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TOOLS Europe 2008 will take place in the week of June 30th to July 4, 2008.

The conference Web page will be ready soon at the present URL (; watch the page for details, but don't wait to start preparing your proposals for papers, tutorials, workshops and other contributions.


Hosting your conference

The TOOLS week will host a number of related events, in particular the SEAFOOD 2008 conference (Software Engineering For Outsourced and Offshored Development), see  Hosting a conference or workshop at TOOLS presents several advantages, including handling of all organizational matters by the TOOLS staff and the possibility for participants of attending all other events such as keynotes, tutorials and social events. Contact the TOOLS organizers if you are interested in co-hosting possibilities.


Thanks to all the participants who contributed to making TOOLS 2007 a success. See you next year for TOOLS 2008!


The TOOLS conference series started in 1989 and, over the following 15 years, held 45 sessions: TOOLS EUROPE, TOOLS USA, TOOLS PACIFIC, TOOLS CHINA and TOOLS EASTERN EUROPE. TOOLS played a major role in the spread of object-oriented and component technologies; many seminal software concepts now taken for granted were first discussed at TOOLS, taking advantage of the informal, application-oriented, technically intense and marketing-free atmosphere of the conference. Invited speakers have included countless luminaries of science and industry such as Kent Beck, Robert Binder, Peter Coad, Alistair Cockburn, Steve Cook, James Coplien, Brad Cox, Miguel de Icaza, John Dvorak, Martin Fowler, Erich Gamma, Adele Goldberg, Richard Helms, Tony Hoare, Ivar Jacobson, Philippe Kahn, Alan Kay, Bertrand Meyer, Jim Miller, Robin Milner, David Parnas, Trygve Reenskaug, Michael Stal, Dave Thomas, David Taylor, Tony Wasserman and many others.


After an interruption of four years TOOLS has started again, hosted by ETH Zurich for the first time in June 2007 with great success. TOOLS has broadened its scope beyond the original topics of object technology and component-based development to encompass all modern, practical approaches to software development, in keeping with the traditional TOOLS spirit of technical excellence, focus on practicality, combination of theory and applications, and reliance on the best experts from academia and industry. The 2008 session, organized as a convenient combination of software conferences over an action-packed week, will uphold that spirit and should be the best TOOLS ever.

TOOLS EUROPE 2007: Object, Models, Components and Patterns

Zurich, Switzerland, 24-27 June 2007

Keynote Speakers

June 25: Robin Milner
June 25: Mark Howard
June 26: Erich Gamma
June 26: Steve Cook
June 27: Dave Thomas
June 27: Ivar Jacobson

Committee and chairpersons

Conference chair: Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zurich

Program chair:Jean Bezivin, ATLAS Group (INRIA & LINA), University of Nantes

Publicity chairs: Philippe Lahire, CNRS/Université de Nice, France; Laurence Tratt, King's College, London, UK

Program committee: see committee page