Microsoft Research Wants You To "Try F#"

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TryFSharpF#, a programming language that ships with Visual Studio 2012, has been described by Microsoft as "Strongly-Typed Language Support for Internet-Scale Information Sources".  If like me you're wondering what the reality behind all of these $10 words is, Microsoft Research has just the tool for you in Try F#.  Try F# is a set of resources to make learning F# easier for developers who want to tap into large sets of data with custom algorithms.
"From a business perspective, the primary role of F# has been to reduce the time-to-deployment for analytical software components, which have been primarily deployed in the finance and insurance industries, but there are more opportunities, especially for data scientists and researchers dealing with a number of large data sets, cloud computing resources and machine learning techniques. " -- Microsoft's Press Announcement

The announcement from Microsoft Research came yesterday at the POPL conference in Rome, Italy.  Try F# includes a number of new resources for developers interested in learning more about the F# language, most notably a web based tool for interactively developing and sharing code.
"But Try F# is much more than a set of tutorials. It lets users write code in the browser and share it with others on the web to help grow a community of F# developers."  - F# Blog Post

You can try F# for yourself at

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Paul Ballard

is a Chief Architect specializing in large scale distributed system development and enterprise software processes. Paul has more than twenty years of development experience including being a former Microsoft MVP, a speaker at technical conferences such as Microsoft Tech-Ed and VSLive, and a published author. Prior to working on the Windows platform, he built software using a vast array of technologies including Java, Unix, C, and even OS/2.