Important Dates

June 1st
Papers due
June 10th
Shepherding starts
Jul 10th
Shepherding Recommendations Due
Aug 28th
Notification of Acceptance
Sep 27th
Conference Draft Due
Sep 16th
Early Registration ends
October 15
October 16-18
October 17-21
Splash 2010 days

Pre-PLoP Bootcamp

PLoP has a special pre-conference session aimed at people new to patterns, led by Bob Hanmer and Linda Rising.

This year we will integrate the Writing Group sessions into the Bootcamp.

The BootCamp will be held on October 15, 2010

BootCamp Registration fees

Description Fee
BootCamp USD $200 ($100 for students)

Register for the Bootcamp.

Registration fees will be processed upon receipt.

NOTE: PLoP Registrations will be processed through the SPLASH conference form.

The BootCamp fee covers events specific to the PLoP BootCamp, not events related to PLoP or SPLASH.

  • A few snacks, and beverages
  • Not Covered: Hotel accomodations

BootCamp Info

The PLoP experience provides something different, but needed, in the patterns community — a "bootcamp" for newcomers.

The session will provide an introduction to patterns — a training, mentoring, experiencing activity, where participants will be immersed in patterns and emerge with an enlarged perspective, their first pattern, and an ability to get more out of all PLoP conferences.

Writing your own first pattern is extremely important, since there is no better way to learn what patterns are all about!

The presentation format consists of a variety of lecture, discussion, group pattern writing, game playing, and writers' workshop - not necessarily in that order.

The only requirements are an open mind, ready to absorb the patterns experience, and an idea for a pattern you will craft at this pre-PLoP session.

Who Should Attend

The ideal attendee would have an interest in patterns, have an idea for a pattern that they want to write. The tutorial will benefit anyone participating in the PLoP conference.


  • Become part of the patterns community.
  • Understand how good patterns are structured.
  • See a variety of pattern formats and understand the trade-offs between the alternatives.
  • Become comfortable with patterns reading and writing and, if you should decide to attend PLoP, have a better understanding of what goes on at the conference.


Bob Hanmer, Alcatel-Lucent: Robert S. Hanmer is a Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Alcatel-Lucent. His work has included development, architecture and evaluation of highly reliable systems for the telephone network, especially in the areas of reliability and performance. He has also been active in the software patterns community since the mid-1990's, writing patterns and organizing pattern conferences. He has authored or co-authored 14 journal articles and book chapters. He has been introducing newcomers to patterns and to writing patterns since 1995.

Linda Rising, Independent Consultant: Linda Rising is an independent consultant in the areas of agile techniques, retrospectives, patterns, and organizational change. She is very active in the pattern and agile communities. She has authored or co-authored four books and countless journal articles and book chapters. She has been teaching patterns and pattern writing since the mid-1990's.


Space is limited, so please register early.