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Practitioner Reports

Chair: Gail Harris, Instantiated Software, pract_rpts@oopsla.org


Practitioner Reports are an integral part of the OOPSLA technical program. Your report provides a large group of your peers the opportunity to learn from your project's experience applying object-oriented technologies or related software engineering practices. For many OOPSLA attendees, these reports are the most important part of the conference.

Practitioner reports explore how concepts that sound good on paper (and at conferences!) work on real projects. They are a valuable means of communicating experiences, especially at the "bleeding edge" of technology. Many attendees want to find out what it is like to adopt a new language, use new engineering methods, integrate commercial software, develop web services applications, develop frameworks, use design patterns, etc. Expectations, beliefs, and hopes can be validated, or dashed, by the experience that is reported.

OOPSLA attendees want objective reports with supporting evidence for any claims made. And they particularly want reports that discuss both benefits and drawbacks of the approaches used. Reports may focus on a particular aspect of object technology usage and practice, or describe broad project experiences. Submissions that focus on people, process or development challenges are particularly encouraged.

Important Dates

Firm deadline for receipt of submissions: March 19, 2004
Notification of acceptance or rejection: May 7, 2004
Deadline for camera-ready copy of summary: August 2, 2004
Deadline for submission of presentation for review: September 1, 2004

Submission Process

Go to the Practitioner Reports submission system.

Electronic submission of proposals is required through the OOPSLA submission system. Other submissions will not be accepted.

You are invited to submit a four to twelve page description of both your project experience and your intended presentation of that experience. This report should clearly identify, and discuss in detail, the issues and insights that represent the main contribution of your talk.

The submission must include a short abstract suitable for inclusion in the Advance Program should it be accepted.

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 may be required to fully understand the topic and your presentation. Selection will be based on the relevance of your topic, impact of your results, potential attendee interest in your experience, and on your interview.

If your report is accepted for presentation at OOPSLA, you will be expected to develop and present a talk and provide a summary paper to be published in the OOPSLA Conference Companion. At the conference, practitioner reports are typically 20 minutes in length. Reports are organized into sessions where several presenters discuss their experiences and answer questions from the audience and the session moderator. You are expected to present a draft of your presentation to the committee for review prior to the conference. You may also submit a copy of your final presentation and report for posting on the conference web site and a poster (see Posters call for participation) describing your experiences.

Submission Guidelines

Format of Proposal Submission:  Because of tight time requirements, your initial submission must be complete enough for making a decision, and, if accepted, publication of abstract and presenter information in the Advance Program.

The submission must be in English and have the following information:

  • Four to twelve pages of text (1.5-spaced, 11 point font) and graphics, fulfilling the requirements above
  • The submission may be a Microsoft Word file, a straight 7-bit ASCII file, or a PDF file for 8.5" x 11" paper.
  • An abstract that describes the contribution briefly but comprehensively
  • All author names and affiliations, spelled correctly
  • Information on the primary contact; this MUST include:
    • Name
    • Mailing Address
    • Telephone and fax numbers
    • Electronic mail address
  • Longer submissions are subject to rejection without review.

For More Information

For additional information, clarifications, or questions, please contact the Practitioner Reports Chair, Gail Harris, pract_rpts@oopsla.org.