Does the language you use make a difference? – Code metrics for "functional-first" v. "object-first" code

  This post is a very interesting study of the differences between “functional-first” (F#) and “object-first” (C#) design for medium-sized software, by comparing software metrics for a number of C# and F# projects. Here are the conclusions, #3 and #4 are the most important I think. Project complexity. For a given number of instructions, a…

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Some History: 2001 "GC#" research project draft, from the MSR Cambridge team

Regular readers of my blog will know that from time to time I post some historical notes related to the research projects I’ve been involved in at Microsoft Research. Recently, I was asked some historical questions about our work on .NET Generics in 2001. To help frame an answer, I thought I’d post one of…

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.NET/C# Generics History: Some Photos From Feb 1999

Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several different projects. F# is ongoing, has several different aspects (FP, OO, async, units-of-measure etc.) and quite high-visiblity, but perhaps the one that was most timely, most foundational, and most wide-reaching was .NET and C# Generics. Here are some fun photos from the early history…

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