Functional Geekery Episode 14 – Richard Minerich

In this episode I talk with Richard Minerich. We cover his intro to F#, benefits of using F#, the inter-op story with the rest of the .NET Framework, and the direction of growth for F#.

Our Guest, Richard Minerich
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About Richard Minerich
Bayard Rock
How Rick got into F#
Exposure to Clojure via attending Rich Hickey’s Ant Colony Simulation presentation
Rick’s take on a F# ant colony simulation
F# is a ML family language for the .NET runtime
“Less code is more”
Open sourcing of F# and tools
Growing adoption of F#
Bing Advertising system and Halo ranking system are built using F#
Finance Companies picked up F#
F# Type Providers
F# adoption growing in a Alt.NET style
Type Erasure in F#
Properly encoded types, drastically reduces bug
Expressions not statements
F# is single pass, but leads to low dependencies
C# vs F# dependencies in projects blog post
“Put your functions in a data structure and call them after lookup”
Good places to prove out usage of F#
“All problems are better solved in F#” than C#
Pattern Matching to help with complicated domain logic
Great for testing C# code
Simple Made Easy
F# is simple, but with depth
Interoperability between F# and C#
Dependencies availability in F#
Type Providers for calling into other languages
F# expanding to OS X and Linux via Mono
Why Rick has interest in Haskell
Idris and dependent types
F# Tutorials
Presenting at CodeMesh 2014

Editor’s Note – After the call finished recording, Rick mentioned another good place for introducing F# is the build process, by using Fake

A giant Thank You to David Belcher for the logo design.