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Tomas Petricek - How F# Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Data

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Tomas Petricek - How F# Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Data

Time: March 7, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: Microsoft Research
Street: 21 Station Road
City/Town: Cambridge CB1 2FB
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Phone: 01223 900107
Event Type: software, east, evening, event
Organized By: Jacqui Davidson
Latest Activity: Mar 7, 2017

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Thursday  7th March 6-8pm

6-6.30 Registration and Networking

6.30-7.30 Talk followed by questions

7.30-8pm Networking

Please sign-up to ensure your participation. Sign-ups after 19th February £10 on the door. Thanks to Microsoft Research for hosting

ABSTRACT: The world of data speaks a different language than the world of programming languages. It uses REST, SQL database schema, XML, JSON while programming languages only understand types and classes. This causes big confusion when we try to access data from programming languages, especially from those with (otherwise very useful) static type systems.

How can a programming language learn to understand data? In this talk, I'll show how this is done using type providers in F# 3.0. You'll see how integrating data into the programming language opens the possibilities for creating exciting applications.

Speaker: Tomas Petricek

Tomas is a long-time F# enthusiast and author of a book Real-World Functional Programming ( which explains functional programming concepts using C# 3.0 teaching F# alongside. He writes a programming blog ( and is an active member of the F#unctional Londoners group. He contributed to the development of F# during two internships at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. Before starting PhD at Cambridge, he studied in Prague and worked as an independent .NET consultant and trainer.

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Comment by Mark Dalgarno on March 7, 2013 at 20:23

Thanks to Tomas for speaking tonight. Follow him at @tomaspetricek

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