The 6th Annual Conference on the Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP99)

Call for Papers

August 15-18, 1999
Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, USA

Software researchers, as well as developers, have long observed that certain themes recur and endure across different applications and systems. The emerging interest in patterns represents an effort to catalog and communicate these themes and motives--to provide handbooks of proven solutions to common problems.

PLoP brings together researchers and practitioners whose interests span a remarkably 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 corpus of patterns. PLoP focuses on improving the expression of patterns. You will have the opportunity to refine and extend your patterns with help from knowledgeable and sympathetic fellow 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; or so general as to describe high-level architectures. They could describe configurations of hardware, software or even people. Patterns may or may not be specific to a domain or programming language.

We are particularly interested in the experiences of teams adopting pattern languages to guide development. Reports of experiences should still adhere to PLoP's preference 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 subject 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 that authors can incorporate insights obtained at the conference into the published proceedings.

Submission will be handled electronically. Submission requirements will be available on PLoP99's Web page.

Important Dates

Conference dates: August 15-18, 1999
Submissions due: April 30, 1999
Notification of acceptance: July 1, 1999
Final copy due: July 16, 1999


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 of patterns in a workshop/BoF setting. Every effort will be made to provide an informal and creative atmosphere. The organizers are open to out-of-the-ordinary submissions (write first) so long as they, like patterns, celebrate that elusive quality called good design.


Everyone who plans to attend PLoP99 should register. This includes authors, non-authors, students, staff, and conference organizers. Space is limited, so please register early.

Registration will be handled electronically. See the conference web page for more details.

For More Information

Should you have any questions, please check the PLoP Web page. If you still can't find the answer, the conference organizers should be able to help:

Dragos Manolescu Bobby Woolf
Conference Chair Program Chair

Contact them by email at

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Last modified: Thu Feb 11 22:01:02 1999