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From: Grundy, Jim D <jim.d.grundy@i...>
Subject: OCaml Presentations Solicited for CUFP 2009
Fellow caml coders



Let me invite you to consider submitting a presentation to the 2009 Workshop for Commercial Users of Functional Programming.  I know from reading this list that a great many of you are engaged in just the sort of practical endeavors that this workshop focuses on.



Kind regards



Jim Grundy



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   Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop (CUFP) 2009



            Functional Programming As a Means, Not an End



                       Call for Presentations



                        Sponsored by SIGPLAN

                      Co-located with ICFP 2009



                Edinburgh, Scotland, 4 September 2009

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               Presentation proposals due 15 May 2009



                http://cufp.galois.com/2009/call.html

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   Functional languages have been under academic development for

   over 25 years, and remain fertile ground for programming

   language research. Recently, however, developers in industrial,

   governmental, and open-source projects have begun to use

   functional programming successfully in practical applications.

   In these settings, functional programming has often provided

   dramatic leverage, including whole new ways of thinking about

   the original problem.



   The goal of the CUFP workshop is to act as a voice for these

   users of functional programming. The workshop supports the

   increasing viability of functional programming in the

   commercial, governmental, and open-source space by providing a

   forum for professionals to share their experiences and ideas,

   whether those ideas are related to business, management, or

   engineering. The workshop is also designed to enable the

   formation and reinforcement of relationships that further the

   commercial use of functional programming. Providing user

   feedback to language designers and implementors is not a

   primary goal of the workshop, though it will be welcome if it

   occurs.



Speaking at CUFP



   If you use functional programming as a means, rather than as an

   end, we invite you to offer to give a talk at the workshop.

   Alternatively, if you know someone who would give a good talk,

   please nominate them!



   Talks are typically 25 minutes long, but can be shorter. They

   aim to inform participants about how functional programming

   played out in real-world applications, focusing especially on

   the re-usable lessons learned, or insights gained. Your talk

   does not need to be highly technical; for this audience,

   reflections on the commercial, management, or software

   engineering aspects are, if anything, more important. You do

   not need to submit a paper!



   If you are interested in offering a talk, or nominating someone

   to do so, send an e-mail to francesco(at)erlang-consulting(dot)com

   or jim(dot)d(dot)grundy(at)intel(dot)com by 15 May 2009 with a

   short description of what you'd like to talk about or what you

   think your nominee should give a talk about. Such descriptions

   should be about one page long.



Program Plans



   CUFP 2009 will last a full day and feature a keynote

   presentation from Bryan O'Sullivan, co-author of Real World

   Haskell. The program will also include a mix of presentations

   and discussion sessions. Topics will range over a wide area,

   including:

     * Case studies of successful and unsuccessful uses of functional

       programming;

     * Business opportunities and risks from using functional languages;

     * Enablers for functional language use in a commercial setting;

     * Barriers to the adoption of functional languages, and

     * Mitigation strategies for overcoming limitations of functional

       programming.



   There will be no published proceedings, as the meeting is

   intended to be more a discussion forum than a technical

   interchange.



   This will be the sixth CUFP, for more information - including

   reports from attendees of previous events and video of recent

   talks - see the workshop web site: http://cufp.galois.com/

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