Due out Next Year – Programming F# by Chris Smith

I’d like to announce that for the past few months I’ve been secretly working on a book for O’Reilly titled Programming F#. My aim is to provide the one-stop-shop for learning the breadth of the F# language.


A special thanks goes out to Nate LaMartina, a friend of mine at Mythic Entertainment for putting together the book cover. I haven’t actually discussed the animal on the cover yet, but I’m sure the folks at O’Reilly media would love a flesh-eating Squig.

Comments (14)

  1. MichaelGG says:

    Sweet :). I think some lesser animal should be getting trampled or gored… My favourite O’Reilly cover is still "Oh No! A Horrid Little Monkey…" (One here: http://www.something-random.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/ohno.jpg)

    One question though, F# 1.0? Was that on purpose so you could limit the scope of what to cover?

  2. Chris Smith says:

    The "F# 1.0" was just filler text, I’ll actually try to cover a little bit more than that such as how to deploy applications and running F# on Mono.


  3. Liam says:

    Really glad to see this. Your blogs always have a nice clear application which scaled will make interesting chapters.

    Another question though, will it be Learning F# (book cover) or Programming F#, since the contents have a different target audience.

  4. Chris Smith says:

    Despite the image, the title will be "Programming F#". So it will assume the reader has more some programming experience and some familiarity with C#.

  5. Chance Coble says:

    It’s great to see another title on F# in the works Chris.  Thanks!  Don’t hesitate to ping me for any review needs – I look forward to the book taking its place on my shelf.

  6. Worth buying just because of the cover 😀

  7. Rupert Bates says:

    Hi, slightly off topic but will you or anyone else from the F# team be at Tech Ed Barcelona this year? Great blog, keep up the good work.

  8. Jerry S. says:

    Chris, how hard is it today to use F# for desktop applications? Is the subject touched at all within your book?


  9. Carsten K. says:


    will there be excerises?

    Some will state that you don’t need any because as a good programmer you know how to do you stuff – but ever tried learning lisp or prolog without good excersies?

    And F# will be even worse because you can fall back to imperative programming ….

  10. Anders Cui says:

    Great, i am looking forward to it!

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