TUTORIAL: The Future of F#: Taming the Data Deluge with a Strongly Typed Functional Programming Language


April 13, 2011


Don Syme and Tomas Petricek


MSR, University of Cambridge


This tutorial will teach F# from several angles.

  • The advanced features of F#, including asynchronous and parallel programming and units of measure
  • The language feature that underlies F# asynchronous programming and its relation to the corresponding recently announced feature for C#
  • F# as a cross platform language for teaching, including using F# on Mac, Linux and with MonoDevelop using the tool TryF#
  • F# type providers and their applications to strongly typed programming with web ontologies
  • F# as a modern data programming environment, including writing data-rich phone applications.


Don Syme and Tomas Petricek

Don Syme is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. He is the designer of the F# language, recently released as F# 2.0, including the F# parallel/asynchronous programming model. He is also the co-designer and co-implementer of generics for the .NET CLR, now used as a fundamental part of the programming models of C# and VB in Mono and Microsoft implementations.