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Beginning F# 4.0 by Kit Eason, Robert Pickering

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© Robert Pickering and Kit Eason 2016

Robert Pickering and Kit Eason, Beginning F# 4.0, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1374-2_1

1. Getting Started

Robert Pickering and Kit Eason

(1)St. Germain-En-Laye, France

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This introductory chapter will address some of the major questions you may have about F# and functional programming.

What Is Functional Programming?

Functional programming (FP) is the oldest of the three major programming paradigms. The first FP language, IPL, was invented in 1955, about a year before FORTRAN . The second, Lisp, was invented in 1958, a year before COBOL . Both Fortran ...

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