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- Smashing the Myth: Why You Must Learn F# - Even If You Aren’t Writing Rocket Science Apps
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2012 Mar/Apr
Release Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Quick ID: 1203081
If you are a .NET software developer, you have heard of F#. You may have read an article, seen a talk at a user group, or otherwise heard the buzz. However, if those means of reaching you have failed, at the very least, you have noticed it conspicuously appear in the list of languages you can base a solution on in Visual Studio 2010. If you write code on the .NET Framework, you would have to be living under a rock to have not heard of F#.
- F# 101
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2008 Sep/Oct
Release Date: Friday, August 22, 2008
Quick ID: 0809051
F#, the latest member of the Visual Studio family of languages, offers some enticing advantages over C# and Visual Basic, stemming from its functional-object fusion nature.Originally a research language from Microsoft Research, F# has long been a “secret weapon” in the arsenal of .NET programmers for doing statistical- and mathematical-heavy coding. More recently, however, a growing number of developers have begun to see the inherent advantages implicit in writing functional code, particularly in the areas of concurrency. The buzz has begun to approach interesting levels, particularly on the heels of an announcement last year from the head of the Microsoft Developer Division, Somasegar, that F# would be “productized” and fully supported by Microsoft as a whole, suddenly removing the stigma and licensing restrictions that surround research projects.