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    SugarLoafPLoP'2018 Huaso Edition will be held on one of the campuses of Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) in Valparaísr, Chile between November 20th and 23rd, 2018. SugarLoafPLoP is the premier Latin American Conference onPattern Languages of Programs. This is the twelfth SugarLoafPLoP conference and the first time that the SugarLoaf PLoP conference has been held in Chile. Read the full story 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.

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Software patterns constitute a highly effective means of improving the quality of software engineering, system design and development, and communication among the people building them. Patterns capture the best practices of software design, making them available to all software engineers.

This new LNCS Transactions subline aims to publish papers on patterns and pattern languages as applied to software design, development, and use, throughout all phases of the software life cycle, from requirements and design to implementation, maintenance and evolution. The primary focus of the LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming is on patterns, pattern collections, and pattern languages themselves. The journal also includes reviews, survey articles, criticisms of patterns and pattern languages, as well as other research on patterns and pattern languages.

In addition to presenting and discussing patterns, this LNCS journal aims to present material that is validated -- crucial to the application and advancement of both industry and research. In this spirit, the LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming focuses on publications that present patterns, research results and industrial studies that are verifiable. Every paper has been reviewed by both patterns experts and domain experts, including researchers and practitioners.

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James Noble, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Ralph Johnson, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

European Editor

Uwe Zdun, University of Vienna, Austria

North American Editor

Eugene Wallingford, University of Northern Iowa, USA

Editorial Board

Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Joe Bergin, Pace University, New York, USA

Robert Biddle, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Grady Booch, IBM, USA

Frank Buschmann, Siemens AG, Germany

Jim Coplien, Nordija, Denmark

Ward Cunningham, AboutUS, USA

Jutta Eckstein, Consultant, Germany

Susan Eisenbach, Imperial College London, UK

Richard P. Gabriel, IBM research, USA

Erich Gamma, IBM, Switzerland

Neil B. Harrison, Utah Valley State College, USA

Kevlin Henney, Curbralan Ltd, UK

Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego, USA

Mary Lynn Manns, University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA

Michael J. Pont, The University of Leicester, UK

Lutz Prechelt, Free University Berlin, Germany

Dirk Riehle, SAP Labs LLC California, USA

Mary Beth Rosson, Pennsylvania State University, USA

Andreas Rueping, Consultant, Germany

Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA

Peter Sommerlad, Institute for Software at HSR Rapperswil, Switzerland

Jenifer Tidwell, Consultant, USA

Joseph W. Yoder, Consultant, USA

Aims and Scope

LNCS Transactions on Pattern Languages of Programming publishes:

Patterns and pattern languages

Reviews and critiques of patterns and pattern languages

Research on patterns and pattern languages

Case studies of the use of patterns and pattern languages

Empirical assessment and evaluation of patterns and pattern languages

Tool support for patterns and pattern languages


Authors are encouraged to submit papers on the following topics, though papers on other patterns topics are also welcome:

Patterns in software development generally, including software design, software engineering, and software architecture

Process patterns for management and development processes

Patterns for human-computer interaction (user-interface patterns, or novel modes of interaction)

Patterns for education (ranging from professional training to classroom teaching)

Patterns for business and organizations

Modeling patterns, analysis patterns, design patterns

Patterns for object-oriented design, aspect-oriented design, and software design generally

Patterns to describe libraries, frameworks, and other reusable software elements

Patterns for middleware, including distribution, optimization, security, and performance improvement

Domain specific patterns and technology specific patterns, as well as generic patterns

Patterns for refactoring and reengineering

Formal models and type systems for patterns

Programming environments, software repositories, and programming languages for patterns

The use of patterns to improve quality attributes such as adaptability, evolvability, reusability and cost-effectiveness

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should follow LNCS formatting guidelines, and should be submitted as PDF files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We expect papers submitted for consideration to have been workshopped and reviewed at at least one Hillside Group PLoP conference. When you submit your paper, please identify the most recent conference, year, writers workshop, and the workshop chair where you paper was workshopped.

All queries should be addressed to the above email address.

The Springer Journal Website accompanies this site with information regarding the patterns journal.

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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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