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It's been over two years since my last trip to Japan. I'm excited to be visiting the country once again and looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues there.

I'll be arriving in Tokyo on the 27th. The next day, I will be travelling by bullet train, either Tokaido Shinkansen or possibly the Nozomi with my colleague Rebecca Wirfs-Brock to Kyoto, where we will take in the historic sites.

On March 1st, I'll be heading back to Tokyo, where I'll take in the sites before working with Hironori Washizaki Research Group on Software Modeling Patterns and Evalution Software Models including Refactoring.  Later in the week, I may also meet with an agile group while waiting for AsianPLoP 2014: 3rd Asian Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs which runs from March 5-8.

At AsianPLoP, I will be hosting a workshop about Alexander's Properties, taken from the Nature of Order by Christopher Alexander, in which I will be discussing how they relate to software and other areas. In addition to the workshop, I'll be presenting a paper called "Continuous Inspection: A Pattern for Keeping your Code Healthy and Aligned to the Architecture" with Paulo Merson, Ademar Aguiar, and Eduardo Guerra. Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and I will also be presenting a paper entitled, "QA to AQ: Patterns about transitioning from Quality Assurance to Agile Quality."

I look forward to arriving in Japan and seeing the beautiful country once again. If you will be in the area or at the conference, get in touch!

 

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What better way to bring an end to the year than by returning to beautiful Porto, Portugal. During this trip, I'll be saying Olá to my friend and colleague Ademar Aguiar (along with others). He has asked me to come out to help work on an Adaptive Object Model project. I look forward to working on this exciting international project. During my trip, Ademar and Jens Ostergaard have inivited me to sit in and participate in an Agile Scrum Master Course they are teaching. Although I have quite a bit of experience with Agile and Scrum, I have never formally sat in on on a Scrum Master course so it will be enlightening to see the masters at work. :)

I'll be flying to Porto on December 3 and returning early December 16th. While I'm there, I will also be taking in the sites, maybe visiting Lisbon, enjoying the company of friends, and escaping from the cold Illinois weather. If you'll be in the area and would like to meet up, send me a message.

 

 

As the Cosmic Mud Tour comes to a close, it's a relief to PLoP down home again (fizz fizz). And how fitting that the tour ends up where it all began, at the Pattern Languages of Programming conference hosted by The Hillside Group at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois.

The Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP™) conference is a premier event for pattern authors and pattern enthusiasts to gather, discuss and learn more about patterns and software development. The conference program offers pattern authors a unique opportunity to have their pattern languages reviewed by fellow authors, which occurs mainly in the form of Writers' Workshops.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of PLoP, and as such it will be a special one. To start with, the conference returns to Allerton, where it all began, for the first time since 2007. To help us celebrate, may of our old friends will be joining new friends for a week full of events:

Writers' Workshops will review pattern papers, Writing Groups will help evolving patterns, Focus Groups will embrace challenging topics, our 'Birds of a Feather' (BoF) will let writers informally organize their own sessions. We've kicked it all off with a BootCamp that helps by introducing patterns to newcomers. To keep things lively, there will be Games to exercise our bodies and minds as well as trust building exercises. And since it's a celebration, there will be Gifts to give and get.

We're getting together this year to think about what the pattern community has achieved so far, where we are and where we're heading. It's been an eventful twenty years and we look forward to twenty more and beyond. If you're in town for the event, I'll see you there!

 

 

This year marked the 20th Pattern Languages of Programs conference. We celebrated this special event by returning to our roots at Allerton Park in Monticello, Illinois where the conference first began. This year's conference bridged the gap between newcomers with great ideas and some old friends who have been with us from the beginning.

It was very exciting to see the familiar faces of Ward Cunningham, Ralph Johnson, Richard Gabriel, Ademar Aguiar, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Brian Foote, Kyle Brown, Peter Sommerlad, James Noble, Dirk Riehle, Bill Opdyke and many others. Just as exciting were the many new faces from all around the world. We had 16 countries represented and we also had many first time attendees. We even had a couple patternists this year in Jenny Quillien and Michael Mehaffy who have worked with the building architect Christopher Alexander, whose book "A Pattern Language" has had so much influence in our our community.

I'd like to thank Ward Cunningham for coming and giving his talk on federated wikis and for helping me create my first federated wiki (pictured on the right). I'd also like to give a special shout out to Dave West and Bob Hanmer, this year's Shepherding Award recipients. And as always, PLoP wouldn't happen without the authors who worked so hard to submit the great ideas and papers for our review. Thanks to every one of you who pulled together to make this 20th PLoP such a great celebration, and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year.

 

From Portugal to Brasil, and now onto Krakow, Poland, the cosmic tour has been a journey of mind, spirit, and best practices. I've given talks at the National Institute for Space Research in São José dos Campos, attended MiniPLoP and CBSoft, sat on a panel, talked twice while there, and presented with Eduardo Guerra on TDD Step Patterns. Now the cosmic tour has me presenting at JDD 2013. The JDD conference is being held in Krakow, Poland, the second largest city in the country. I've attended the JDD conference several times in the past, but this will be a new experience, as I'll be discussing the Big Ball of Mud in a new country with old friends. If you've never attended JDD before, then you're in for a real good conference, with many exciting lectures and topics to discuss. Here's the conference description:

JDD conference is held every autumn in Kracow since 2006 and has already permanently entered the IT events calendar in Poland. Every year the conference gathers nearly 400 participants working every day with Java. JDD is a two-day conference that offers more than 30 interesting lectures that take place in two or three paths. Additionally participants are invited to join special working sessions: workshops and networking sessions. Participation in training and discussions will be a part of the conference so that developers could easily exchange experience related to their daily work.

After the conference, I'll be heading to Switzerland to visit with an old friend. The trip should be a good time, rewarding and, as always with this tour, cosmic. And, if you need further proof of the cosmic nature of this trip, just take a look at the JDD site's background. Now that's cosmic!

 

    

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