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The real power of F# in industry stems from its ability to solve problems that could not be solved before. In this lecture I shall walk through the design and implementation of a bespoke business rules engine that went into production earlier this year at one of the world's largest insurance companies. Rather than making incremental improvements by rewriting legacy solutions, we overhauled their entire delivery process. Software updates that used to take at least 9 months, cost over £1m and involve dozens of people can now be done in minutes by a single non-technical person at minimal cost to the company. F# was the tool that made this possible.
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Using F# to change the way we work
Dr Jon Harrop BA MA MSci PhD (Cantab) managing director and cofounder, worked as a graphic design artist and computer programmer in industry from 1992 before earning four degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Cambridge. Jon is the primary author of The F#.NET Journal articles (2007-2010) and books such as OCaml for Scientists (2005), F# for Scientists (2007), Visual F# 2010 for Technical Computing (2009) and the forthcoming Multicore .NET as well as a coauthor of New Intelligent Printing Techniques (1995), Smart Cards in Transport (1997), The Future of Chipless Smart Labels (2002) and dozens of other books.