Information Rich Programming with F# 3.0

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    The talk was quite inspiring. I also think that stuff like that is the way to go, at least for non-performance critical apps.

    But I think the very first comparison with C# was a real bad choice ^^. You may fool the noobs but with a crowd like that, I am sure I am not the only who noticed that your C# boilerplate was contrived. The five lines of F# for the command pattern translate almost without any additional characters to their C# equivalent, at least if you use C#4 and don't restrict yourself to C#2. BTW, the F# code shown there does NOT the same, it does a lot less... Not that I am not convinced that in F# one can write some stuff more compact and concise but trying to fool the audience usually leaves a bad impression. Instead find a better example and I bet there are plenty!

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    The F# information rich programming concept was kind of an eye opener for me. It makes a lot of sense to strongly type external data sources in this way. I find it very interesting to watch where F# is going, even though I don't use it myself.

    I also want to +1 Luna's comment about the contrived C# code. A dishonest comparison like this is far from the best way to win over new developers. I'm sure you can do better.

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    i enjoyed this talk and being kinda new to programming.  I really like the .NET platform although I never use VB.  I look forward to win8 and seeing the new languages that will come the winRT.  my blog  See u around the bends friends.

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    While I enjoyed the talk, I got disappointed that the future of F# part did not address the 2nd class status that F# seems currently to enjoy in Visual Studio.

    I for one would like to have proper F# support for Web development, WP and Windows 8 in Visual Studio.

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    @Luna--good point. I should probably have said OO style with C#, rather than just C#. You're right that if I used lambdas in C#, it would have been much more succint. Generally, the OO-style command pattern seems very prevalent, possibly because the language in general is very object-oriented.

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    This is pretty cool. I'm wondering if the type provider feature will eventually carry over to C# as well. I wonder what that would mean for something like Entity Framework.

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