FP Day is a new one-day event for the Functional Programming community in the UK and around the world.

Intended to be hands-on and interactive, FP day will give you the opportunity to share experiences with others, find out more about the latest tools and techniques available, network with your peers and have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The event will also have a strong, practical focus on learning more about the principles of Functional Programming, using it effectively and exploring possibilities with current FP technologies.


The final programme includes: keynotes from Simon Peyton Jones and Don Syme, practical sessions on programming with Haskell, Clojure and F#, short talks on Functional Programming with real-world examples and plenty of general discussions on different FP languages.

See the full event programme.


This event is for anyone involved in programming. It offers value for money and is suitable for: software developers, software architects, consultants, researchers, students and others.


We are very pleased to welcome our keynote speakers, Simon Peyton-Jones and Don Syme.

Simon Peyton-Jones

Keynote: Towards Haskell in the Cloud

Don Syme

Keynote: F# Today, F# Tomorrow Data-Rich Programming Meets Functional Programming Super-Drug

Simon Peyton-Jones

About Simon Peyton-Jones

Bio: Simon Peyton-Jones, MA, MBCS, CEng, graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1980. After two years in industry, he spent seven years as a lecturer at University College London, and nine years as a professor at Glasgow University, before moving to Microsoft Research (Cambridge) in 1998.

His main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He has led a succession of research projects focused around the design and implementation of production-quality functional-language systems for both uniprocessors and parallel machines. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.

More generally, he is interested in language design, rich type systems, software component architectures, compiler technology, code generation, runtime systems, virtual machines, and garbage collection. He is particularly motivated by direct use of principled theory to practical language design and implementation -- that's one reason he loves functional programming so much.

His home page can be found at http://research.microsoft.com/~simonpj.

About Don Syme

Bio: Don Syme is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. He is the designer of the F# language, recently released as F# 2.0, including the innovative F# parallel and asynchronous programming model. He is also the co-designer and co-implementer of generics for the .NET CLR, used as a fundamental part of the programming models of C#, F# and Visual Basic, and widely seen as one of the primary language features that differentiates .NET languages from JVM-based languages. Don's interests currently lie in information-rich typed functional programming for data-analysis, server-side programming and cloud computing.

Don Syme


FP Day 2011 will take place at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

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Booking for FP day is now open. Click here to pay online via credit card or to request an invoice. Prices go up as the event gets closer.


FP Day 2011 is organised by Software Acumen, based in Cambridge, England. We specialise in running practical events for software communities around the world.


You may also call +44 (0)1223 900107 if you have questions about the event.

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