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One of the key concepts of functional programming is compositionality – the fact that we can build complex software using several basic “building blocks” and just a few ways of combining them. In this talk, I’ll demonstrate how we can teach this concept using F#. We’ll start with a basic example of this approach that even high-school students can easily understand – numerical expressions. Then we’ll move to more exciting examples of using library for composing 3D graphics. We’ll see that creating a fractal tree is not much more complicated than calculating the area of a triangle.

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Tomas Petricek (tomas.petricek)

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Tomas Petricek is a long time F# enthusiast, using F# since the early Microsoft Research versions. He has been a Microsoft C# MVP since 2004, and together with Jon Skeet wrote Real-world Functional Programming which explains basic functional concepts using C# 3.0 (teaching F# alongside) and which shows several appealing real-world uses of F# and functional techniques. He also contributed to the development of F# during two internships at Microsoft Research.

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on 4/12/2017 6:05 AM
As someone who enjoys being at the intersection of the academic world and the world of industry, I'm very happy to see any attempts at bridging this harmful gap. For this reason, it is great to see that more people are interested in reading academic paper[...]
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on 3/7/2017 7:31 AM
If you read a about the history of science, you will no doubt be astonished by some of the amazing theories that people used to believe. I recently finished reading The Invention of Science by David Wootton, which documents many of them (and is well worth[...]
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on 3/2/2017 3:53 AM
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I've been spending some time at the Alan Turing Institute recently working on The Gamma project. The goal is to make data visualizations on the web more transparent. When you see a visualization online, you should be [...]
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on 1/25/2017 4:31 AM
There were a lot of rumors recently about the death of facts and even the death of statistics. I believe the core of the problem is that working with facts is quite tedious and the results are often not particularly exciting. Social media made it extremel[...]
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on 10/11/2016 9:30 AM
This blog post is an edited and more accessible version of an article Thinking the unthinkable that I recently presented at the PPIG 2016 conference. The original article (PDF) has proper references and more details; the minimalistic talk slides give a [...]
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