Hanselminutes Podcast 76 - F# with Robert Pickering
My seventy-sixth podcast is up. In this show, I chat with Robert Pickering, author of the very fine Foundations of F#. We ask the question 'Why F#?' and talk about functional languages and some of the features of F# that make it a great introduction to FP for .NET programmers.
NOTE: If you can, while listening to this show, be sure to visit this explanatory post on Robert's blog. It includes the code samples and syntax techniques that he talks about in this interview. Reading the code while listening will help you enjoy this particular show that much more.
Additional Production Note: Check out this post on Sound Quality at Carl Franklin's blog for short before and after samples of Robert's audio track and an explanation of one of the many ways that Carl and his team at Pwop makes the sound quality of this podcast so nice.
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Links from the Show
Examples - Robert Pickering's Blog Post on the F# Show on Hanselminutes (rr0)
F# - Microsoft Research (rr2)
Robert Pickering's F# Blog (rr4)
Book: Foundations of F# - Robert Pickering (rr1)
Robert Pickering's F# Resources (rr3)
MSDN Video on F# (rr5)
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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
haven't listened to the show yet... downloading now... but F# is a ripper of a language -- implemented by an Aussie!
Just got back from tech.ed australia and i have some big scoops i'm gonna leak...
Before listening to this I thought "Groan, not another flash-in-the-pan programming language. Why learn F# when I've got the magic of Ruby with the DLR just around the corner"
But F# sounds like an excellent language to wrap my head around.
I especially loved the discussion of elegant and (for C-Sharpies like me) alien ways of doing things with Functional languages.
Keep up the good work Scott
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