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This first meeting of the New York City F# User group will be hosted by Richard Minerich and Howard Mansell. I'll be introducing the group and talking about some of our future plans. Howard will be digging into some of the basics of the language and discussing some of the things that make F# great with a sweet live coding demo.
Howard Mansell is the Chief Architect of the Quantitative Strategies group at Credit Suisse, the group responsible for derivative trading models and tools. Howard was first introduced to functional programming when he learned Miranda at the University of Kent at Canterbury. After suffering with C++, COM and Excel for several years, Howard introduced functional programming concepts into the Excel environment, by implementing various proprietary extensions. The popularity of these led the group to embrace functional programming more widely, and ultimately switch mainstream development to F#. Howard and his team have driven the successful adoption of F# across the group over the last two years, culminating in its use for the development of GUI tools.