Important Dates

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May 17
Paper submissions due.
May 24
Shepherding begins
July 4
Second draft due for review
July 12
Notification of acceptance
August 1
Deadline focus group / workshop proposals
August 15
Early Conference registration ends
August 15
Conference versions due
September 14
Patterns Bootcamp
September 15-17
PLoP Conference Days
February 9, 2021
Proceeding version due

Pre-PLoP Bootcamp

PLoP has a special pre-conference session aimed at people new to patterns, led by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and Joe Yoder.

The BootCamp, a special full-day Pre-PLoP activity for newcomers, will happen during Monday, September 14th 9h00–16h00. The Bootcamp will be held at TBA.

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 and mentoring experience 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 consists of a mix of lecture, discussion, group pattern writing, game playing, and writers' workshop practice - 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.

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  • 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.