on 11/26/2010 10:08 AM

Earlier this week I gave a talk at the first London WebSharper User Group meetup about WebSharper 2.0 and some of its new features such as sitelets and the new Visual Studio templates. This was a longer, class-like talk with many technical points discussed - a great source of information for anyone interested in WebSharper. Here is the short summary of the talk:

Introducing WebSharper 2.0

WebSharper 2.0 is a web application development platform for F# that targets client-based rich internet applications. It integrates proven functional programming ideas and language- oriented programming to enable developing web applications that contain significantly less code and are quicker to develop and easier to maintain than their traditional counterparts. WebSharper comes with a proven F# to JavaScript compiler, full Visual Studio and ASP.NET integration, automatic resource management and
tracking, single-click deployment, a continuously growing set of extensions for third-party JavaScript technologies (jQuery, YUI, Ext Js, Google Maps/Visualization, Infovis, etc.), and tools to develop new extensions and extend language/library coverage

With WebSharper you can:
* Develop client-based Ajax web applications entirely in F#
* Write the client and server code side-by-side in a single language
* Compose user input forms, sequences of input forms, and even entire web sites declaratively as first-class values
* Use the full F# language, its core libraries and many .NET namespaces for client-side code
* Integrate seamlessly with existing ASP.NET applications
* Utilize any JavaScript technology via F# code
* Develop highly optimized JavaScript code in F#
* and much-much more

In this event you will learn about:
* Getting Started with WebSharper
* The functional programming foundation for its main features
* How to compose HTML with combinators
* How to define basic and more advanced user input forms declaratively
* How to enlist external JavaScript libraries into type-safe F# and WebSharper code
* How to provide further library coverage for.NET code
* How to turn F# applications to WebSharper web applications
* How to extend legacy web applications with client-based functionality
* Best practices of developing larger applications with WebSharper

Click on the picture below to view the video - it's about 2.5 hrs long, so grab some food and a beer before you sit down to watch it...

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