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F# in Education is a one-day workshop for educators and industrialists, to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., on November 5, 2010. The workshop welcomes participation from all academics interested in F# as a possible teaching language, as well as from those in industry wanting to know what it can offer for them. The program will offer a variety of talks covering all areas of use and implementation of the language. The workshop will be held in Microsoft’s vibrant New England Research and Development Centre on the scenic Charles River within reach of MIT, Harvard and Boston Universities.

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About F#

F# is simple, type safe, and efficient functional programming language with special expressiveness in parallel programming, scripting, and algorithmic development. F# combines the advantages of typed functional programming with a high-quality, well-supported modern runtime system and the .NET library and tools base. F# is freely available for .NET and Mono development across Windows, Mac, and Linux, and has a very successful professional implementation in Visual Studio 2010. To support teaching of F#, Microsoft Research is working in conjunction with the F# community to ensure a consistent learning experience across all three platforms. This workshop will discuss the projects underway for F# courseware, implementations, and compiler open-sourcing. The workshop welcomes participation from all academics interested in F# as a possible teaching language, as well as from those in industry wanting to know what it can offer for them. The program will offer a variety of talks covering all areas of use and implementation of the language.

F# originates from Microsoft Research, Cambridge and the Microsoft Research F# team, led by Don Syme, in partnership with the Microsoft Developer Division. The workshop is organized by the Computer Science theme at Microsoft Research, Redmond, led by Judith Bishop.

Program

Friday, November 5, 2010

Time

Description

08:00

Registration and full breakfast

09:00

Keynote: F#: Succinct, Modern Functional Programming—Don Syme, Microsoft Research, Cambridge 

10:30

Break

Implementations

11:00

Monodevelop—Tomas Petricek, Charles University, Prague  (tbc)

11:30

F# from the Mac User's Perspective - Joe Pamer, F# Core Team, Microsoft

12:00

TryFSharp in a Browser—Dean Guo, Microsoft External Research

12:30

Lunch

Education

13:30

Topic  tbc - Rick Minerich, Microsoft MVP (F#) and Leader of the New England F# User's Group

14:00

Programming Language Concepts using F# as a Meta-language - Peter Sestoft, IT University of Copenhagen -

14:30

Panel session: Why Teach F#

  • Nigel Horspool, University of Victoria
  • David Walker, Princeton University
  • Representative from Imperial College, London

15:30

Break

The Future

15:45

Looking Ahead with F#: Taming the Data Deluge—Don Syme, Microsoft Research, Cambridge

17:00

Locknote: F# in Industry, Howard Mansell, CreditSuisse, New York

17:50

Closing remarks—Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research

18:00

End

19:00

Workshop dinner

Venue: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 857.453.6000
Fax: 857.453.6013

Hotels: Recommended hotels close to the NERD Center are the Marlowe and the Liberty.
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Costs: There is no cost for attending the workshop. Attendance includes free breakfast, lunch, and workshop dinner on November 5. Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.

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