference
- 16 October -- Proceedings draft due
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 the conference site.
In addition to single track presentations, the conference will offer discussions
patterns in a workshop setting. Every effort will be made to provide an
informal and creative atmosphere. The committee is open to out-of-the-ordinary
submissions (write first) so long as they, like patterns, celebrate that elusive
quality called good design.
General conference questions:
999 E. Arques
Sunnyvale, CA 94086 USA
First Class Software, Inc.
P.O. Box 226
Boulder Creek, CA 95006 USA