Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 76 - F# with Robert Pickering

August 10, 2007 Comment on this post [6] Posted in Learning .NET | Podcast | Programming
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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.

If you have trouble downloading, or your download is slow, do try the torrent with Āµtorrent or another BitTorrent Downloader.

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)

Do also remember the complete archives are always up and they have PDF Transcripts, a little known feature that show up a few weeks after each show.

Telerik is our sponsor for this show.

Check out their UI Suite of controls for ASP.NET. It's very hardcore stuff. One of the things I appreciate about Telerik is their commitment to completeness. For example, they have a page about their Right-to-Left support while some vendors have zero support, or don't bother testing. They also are committed to XHTML compliance and publish their roadmap. It's nice when your controls vendor is very transparent.

As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

About Scott

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.

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August 10, 2007 21:23
broken link?
August 10, 2007 23:17
F#? Are you bleeping out some curse word here, or what?!
August 11, 2007 1:52
Anthony, you can get it at:

August 11, 2007 1:56
Fixed, sorry. We started adding the Title to the filename.
August 11, 2007 2:49
I love!!


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...


August 24, 2007 12:51
One of my favourite episodes.

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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