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Welcome, Kevin Miller!

My good friend and technical reviewer for The Book of F#, Kevin Miller, has recently started blogging over at structuredsight.com! Much of his day-to-day work involves managing build, deployment, and migration processes, so he’s primarily writing about some of the challenges he’s faced with migrating multiple SQL Server instances and query optimizations, but he also has some fun articles comparing programming languages, too.

Please take a moment and welcome Kevin to the party. I know he’d love to hear from you.

.NET Users of Fort Wayne – March 19

To celebrate the release of my new book, The Book of F#, I’ll be back in Fort Wayne, IN to talk to NUFW on March 19. Instead of the usual technical talk, this will be an open-ended discussion of my experiences writing a technical book but I’m sure that F# will find its way into the conversation at least a few times.

If you’re in the Fort Wayne area and would like to join us, we’ll be meeting at the Cole Foundation Conference and Training Center (3213 Stellhorn Rd) at 6:00 PM. I’ll be giving out a few copies of the book as door prizes so you won’t want to miss this!

The Book of F#

The Book Of F#Earlier this year (late February to be exact) my life took an interesting turn: a publisher approached me about writing an F# book. Writing a book had been something that I’d thought of doing for some time but it was never something I gave any serious consideration. After some discussion with my wife, mostly about the time commitment, I decided to go ahead with the project. Since then, a mix of writing, reviewing, revising, and the variety of other activities that go along with getting a book on the shelves have consumed most of my nights and weekends.

After months of work, I’m very excited to announce that The Book of F#: Breaking Free with Managed Functional Programming will be published by No Starch Press! The book is scheduled for release on March 22, 2014 but No Starch is accepting pre-orders now! By pre-ordering from No Starch with the coupon code PREORDER, you can save 30% off the cover price of $44.95.

If you’re an experienced .NET developer that would like to break free from the chains of C# and Visual Basic or someone that’s just curious about the language, this book is for you. The Book of F# will introduce you to the basics of the language and walk you through features such as currying, partial application, pattern matching, discriminated unions, record types, units of measure, type providers, and a plethora of other concepts. Throughout the book you’ll see examples of how F#’s terse syntax and functional-first nature will help you be more productive and produce code that’s more predictable than that of many modern languages.

F# has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you’re even remotely curious as to why, I hope you’ll consider adding this book to your collection.

.NET Users of Fort Wayne – August 21

On August 21st I’ll once again venture out of my cave for a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana where I’ll spread more F# love with my friends at NUFW.

If you’re in the Fort Wayne area and want to learn about how F# and functional programming principles can improve your software, please join us. The doors open at 6:00 for networking and the main event begins at 6:30. Be sure to check NUFW ‘s events page for the latest logistics information.

Microsoft MVP – Visual F#

If you’ve spoken with me or have been following this blog for any time you know that over the past year I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the F# language. You’ve probably also noticed that fresh content here has been a bit, well, lacking over the past few months as I’ve focused on some speaking engagements and writing an as yet untitled F# book. I was very surprised, ok, shocked, when earlier this week I received word that I’ve been selected as a 2013 Microsoft MVP for Visual F#! I’m extremely honored to have received this recognition and will do everything I can to continue promote and advance this fantastic language.

I owe a debt of gratitude to the Indiana development community that I’ve been part of for so many years, particularly the user groups in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington. Thank you for your all of your support and encouragement.

If you’re interested, you can find my MVP profile here: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/mvp/David%20Fancher-5000148

On a related note, if you haven’t read about the new language features or tooling support in F# 3.1 and Visual Studio 2013, be sure to take a look at the F# Team blog.

Bloomington .NET Society – June 27

I know I’ve been quiet for a few months but don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared. Instead I’ve been hard at work on an upcoming F# book! The book has consumed most of my time but not being one to pass up a chance to talk about my obsession I’m making the trip down to Bloomington, IN at the end of the month to talk to the Bloomington .NET Society.

If you’re in the Bloomington area on June 27th and interested in learning about F#, please join us. You can find the full meeting details on the group’s site: http://dotnet.indiana.edu/news/jun-2013-meeting.

I hope to see you there!

IndySA – March 21, 2013

The March IndySA meeting is this Thursday.  I’m excited for the opportunity to spread around a bit more F# love as this month’s speaker.  If you’re looking for a fun way to fill the evening please join us at the SEP office in Carmel at 5:30 PM.  All of the logistics details are available on the meetup site.

I hope to see you there!

About the Talk

F# Needs Love Too

Originally developed by Microsoft Research, Cambridge, F# is an open-source, functional-first language in the ML family. Despite its lofty position as a first-class Visual Studio language for the past two releases and its cross-platform availability it hasn’t seen widespread adoption in the business world. In this talk we’ll take an introductory look at F#, exploring how its constructs and terse syntax can allow you to write more stable, maintainable code while keeping you focused on the problem rather than the plumbing.