Herding Code: Episode 18: Matt Podwysocki on F# and Functional Programming

Herding Code

This week Matt Podwysocki puts the fun in functional programming with a deep dive into F#. We've heard plenty of high level discussions of F# and functional programming lately, so we tried to dig into the gory details as much as possible: What is functional programming, and why sho...

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This week Matt Podwysocki puts the fun in functional programming with a deep dive into F#. We’ve heard plenty of high level discussions of F# and functional programming lately, so we tried to dig into the gory details as much as possible:

  • What is functional programming, and why should we care?
  • Types of applications that would and wouldn’t benefit from F#
  • How F# differs from C# 3.x and Javascript
  • How F# is being used (games, scripting, data analysis and scrubbing, etc.)
  • F# pattern matching
  • Using F# in your C# or VB based applications today
  • Getting started: F# Interactive, reading the F# source, books and resources
  • Interaction with DLR
  • Functional features we’d like to see in C# and VB
  • Spec# and Sing#

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