PLoPTM 2000

The 7th Annual Conference on 
the Pattern Languages of Programs

Call for Papers

August 13-16, 2000
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 represents an effort to document and communicate these themes--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. You will have an opportunity to refine and extend your patterns with the assistance of knowledgeable and sympathetic patterns enthusiasts.


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.


The conference prefers papers written in the pattern form but will consider papers that discuss aspects of the form or experience using it. 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 pattern form to document patterns of software. Authors will be able to revise their work based on insights obtained at the conference's writers' workshops.

Submission will be handled electronically. See the conference's submission requirements for more details.

Important Dates

Submissions Due Monday, May 8
Shepherding Begins Monday, May 15
Shepherds' Recommendations Due Monday, June 26
Notification of Acceptance Friday, July 7
Final Conference Copy Due Friday, July 21
Conference Starts Sunday, August 13


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'2000 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 organizers: You can contact them by email at

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