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F# coolness September 25, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rupert Bates @ 7:38 pm
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Ok so I’ll admit I find F# hard going. It’s not just that the syntax is tough for a C# developer, it’s also the fact that a lot of the examples around tend to be implementing algorithms that are pretty damn complicated in themselves. It’s a bit like someone trying to explain a complex philosophical concept to you in a language where you are only just capable of ordering two beers and a plate of chips. Anyway… I am determined to get my head around it, I’m really excited by what I’ve seen so far.

The point of this post is really just to say how cool this is:

http://blogs.msdn.com/chrsmith/archive/2008/09/04/simple-f-game-using-wpf.aspx

You can now create a solution with a C# user interface, (this example uses WPF but you could also use Asp.Net) and include in it an assembly written in F#. This is fantastic, it brings all of the cool language features of F# a massive step closer to being usable in real world applications.

Now whether in my role of managing a team of developers, I would actually want someone to just set off and start writing key parts of an application in F# is another issue entirely…

 

Anyone attending/speaking at Tech Ed Barcelona 2008?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rupert Bates @ 10:23 am
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I’m going along and really looking forward to it. Some of the things I’m hoping to hear a bit about

  • MS MVC
  • Iron Ruby
  • Test Driven Development – I saw Roy Osherove doing a couple of presentations last year and they were a bit of a highlight (particularly his guitar playing)

So far the only speaker I’ve seen confirmed is Jason Zander, general manager of the Visual Studio team.

It would be great to see someone like Phil Haack or John Lam there, but I’m not holding my breath.

Anyone else out there attending or speaking? What stuff do you want to hear about?

Update:
Luke Hoban is going to be talking about F# on Monday the 10th, should be very interesting, this is now my must see session.