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<p>F# is an open source, functional-first programming language which empowers
users and organizations to tackle complex computing problems with simple,
maintainable and robust code. It is used in a wide range of application areas
and is available across multiple platforms. </p>
<p>F# runs on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows as well as HTML5 and GPUs. F# is free to
use and has an OSI-approved open-source license.</p>
<p>F# is supported by industry leading companies providing professional tools,
and by an active open source community.</p>
<p>The F# Software Foundation exists to promote, protect, and advance F#, and to
support and foster the growth of a diverse international community of F# users.</p>
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<h4>Join the F# community</h4>
<p>F# has an active <a href="http://fsharp.github.com/">GitHub community</a> and
<a href="http://groups.google.com/group/fsharp-opensource">mailing list</a>.
Learn F# from a number of tutorials and books:
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<li>Interactive tutorials on <a href="http://preview.tryfsharp.org/Learn">Try F#</a></li>
<li>Read F# tutorials and F# books</li>
<li>Ask F# questions on StackOverflow</li>
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<h4>Use F# in practice</h4>
<p>Start by <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/gg634701.aspx">reading a whitepaper</a>
that outlines the benefits of F# and includes information on developing F# skills.</p>
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<li>Get professional F# tools</li>
<li>Use commercial F# stacks</li>
<li>Gain skills at <a href="http://skillsmatter.com/go/scala">F# trainings</a></li>
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<h2>News feed <a href="http://fpish.net/rss/blogs/tag/1/f~23"><img src="img/rss.gif" /></a></h2>
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<h2>About The F# Software Foundation</h2>
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<p>The mission of the F# Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the F# programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of F# programmers.</p>
<p>The FSSF maintains a core open-source F# code repository and distributions made available to the public free of charge for use across multiple platforms. This includes the F# compiler, F# language specification, the F# core library and assorted tools and applications.</p>
<p>For more information see <a href="foundation.html">The F# Software Foundation mission statement</a>.</p>
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<h2>Some commercial and community supporters of F#</h3>
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<a href="http://www.m-brace.net/"><img src="img/sup/mbrace.png" /></a>
<a href="http://www.statfactory.co.uk/"><img src="img/sup/statfactory.jpg" /></a>
<a href="http://www.intellifactory.com/"><img src="img/sup/intelli.gif" /></a>
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<a href="http://www.ffconsultancy.com/"><img src="img/sup/ffconsultancy.png" /></a>
<a href="http://fpish.net/"><img src="img/sup/fpish.png" /></a>
<a href="http://skillsmatter.com/"><img src="img/sup/skillsmatter.png" /></a>
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<h4 class="first">Software stacks</h4>
<p>Commercial and community users of F# provide stacks for developing F# applications including the following areas:
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<li><a href="webstacks/index.html">Web Stacks</a></li>
<li><a href="math/index.html">Math Stacks</a></li>
<li>Big Data Stacks</li>
<li>Scalable Compute Stacks</li>
<li><a href="games/index.html">Game and Visualisation stacks</a></li>
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<h4>Contributors to F#</h4>
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<li><a href="http://fsharp.github.com/">The F# open-source community</a> maintains
the open-source F# distribution, affiliated projects and stacks.
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<li><a href="http://research.microsoft.com/fsharp">Microsoft Research</a> provides the F# language design.</li>
<li><a href="http://fsharp.net">The Visual F# Team</a> provides professional F# tooling for Windows and Azure. </li>
<li><a href="http://skillsmatter.com">SkillsMatter</a> hosts <a href="http://skillsmatter.com/search?cx=018111287228818953049%3As05tkt5mhbk&cof=FORID%3A11&q=f%23&sa=Search&siteurl=">user groups, F# tutorials and trainings</a>.</li>
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<h4>Experience reports</h4>
<p>The following case studies outline the benefits of F# for enterprise scenarios:</p>
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<li><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000006794">
Banking Firm Speeds Development by 50 Percent</a></li>
<li><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dsyme/archive/2011/01/12/f-for-energy-trading-and-energy-portfolio-optimization.aspx">
F# for Energy Trading and Energy Portfolio Optimization </a></li>
<li><a href="http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1362702.1362709&coll=ACM&dl=ACM&type=series&idx=SERIES824%25E2%2588%2582=series&WantType=Proceedings&title=ICFP">
F# Business Intelligence Case Study - XBox Live Trueskill </a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000005226">
Insurance Company Improves Time-to-Market with Enhanced Rating Engine </a></li>
<li><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dsyme/archive/2012/10/23/f-job-in-social-gaming-inn-london.aspx">
Facebook Social Gaming</a></li>
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<h4>Interoperability</h4>
<p>F# is designed with powerful features to enable interoperation with langauges and data sources.</p>
<p><strong>F# runtime</strong> integrates with C# and .NET, C/C++, Python, Java and many other. </p>
<p><strong>F# 3.0 type providers</strong> enable integration with data sources including
WSDL, REST, Excel, CSV, SQL, Freebase, WorldBank and with environments such as
R and Matlab and many more.</p>
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