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F#: History, Today, Tomorrow



Don Syme discusses the history of F#, how it came about, the current status of the language, especially its simple model supporting parallel and asynchronous programming, and a preview of F# 3.0.


Don Syme has had a major contribution to the design of F#. He has also participated in the design of C# generics and .NET CLR. He joined Microsoft Research in 1998 and has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in 1999.

About the conference

SPLASH's mission is to engage software innovators from all walks of life -- developers, academics and undeclared -- in conversations about bettering software. Bettering software involves new ideas about programming languages, tools, conceptual models, and methodologies that can cope with, evolve, and leverage, the complex software-intensive socio-technical system of systems that has emerged in front of our eyes during the past decades. Bettering software requires a deep understanding of the nature of these systems, an understanding that rides on the trends of the moment, but that goes well beyond. These are the topics of SPLASH.

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Mar 11, 2011

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  • Using F# with Solver Foundation was a revelation

    by Faisal Waris,

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    One of my recent revelations about F# was how well Microsoft Solver Foundation and F# go together.

    Solver Foundation is Microsoft’s entry into mathematical modeling and optimization (linear programming, constraint programming, etc.).

    The revelation was that with F# the model intent remained clear in code and the code was very readable.

    I had previously used C# with Solver but the model intent was lost in the jumble of api calls.

    Solver Foundation comes with an F# wrapper which I think key to enabling such transparent model code.

  • Some slides are missing...

    by Rodrigo Elias,

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    Slides dont show after 40 min.
    The link to Don's blog (in the end of the video) is wrong(the presented url is ok, the hyperlink is incorrect).

  • Presentation isn't showing for me

    by steven peretta,

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    This presentation is blank for me... MP3 and Slides works though.

  • Re: Presentation isn't showing for me

    by Roxana Bacila,

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    Hi Steven,
    Thank you for drawing our attention to this problem, it's now fixed. Enjoy watching the video.
    Roxana Bacila
    Community Manager
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