Built In NYC: How MayStreet Engineers Give Back to the C++ Community

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The burden of keeping the C++ language fresh and relevant is tasked to hundreds of engineers who make the trip to ISO Standard meetings three times a year.

Nathan Myers, a principal software engineer, and Robert Leahy, a senior software engineer, attend each meeting knowing that which companies send engineers is less important than the work of the engineers themselves; it’s the engineers doing the work who have the most influence.  

At least, that’s the case for Myers and Leahy, who work at MayStreet, an 8-year-old company that develops high-performance software and analytics for global capital markets. Together with their relatively lean team, Leahy and Myers help more than 50 clients make sense of contemporary markets and turn data into actionable trading insights.

Since joining MayStreet in 2018, Myers has re-architected the infrastructure of one of the company’s core offerings, Capture, so that a single server host can log and collate all public New York market activity. Meanwhile, Leahy has spearheaded multiple projects, including MayStreet’s Network Sniffing and Processing solution, which creates “drop copies” (real-time copies of all activity on an order entry session) by sniffing data from the network. He’s also created a standards-complaint, highly flexible and transport-agnostic Financial Information Exchange (FIX) engine.

Beyond that work, MayStreet sends Myers to committee meetings for the ISO C++ Standard three times a year, where he has worked since 1993 on, mostly, the Standard Library. Myers said he works with many attendees from larger companies than MayStreet at these committee meetings in building up the C++ community. But according to Meyers, contributing to the committee requires more than the backing of a corporate giant.

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