EuroPLoP 2009

Conference Organization

Conference Chair: Michael Weiss

Program Chair: Allan Kelly

Focus Group Chair: Andreas Fießer

Program Committee: Ademar Aguiar, Kristian Elof Sørensen, Andreas Fießer, Allan Kelly, Andy Longshaw, Stephan Lukosch, Klaus Marquardt, Till Schümmer, Jim Siddle, Michael Weiss, Tim Wellhausen, Uwe Zdun, Birgit Zimmermann,

Writers’ Workshop groups in EuroPLoP 2009

A – Alexander

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Workshop Leader: Andreas Fiesser


B – Buckminster Fuller

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Workshop Leader: Uwe Zdun, Paris Avgeriou, and Neil Harrison


C – Le Corbusier

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Workshop Leader: Allan Kelly


D – DaVinci

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Workshop Leader: Christian Kohls


E – Eames

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Workshop Leader: TBA


F – Foster

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Workshop Leader: Tim Wellhausen


F6: Anjali Das, Farah N. Lakhani, Ayman K. Gendy, Michael J. Pont, Two simple patterns to support the development of reliable, real-time embedded systems (updated on Jun 28)


EuroPLoP 2009 Focus Groups

  • Recovering architecture knowledge

    Focus group leaders: Paris Avgeriou, Uwe Zdun, Neil Harrison, and Uwe van Heesch

    Architecture documentation often consists of descriptions, design models and other artifacts that record the outcome of the design process, but misses the context and the rationale behind the specific solutions chosen. Comprehensive documentation is considered a resource-intensive task, that does not have an immediate benefit for documenters. By skipping it however, some important aspects of the architect’s decisions such as the decision context, assumptions, decision drivers, consequences and considered alternatives get lost, or at least become hard to recover.

    In this focus group we will provide the architecture documentation of an existing system and ask the participants to recover the architectural decisions and related knowledge (requirements they address, rationale behind the decisions, dependencies etc.). Therefore the participants will attempt to understand what the architects decided and why, just by looking at the architecture documentation. The results of the recovered architectural knowledge will be then compared to the original intent of the architects.


  • Product Line Engineering

    Focus group leaders: Markus Voelter, Christa Schwanninger, Michael Kircher, and Dietmar Schuetz

    While the field of software development is maturing, cost pressure is leading the industry into more intensified reuse. As we know OO and component orientation did not bring the expected reuse, new approaches were established. So, Software Product Line Engineering has become an important way of building software. In SPLE, the focus is shifted from building isolated products to building families of related products, while reuse is discussed not at a individual object level but as a whole: organizational, process-wise, and also from requirements to actually deployed variability at the customer. While a lot of literature on SPLE exists, there is no collection of well distilled, easy to use and practical patterns. The goal of this focus group is to start the process of collecting and structuring patterns in this area.


  • Sound Bites: When are they sound and when do they bite?

    Focus group leaders: Klaus Marquardt

    Sound bites, maxims, sayings, etc. are often used in software development. Some appear to be helpful and thought provoking — e.g., “program to an interface, not an implementation” — whereas others sound good, but scratch the surface and there’s either not much there or the conclusions are unhelpful and contradictory — e.g., “exceptions should be exceptional”.