Message from the Chairs

The goal of the Commercial Users of Functional Programming series of workshops is to build a community for users of functional programming languages and technology. The fifth workshop in the series taskes place in Victoria, Canada on 26 September 2008, co-located with the International Conference on Functional Programming. The workshop is growing rapidly, having started in Snowbird in 2004 with 25 participants, increasing to 40 in Tallinn in 2005 and 57 in Portland in 2006, and finally to 104 registered in 2007. We take this growth as evidence of a sea change in attitudes to functional programming: from being an academic pursuit, functional programming is rapidly becoming a sought-after technology with increasingly broad applications.

Jim Grundy
Simon Peyton Jones
Co-Program Chairs

26 September 2008