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ECOOP 2017
Sun 18 - Fri 23 June 2017 Barcelona, Spain
co-located with PLDI'17 and ECOOP'17

Welcome to the 9th International Workshop on Context-Oriented Programming

Contextual information plays an ever-increasing role in our information-centric world. Current-day software systems adapt continuously to changing execution and usage contexts, even while running. Unfortunately, mainstream programming languages and development environments still do not support this kind of dynamicity very well, leading developers to implement complex designs to anticipate various dimensions of variability.

Context-Oriented Programming directly supports variability at the programming level, depending on a wide range of dynamic attributes. It enables run-time behaviour to be dispatched directly on any detected properties of the execution or user context. Since more than a decade, several researchers have been working on a variety of notions approaching that idea. Implementations ranging from first prototypes to mature platform extensions used in commercial deployments have illustrated how multidimensional dispatch can be supported effectively to achieve expressive runtime variation in behaviour.

The previous editions of this workshop at ECOOP 2009–2016 have shown to be well-received, each attracting around 30 participants. The goal of the 9th Workshop on Context-Oriented Programming is to further establish context orientation as a common thread throughout language design, application development, and system support.

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Call for Papers

Contextual information is playing an ever-increasing role in our information-centric world. Current-day software systems need to adapt continuously to changing execution and usage contexts, even while they are running. Unfortunately, mainstream programming languages and development environments still do not support this level of dynamic adaptivity very well, leading developers to implement complex designs to anticipate various dimensions of variability.

Context-Oriented Programming directly supports variability at the programming level, featuring dedicated programming abstractions enabling programmers to write software applications that adapt dynamically to a wide range of dynamic attributes. It enables run-time behaviour to be dispatched directly on any detected properties of the execution or user context. Since more than a decade, several researchers have been working on a variety of notions approaching that idea.

Implementations ranging from first prototypes to mature platform extensions used in commercial deployments have illustrated how multidimensional dispatch can be supported effectively to achieve expressive runtime variation in behaviour. Our series of International Workshops on Context-Oriented Programming (COP) at ECOOP 2009–2016 have proven to be very successful, each attracting around 30 participants, so continuing this workshop in 2017 in the beautiful city of Barcelona is an obvious next step to advance this vibrant research domain.

Topics

Topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Interesting application domains and scenarios for COP;
  • Programming language abstractions for COP (e.g. dynamic scoping, roles, traits, prototype-based extensions);
  • Implementation techniques and mechanisms for COP (e.g. different kinds of dynamic, contextual and multi-dimensional dispatch or pre-dispatch);
  • Implementation issues for COP such as optimisation, VM support, JIT compilation etc.;
  • Implemented use cases, case studies or prototypes of COP;
  • Theoretical foundations for COP (e.g., semantics, type systems);
  • Configuration languages (e.g. feature description interpreters, transformational approaches);
  • Interaction between non-functional programming concerns and COP (e.g. security, persistence, concurrency, distribution);
  • Modularisation approaches for COP (e.g. aspects, modules, layers, plugins);
  • Guidelines to include COP in programs (e.g. best practices, patterns);
  • Runtime support for COP (e.g. reflection, dynamic binding);
  • Tool support (e.g. design tools, IDEs, debuggers);
  • Support for COP at the modelling level;
  • Beyond context-oriented behaviour adaptation (e.g., UI adaptation, DB adaptation).

Submission guidelines

COP invites submissions of high-quality papers reporting original research, or describing innovative contributions to, or experience with context-oriented programming, its implementation, and application. Papers that depart significantly from established ideas and practices are particularly welcome.

Submissions must not have been published previously and must not be under review for any other refereed event or publication. The program committee will evaluate each contributed paper based on its relevance, significance, clarity, and originality.

Papers are to be submitted via EasyChair. They must be written in English, provided as PDF documents, and follow the new ACM Master Article Template with the sigconf option. They should not exceed 6 pages.

Dissemination of Workshop results

We plan to publish accepted papers in the ACM Digital Library. More information on this will follow.

This is the 9th edition of the COP workshop.

In the past, context-oriented programming topics have been presented at several international venues:

  • LASSY, the Live Adaptation of Software Systems workshop (co-located with Modularity or Programming),
  • DLS, the Dynamic Languages Symposium (co-located with OOPSLA, ECOOP or SPLASH),
  • the International Conference on Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems,
  • the International and Interdisciplinary conference on Modelling and Using Context,
  • the Symposium on Software Variability, and
  • the International Conferences on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising Systems.

As a confirmation of the maturity of the field, papers on Context-oriented programming have also appeared in journals:

  • Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software,
  • ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS), and
  • Elsevier Science of Computer Programming.

In our COP workshop series, we aim at broadening the spectrum of application fields, and the International Workshops on Context-oriented Programming we have been organizing at ECOOP since 2009-2016 have proved to be an essential step in achieving that goal successfully.