General Assumption: This course is designed for anybody who has atleast general familarity with programming languages like, C, C++, Java, C#.
F# Pronounced as "F Sharp".
Tool you can use for F# programming study is http://www.tryfsharp.org/Tutorials.aspx# (F# Interactive) or Visual studio 2008/2010 F# interactive window. [You will need silverlight installed on your computer. If not you can download that from Microsoft site.]
We will begin with short tutorial of all concept in this language and later expand each of these topic in subsequent chapters.
What is F#:
F# is a multi paradigm programming language developed by Microsoft.
F# supports object oriented, Functional, Imperative style of programming.
Why F# is the best ?
1) Combined features of functional, object oriented, imperative style of programming in single language.
2) Less lines of code. So you can increase your productivity.
3) Parallel programming : To create parallel programs which take advantages of recent advantages in hardware technology. i.e. it can use full use of multi core processors.
4) It's cool language. It's fun !
5) It's developed by Microsoft and used for very large projects which proves it's strength.
6) Most suited for scientific/engineering/data oriented programming.
7) It's language of Artificial intelligence.
8) You got all rich and powerful library of .NET Framework.
9) You can use F# assemblies (modules or .dll) in other .NET languages like C# or Vb.net
10) Future is functional. As time passes OOP (Object oriented paradigm) is showing it's weakness.
It's quiet obvious that in future we will use combination of functional + OOP more often.
If you learn this language you will be very high in demand.
Roadmap of course:
- Crash course: General overview of all concepts. And Short examples.
- Elaborate each topic to it's smallest details.
- Real world examples and solutions to the problems.
- Small Projects (at least 100) (Games, Tools, Utilities, Fun..)
- Big Projects (at least 10) (Mobile Phone Operating system in F# etc.. )
What's Next…. Go and Conquer the world with your F Sharp Weapon… :)