How and Where to Submit Papers to PLoP '96

Authors should submit an electronic copy of the full paper, in English, to the program chair by no later than June 10th, 1996. Email Papers must be formatted in Postscript with only the most comprehensive pattern languages to exceed 10 pages. Submissions must be prefaced with ASCII text containing the paper's title, authors' names, contact name, email address, postal address, phone number, and a 100-word abstract.

We will notify you as to whether your paper will be reviewed at the conference by July 15th, 1996. Revisions for draft distribution to registrants are due July 29th, 1996. Final versions for papers selected for publication in the proceedings are due 14 October, 1996, roughly one month after the conference. Our publisher requires that papers accepted for publication in the proceedings be in Microsoft Word format.

Important Dates

Evening Workshops

This year, we'll be holding workshops in the evening that cover topics like ``experience with patterns in practice'' and ``how to write good pattern descriptions.'' The workshops scheduled so far are presented below. If you'd like to propose a workshop, please send email to Douglas C. Schmidt (

Experience Reports

In previous PLoPs, experience reports have been presented on an informal basis. They generally attract the attention of a large segment of PLoP participants. It is our hope that PLoP '96 will build on this tradition by fomally introducing a strong and valuable workshop for PLoP attendees.

Experience reports are short presentations by practitioners sharing their experiences in using patterns in various aspects of the software development process. Experience reports are selected for their general interest, diversity, new or novel slant, and willingness by the presenters to share technical information. Experience reports may describe internal applications or commercial product developments. However, it is inappropriate for an experience report to have any commercial sales content.

Writing Patterns Effectively

So you want to be able to write patterns? That's hard. And you want to be able to write them effectively? That's even harder!

Here are just some of the issues you need to consider:

This workshop will not be a lecture by me (or anyone else) on how to write patterns. It will be a discussion amongst pattern writers about the process of writing patterns.

You do not have to qualify to attend this workshop. All conference attendees are welcome. However, you will have to qualify to make a presentation. If you have some strong opinions about How to Write Effective Patterns and would like to make a 5-10 minute presentation, send me an outline (

Conference Location

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 a re available on site, in the nearby village of Monticello or in Champaign-Urbana. Airport limousine service is available to the conference site.

If your schedule allows it, arriving early on Wednesday the 4th will let you get settled in and renew acquantences, plus, commuter airline schedules are undependable under the best of circumstances. Pizzas will be served around 7:00 on Wednesday night for early arrivals.

General conference questions:
Brian Foote
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Illinois
1304 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
(TEL): (217) 333-3411
(FAX): (217) 333-3501

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt
Jolley Hall, Room 536
Computer Science Dept
Washington University
Campus Box 1045
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899
(TEL): (314) 935-7538
(FAX): (314) 935-7302

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