The Functional Web

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The HTTP protocol is inherently functional. It's simple, stateless interface taking a request and returning a response should be quite familiar to functional programmers. In this series, we'll investigate the benefits of taking a functional approach to building HTTP applications using Microsoft's Visual F# and ASP.NET Web API tools.


  1. Introduce the tools: F# and ASP.NET Web API
  2. Functional Nature of HTTP: Request -> Response
  3. Evolution: Request -> Task<Response> or Request -> Async<Response>
  4. Functional Core of Web API: System.Net.Http
  5. Introduce the ApiController type and the MVC style of developing with Web API
  6. Composing Web APIs
  7. A Functional DSL for building Web APIs: Frank

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