The F# Path to Relaxation [eng]

Born in a research lab, raised in the enterprise and now a fully open source, cross-platform language for the Cloud and Web, F# has been a key part of the transformation of programming since the early 2000s. Programming now regularly incorporates both functional and object programming techniques, with compositionality, succinctness, methodology and delivery to match.

I’ll share the story of this journey, and why F# continues to challenge the status quo with the simplicity and combining power of its design elements. I’ll discuss the philosophy underlying the F# language design and how we can look at a variety of seemingly unsolvable technical conflicts in different ways, with the aim making progress and improving society as a whole. Of interest to anyone who cares about programming, open and welcoming to all, come along and join in the fun.

Don Syme
Microsoft Research
  • Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge
  • Works with researchers, Microsoft and open source communities to make better programming technologies
  • Main responsibility is the design and implementation of the F# programming language
  • Don has also worked on the design of virtual machines and the C# language, being co-responsible for C# and .NET generics, and the design of language-integrated asynchronous programming in F# and C#
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