Visual Studio 11 Developer Edition was released with a pre-release version of F# 3.0, the latest version of Microsoft’s functional programming language, designed to, as the F# team put it, let developers “write simple code to solve complex problems.” New to F# 3.0 is F# Information Rich Programming, which includes F# LINQ Queries, the F# Type Provider mechanism, and a set of built-in type providers for enterprise and Web data standards.

Want to know more about F#? Now is a good time to get caught up. The MSDN Library now offers a free online version of Real World Functional Programming by Manning Publications. This book offers an introduction to F# and functional programming and then delves into hands-on learning. You’ll get access to overviews of major topics, followed by tutorials that will help you implement these techniques in your own applications.