I’m very glad to announce a new F# community initiative called “The Hub”, hosted at http://cs.hubfs.net, and known as “hubFS”.   Broadly speaking, this site aims to be “THE place for F# on the web”.  I think this is great – we need a broad reach on the web, and all the signs are that this site is going to be an important place for the F# community over the coming years.  It will be a great place to host F# material that doesn’t fit well into an email list or which requires a permanent, searchable home, e.g. blogs, articles, screen shots, forums, code and video. 

The Hub is the result of the tireless efforts of Chris Barwick, otherwise known as optionsScalper. It has been in “incubation” over the last while, and is now publicly open.  Some of the current entries on the site are:

Prisoner's Dilemma application article - http://cs.hubfs.net/blogs/polyphonic/archive/2006/03/17/113.aspx

Interactive Web Crawling with F# - http://cs.hubfs.net/forums/thread/94.aspx

A discussion on Red Black Trees and related programming techniques - http://cs.hubfs.net/forums/thread/73.aspx 

A preliminary version of the famous “F# DirectX Demo”, http://cs.hubfs.net/forums/thread/95.aspx

F#  for Japanese readers

There are four trustees of The Hub – Scott Isaacs, Chris Barwick, myself and Andy Canfield.  Although the site says on the cover “THE place for F#”, please understand that in context – it does, of course, absolutely aim to complement the existing F# List and the existing community web sites, in particular the excellent site and Wiki by Robert Pickering at http://www.strangelights.com/fsharp/, and the F# home pages at http://research.microsoft.com/fsharp/fsharp.aspx. Everyone is welcome to cross-post material from the Hub to here, and to send summaries of interesting discussions and articles from the hub. 

The F# core team at Microsoft Research have a blog on the Hub called Heart of Sharpness (http://cs.hubfs.net/blogs/f_team/default.aspx).  We’ll be updating it regularly, and look forward to contributing to the articles and discussions on the site.

See you there!

Don