[Caml-list] DEFUN08: Call for Talks & Tutorials (co-located w/ ICFP08)

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Matthew Fluet (ICFP Publicity Chair)

Apr 5, 2008, 11:43:26 AM4/5/08
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Call for Talks and Tutorials
ACM SIGPLAN 2008 Developer Tracks on Functional Programming
Victoria, BC, Canada, 25, 27 September, 2008
The workshop will be held in conjunction with ICFP 2008.

Important dates

Proposal Deadline: June 27, 2008, 0:00 UTC
Notification: July 14, 2008

DEFUN 2008 invites functional programmers who know how to solve
problems with functional prorgamming to give talks and lead tutorials
at the The ICFP Developer Tracks.

We want to know about your favorite programming techniques, powerful
libraries, and engineering approaches you've used that the world
should know about and apply to other projects. We want to know how to
be productive using functional programming, write better code, and
avoid common pitfals.

We invite proposals for presentations in the following categories:

How-to talks: 45-minute "how-to" talks that provide specific
information on how to solve specific problems using functional
programming. These talks focus on concrete examples, but provide
useful information for developers working on different projects or in
different contexts.

- "How I made Haskell an extension language for SAP R/3."
- "How I replaced /sbin/init by a Scheme program."
- "How I hooked up my home appliances to an Erlang control system."
- "How I got an SML program to drive my BMW."

General language tutorials
Half-day general language tutorials for specific functional
languages, given by recognized experts for the respective languages.

Technology tutorials Half-day tutorials on techniques, technologies,
or solving specific problems in functional programming

such as:
- how to make the best use of specific FP programming techniques
- how to inject FP into a development team used to more conventional
- how to connect FP to existing libraries / frameworks / platforms
- how to deliver high-performance systems with FP
- how to deliver high-reliability systems with FP

Remember that your audience will include computing professionals who
are not academics and who may not already be experts on functional

Presenters of tutorials will receive free registration to ICFP 2008.

Submission guidelines

Submit a proposal of 150 words or less for either a 45-minute talk
with a short Q&A session at the end, or a 300-word-or-less proposal
for a 3-hour tutorial, where you present your material, but also give
participants a chance to practice it on their own laptops.

Some advice:
- Give it a simple and straightforward title or name; avoid fancy
titles or puns that would make it harder for attendees to figure out
what you'll be talking about.
- Clearly identify the level of the talk: What knowledge should people
have when they come to the presentation or tutorial?
- Explain why people will want to attend:
is the language or library useful for a wide range of attendees? Is
the pitfall you're identifying common enough that a wide range of
attendees is likely to encounter it?
- Explain what benefits attendees are expected to take home to their
own projects.
- For a tutorial, explain how you want to structure the time, and what
you expect to have attendees to do on their laptops. List what
software you'll expect attendees to have installed prior to coming.

Submit your proposal in plain text electronically to
defun-2008-submission-AT-deinprogramm.de by the beginning of Friday,
June 27, Universal Coordinated Time.

Kathleen Fisher AT&T Labs
Simon Peyton Jones Microsoft Research
Mike Sperber (co-chair) DeinProgramm
Don Stewart (co-chair) Galois

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