Commercial Users of Functional Programming Workshop (CUFP) 2009

Functional Programming As a Means, Not an End

Call for Participation

Sponsored by SIGPLAN
Co-located with ICFP 2009

4 September 2009
Edinburgh, Scotland

Registration is through

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.


CUFP 2009 will last a full day and feature a discussion session and the following presentations:

Bryan O'Sullivan
Keynote: Real world Haskell
Lee Momtahan (EDF Trading)
Implementing a Domain-Specific Language for Derivative Pricing with Scala
Bhasker Kode (
Erlang at
Jefferson Heard, (Renaissance Computing Institute)
Teleconferencing over High-res Maps with Haskell
Alex Peake (TFC) and Adam Granicz (Intellifactory)
The First Substantial Line of Business Application in F#
Christopher Piro and Eugene Letuchy (Facebook)
Functional Programming at Facebook
Lee Benfield (Barclays Capital)
FMD - Functional development in Excel
Warren Harris (Metaweb)
Functional Programming at Freebase
Mark Wong-VanHaren (Glyde)
Clear & Simple: Composing a Marketplace
Duncan Coutts (Well-Typed)
Birth of the Industrial Haskell Group
There will be no published proceedings, as the meeting is intended to be more a discussion forum than a technical interchange.

See for more information, including presentation abstracts and the most recent schedule information.

Program Committee

  • Francesco Cesarini (co-chair) <francesco(at)erlang-consulting(dot)com>
  • Manuel Chakravarty <chak(at)cse(dot)unsw(dot)edu(dot)au>
  • Kathleen Fisher <kfisher(at)research(dot)att(dot)com>
  • Jim Grundy (co-chair) <jim(dot)d(dot)grundy(at)intel(dot)com>
  • John Hughes <john(dot)hughes(at)quviq(dot)com>
  • Nick Levine <ndl(at)ravenbrook(dot)com>
  • Anil Madhavapeddy <anil(at)recoil(dot)org>
  • Laura McKinney <laura(at)galois(dot)com>
  • Yaron Minsky <yminsky(at)janestcapital(dot)com>
  • David Pollak <feeder(dot)of(dot)the(dot)bears(at)gmail(dot)com>
  • Ganesh Sittampalam <ganesh(dot)sittampalam(at)credit-suisse(dot)com>
  • Ulf Wiger <ulf(dot)wiger(at)erlang-consulting(dot)com>

This will be the sixth CUFP; see CUFP 2004 CUFP 2005, CUFP 2006, CUFP 2007 and CUFP 2008 for information about the earlier meetings, including reports from attendees and video of the most recent talks.

29 June 2009