CHAPTER 1Introduction

F# is a typed functional programming language for the .NET Framework. It combines the succinctness, expressivity, and compositionality of typed functional programming with the runtime support, libraries, interoperability, tools, and object model of .NET. Our aim in this book is to help you become an expert in using F# and the .NET Framework.

Functional programming has long inspired researchers, students, and programmers alike with its simplicity and expressive power. Applied functional programming is booming: a new generation of typed functional languages is reaching maturity; some functional language constructs have been integrated into languages such as C#, Python, and Visual Basic; and there is now a substantial pool ...

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