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The Hub goes live

I have been so busy, I haven't had a chance to announce one of the initiatives that I have been working so hard to complete.  So here it is . . .

hubFS - THE place for F#

This is my first effort at an organized community site with focus on F#.  Please visit the site to find articles, blogs, forums, code, galleries, etc.

I could not do this alone.  I had the help of many people to put this site together.  I can't do the list justice, but those that have helped know that I respect their works and talents and most of all, their efforts to get this place going.

Over the recent days, while this blog was under construction (and I missed this milestone), many of my friends and and hubFS contributors made certain that this would get the exposure that it needed.  I'll list as many here as I can.  Send me a comment if I missed you (as it was unintentional):

There is a great core group of contributors that have started to produce F# works.  I hope that as time goes by, we are able to invite more contributors and build a base of competence in F#.

Please also note, that this is "THE place for F#".  I make that statement as a simple gesture with the definite article "THE" in all caps.  Dr. Syme and the F# team run the F# mail list server (along with Don's blog); Robert Pickering runs the F# Wiki and hosts a set of fantastic F# tutorials.  There are numerous other blogs that have assorted F# works.  To be clear, I want The Hub to be THE place to gather, but know that only a concerted effort with others can bring about our common goals.  I truly appreciate the works of these others and want to be clear that as F# matures in language, usage and acceptance, the collective works at Microsoft Research, on Robert's site and at The Hub and elsewhere will all work together to make F# more accessible and hopefully provide clear information for those that want to improve their F# skill set.

I invite you to stop by The Hub and get informed on F#.  Let me and others know what we do well and what needs improvement.

 

Published Friday, May 12, 2006 1:01 AM by optionsScalper
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Friday, May 12, 2006 6:38 AM by Adam

# re: The Hub goes live

Fortran?  Really?  That's so retro it's awesome.
Friday, May 12, 2006 11:30 AM by optionsScalper

# re: The Hub goes live

Adam,

Actually, not Fortran.  But that too is what I first thought last year when I adopted F#.

F# is based on ML/OCaml and is a research language from Microsoft Research Cambridge.  While it is not a production language as of yet, it is CLS-compliant, plays well with others in the .NET suite, etc.  The language is concise and allows for functional/imperative/OO constructs in any mixture.

The reason that I'm interested is that this language will likely become THE math/scientific computing platform for .NET.  Because I can seamlessly integrate with all other .NET stuff, I can choose how to deploy F# in an application.  I can use F# within SQL Server 2005, interop with C#, do some stuff with it in BizTalk, etc.  I can also deploy F# in Web Services and WCF (Indigo).  So where F# provides advantage in my scientific computing environment, I can use it and still continue to use my other tools as needed.

Having been a big MatLab, Mathematica, Maple, S-Plus, R and other math engine user, I am also glad to move to F#.  Data used for any research needs to be shuttled to the compute engine and if I have to cross a program boundary into MatLab or Mathematica for example, I'm beholden to their interface, it's robustness and performance.  With F#, I incur none of those penalties and am free to work out architecture and design issues for large scale models.

Check out Chad's article that I linked above.  He just did a proof of concept to run F# on a Virtual Supercomputer, i.e. deployment of F# compute engines on a grid of machines.

---O

p.s. F# supports BigInts and BigRationals (arbitrary precision math) as first-class language types.  I know the F# team has just completed some work to further optimize those types and related operations.  Crypto work that requires large number use becomes easier with F#.

What do you think?

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