Xp London

XpLondon is a project to build a financial toolkit in a great hurry. The company recently restructured and in my new division we reckon that the best thing we can do with our experience of financial mathematics is to start by building a toolkit. We have 15 developers in the group, although some are working on existing products or other projects.

The technology is a core library in JavaLanguage (100%), using Microsoft's COM extensions to get us to VisualBasicForApplications so we can integrate with Excel.

Good news Bad news Where are we now?

Quote of the day

In the bar tonight, "We've bitten off an awful lot, but I'd rather do it with XP than any other way"


You wrote: "we reckon that the best thing we can do with our experience of financial mathematics is to start by building a toolkit" Do you have any real customers? Or are you trying to simplify future work with this toolkit? -- HaskoHeinecke

This is a speculative development, but this is what we know best, and we've had encouraging responses to our market research. Our principal user representative is our divisional director who has just come from the sort of environment we're targeting. It's not perfect, but it's not too bad. Of course, we have ideas about other uses for our toolkit. -- SF


17 October 1999

We've just had our first milestone and people seem remarkably happy about it. We made our demo without panics or pulling late nighters. We had a post-mortem in a pub and most of the objections were about how we do it, not whether we should. Where are we now? Quote of the day

"I couldn't imagine developing any other way, now"


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Does anyone know anything else about this project?

We've gone a bit quiet for commercial reasons. I'll see if I can add a bit -- sf

Is that quiet as in dead?


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