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Practitioner Reports

Call for Papers - Due March 19, 2009

OOPSLA Practitioner Reports provide a great opportunity for industry practitioners and researchers to overview and report on leading methods and practices for software solutions and software development in actual practice. The Practitioner Reports provide the OOPSLA community a view as to what's working (or not!) in leading-edge systems, applications, architecture, methodologies, frameworks, patterns, or management techniques. These reports are an integral part of the OOPSLA Conference.

Submission Summary
Due date:March 19, 2009
Notification date:
May 15, 2009
Format:ACM Proceedings format
Submit to:OOPSLA submission system
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (chair)

The Practitioner Reports discuss both benefits and drawbacks of approaches used in actual practice. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of technology usage in practice, or describe broad project experiences. They may describe a particular design idea, or experience with a particular piece of technology. Some reports focus on people, process, or development challenges. We want to hear from people who actually know what it's like to apply agile methods in a large organization, or to use model-driven development, or who have developed a mission critical application using a service oriented architecture. Take this opportunity to tell the OOPSLA community what you're doing, what is and isn't working, and why.


OOPSLA Practitioner Reports should address topics of interest to the OOPSLA community comprised of software researchers and practitioners. The reports may overview the development or architecture or integration of applications software systems.

Submissions that cover your experiences with any of the major themes of OOPSLA 2009 are most welcome. The major themes for OOPSLA 2009 are:

  • Scaling: Multi-core to Cloud
  • Mashups of Models, Data and Code
  • Tools for Reliability and Evolution
  • Enterprise Agile Management

Topics of perennial interest include how new concepts are used in real projects, and how continued success requires continuous process improvement and coming up with novel ideas and approaches.


The initial submission must be complete enough for making a decision, and must also include an abstract and presenter information which will be published in the Advance Program, should the paper be accepted. Initial and final submissions must be in PDF format. Final camera-ready papers must be formatted to conform to ACM Proceedings requirements: Nine point font on ten point baseline, two columns per page, each column 3.33 inches wide by 9 inches tall, with a column gutter of 0.33 inches, etc.  A presentation in PowerPoint or similar format to overview the Practitioner Report at the OOPSLA conference should be provided in tandem with the final submission.

Note that Open Office, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint documents should be converted to PDF before being submitted. The submitted report must have an abstract that describes the contribution briefly but comprehensively. All author names and affiliations must be given. Information on the primary contact MUST include: name, postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and electronic mail address.

Submission and Selection Process

Proposals for Practitioners Reports will be submitted electronically through the OOPSLA submission system. You are invited to submit a report for consideration. The initial submission should clearly identify the content that will be in your final submission. And must include a short abstract suitable for inclusion in the Advance Program, should it be accepted. Further, if your proposal is accepted, the final submission must include a four to twelve page report, and a PowerPoint or similar presentation that will be used to overview the report at OOPSLA 2009. The four to twelve page report should clearly identify, and discuss in detail, the issues and insights gained from your research or experience.

The review process for Practitioner Reports requires personal contact with potential presenters. Therefore, your submission must name a primary contact including postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and electronic mail address. Phone interviews will be required to discuss the topic and your presentation. We will select reports on the basis of relevance, technical quality, originality, soundness, and practical applicability of the presented concepts, and on the depth of experience demonstrated.

If your report is accepted, you will be expected to further refine the report in line with the feedback we will provide, and provide a final version to be published in the OOPSLA Conference Companion and the ACM Digital Library. The committee will also review and provide feedback on the presentation you will use to overview your report at the conference itself. Note, you are expected to overview your talk and presentation materials with the committee prior to the conference (a trial-run). At the conference, practitioner reports are typically 20 minutes in length. The Practitioner Reports will be organized into sessions where several presenters discuss their experiences and answer questions from the audience and the session moderator.

For More Information

For additional information, clarifications, or answers to questions, please contact the Practitioner Reports Chair, Tim Duval, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Practitioner Reports Committee

  • Tim Duval, Health Net, Inc., USA (chair)
  • Murali Gangadharan, PricewaterhouseCoopers, USA
  • Frank Lemmon, PricewaterhouseCoopers, USA
  • Tim O'Connor, USA
  • Wilfred Springer, Xebia Group, Netherlands
  • Mike Thomas, Blue Shield of California, USA
  • Hernan Wilkinson, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
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