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Evangalising F# within your organisation

You may be a convert to F#. But how do you go about persuading your organisation to make the leap?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Please, please, please -- if you are coming to this talk or Andrew Kennedy's talk, please sign up at Skills Matter here:

    June 2, 2011

  • Kit E.

    Phillip - that sounds perfect! Nice one.

    May 24, 2011

  • Phillip T.

    Kit: we have a date now, June 7, from Skills Matter, and a talk on Units of Measure from Andrew Kennedy. Could we double up with a discussion on Evangalising F# after?

    May 23, 2011

  • Kit E.

    I personally find entirely-in-pub meetings a bit hard to cope with, background noise wise. Would it be better to reschedule?

    May 23, 2011

  • Vijesh

    I'd be up for the Slaughtered Lamb if it's conducive to a good discussion on the topic.

    May 23, 2011

  • Phillip T.

    Anyone fancy meeting in the Slaughtered Lamb close to Skills Matter?

    May 23, 2011

  • Dave T.

    Where is this meeting planned to be?

    May 22, 2011

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    April 27, 2011

  • Kit E.

    If we want to combine a talk about evangelising with something more technical - I'm working on some F# based charting stuff which should be demo-ready in a month or so. Happy to demo that and have my code pulled apart.

    January 5, 2011

  • Kit E.

    Another thought on this - it would be great to hear from anyone who has used F# in a team context. Do the expected clarity/maintainability gains actually occur when multiple developers are involved?

    January 5, 2011

  • David G.

    I like this idea. In the place I work F# is still at the stage of 'Ooooh, this might be interesting' but we haven't got any further than that really. The parallel aspects and the (perhaps?) greater suitability for the core algorithms in algo trading apps seemed like potential positives...

    December 3, 2010

  • Carolyn M.

    Thanks for the feedback guys - definitely something to look into in the New Year! I suspect several of our members are facing similar challenges. Please keep sharing your thoughts and ideas...and watch this space!

    1 · November 28, 2010

  • Kit E.

    Thanks Paul, 'commitment' is another one which the imaginary-businessperson-in-my-head has asked. I think that - regardless of its technical excellence - F# will stand or fall on its credibility with those who pay the bills. Anyone out there want to help us bridge that gap?

    November 26, 2010

  • Paul Y.

    Yes!! I would like to advocate F# within my company. However as I'm not a developer myself it's hard to win hearts and minds. A nice set of business win examples along with some killer examples would really help my case.
    One question I've been asked already is:
    -- Risks - what evidence is there for microsofts long term commitment to F#?

    November 26, 2010

  • Kit E.

    OK, a couple of thumbs-up for that idea but not a landslide! Could this topic form part of a session - combined with something more technical as a crowd pleaser?

    November 26, 2010

  • Kit E.

    Thanks for the feedback so far. To keep the ball rolling, here are some of the questions I know I would be asked if I 'broke cover' here. Do we think we could answer these?
    -- Benefits. What are the true benefits as against C# (or in my org.'s case, something older!)
    -- Skills - can the organisation hire enough F# developers? Or will we end up with something no-one can maintain. (Again!)
    -- Performance. Will it run fast enough given (perceived) .net overhead?

    1 · November 25, 2010

  • Tomas P.

    Very interesting idea! I think the meeting could include stories of those who already use F# (about how they convinced their company to use it) and a discussion with other ideas... It would be also interesting to see short F# snippets that show how F# solves important problems from various domains (something that people could show in their company to convince others).

    2 · November 25, 2010

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