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F# Type Providers

In this talk, Tao Liu will introduce Type Providers, a new feature of F# 3.0. Type providers are a mechanism which enables information-rich programming, and simplifies working with data from diverse information sources.
The talk will

1) provide a brief introduction to F#

2) present the 4 built-in type providers:

  • databases
  • web API type provider

3) demonstrate how to write your own type provider, by demonstrating the following:

  • introduce the design of type providers, and how they provide types and class members,
  • explaining where the type and class members are coming from,
  • meta programming using type provider,
  • exploring features at design time with type providers.

The Speaker

Tao Liu is a Microsoft F# core team member at Redmond, WA, and presents the most popular F# talk on channel 9 about F# and Design Pattern. He is the author of the forthcoming book “F# for C# developer” at Microsoft Press. He was a Software lead for multiviewer Centrio product in Harris Corporation, won the cooperation Innovation Award, and has a pending patent for a real-time rules engine. You can find Tao’s blog at, and follow him on Twitter as @ttliu2000

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  • Jack F.

    Purely Functional Stepchildren, companion article to my lightning talk at Wednesday's meetup

    August 31, 2012

  • Jack F.

    I was aware of the importance of Type Providers before, but I had never taken a close look. Tao really made the subject accessible and revealed things I hadn't known.

    August 31, 2012

  • Homi C.

    Great introduction to the new features in F# 3.0.

    August 29, 2012

  • nicolas r.

    Wish I was there !

    August 15, 2012

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