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5 Excellent Free Books to Learn F#

F# (pronounced F sharp) is a general purpose, strongly typed, multi-paradigm programming language that encompasses functional, imperative, and object-oriented programming methods. F# was modeled on Objective Caml (OCaml), a successful object-oriented functional programming language, and then tweaked and extended to mesh well technically and philosophically with .NET.

F# is most often used as a cross-platform Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) language, but it can also generate JavaScript and graphics processing unit (GPU) code.

F# belongs to the ML family of languages and is ideal for implementing interpreters and compilers because it has datatypes and pattern matching and is strongly typed. This leads to a brevity and clarity of examples that cannot be matched by non-functional languages.

F# is valuable to programmers at any skill level; it combines many of the best features of functional and object-oriented programming styles into a uniquely productive language.

We present our recommended free (to download) books to help you master F#.

1. F# for Fun and Profit eBook by Scott Wlaschin

F# for Fun and ProfitThis book offers a wealth of information about F# with a whole series of tutorials. There are also many posts about functional patterns, and many worked examples.

The author has compiled all the pages of his site into an ebook using GitBook.

The ebook runs to almost 2,000 pages.

The eBook is available in PDF, ePub and Mobi/Kindle formats.

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2. Programming Language Concepts for Software Developers by Peter Sestoft

Programming Language Concepts for Software DevelopersProgramming Language Concepts for Software Developers takes an operational approach to presenting programming language concepts, studying those concepts in interpreters and compilers for a range of toy languages, and pointing out where those concepts are found in real-world programming languages.

Topics covered include abstract and concrete syntax; functional and imperative; interpretation, type checking, and compilation; continuations and peep-hole optimizations; abstract machines, automatic memory management and garbage collection; the Java Virtual Machine and Microsoft’s Common Language Infrastructure (also known as .NET); and reflection and runtime code generation using these execution platforms.

The author uses the functional language F# as presentation language throughout to illustrate programming language concepts by implementing interpreters and compilers for toy languages.

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C#Combines the power and flexibility of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic
JavaScriptInterpreted, prototype-based, scripting language
PHPPHP has been at the helm of the web for many years
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RubyGeneral purpose, scripting, structured, flexible, fully object-oriented language
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GroovyPowerful, optionally typed and dynamic language
GoCompiled, statically typed programming language
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PerlHigh-level, general-purpose, interpreted, scripting, dynamic language
RDe facto standard among statisticians and data analysts
COBOLCommon Business-Oriented Language
ScalaModern, object-functional, multi-paradigm, Java-based language
FortranThe first high-level language, using the first compiler
ScratchVisual programming language designed for 8-16 year-old children
LuaDesigned as an embeddable scripting language
LogoDialect of Lisp that features interactivity, modularity, extensibility
RustIdeal for systems, embedded, and other performance critical code
LispUnique features - excellent to study programming constructs
AdaALGOL-like programming language, extended from Pascal and other languages
HaskellStandardized, general-purpose, polymorphically, statically typed language
SchemeA general-purpose, functional language descended from Lisp and Algol
PrologA general purpose, declarative, logic programming language
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ClojureDialect of the Lisp programming language
JuliaHigh-level, high-performance language for technical computing
AwkVersatile language designed for pattern scanning and processing language
CoffeeScriptTranscompiles into JavaScript inspired by Ruby, Python and Haskell
BASICBeginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
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VimLPowerful scripting language of the Vim editor
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ECMAScriptBest known as the language embedded in web browsers
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LaTeXProfessional document preparation system and document markup language
TeXMarkup and programming language - create professional quality typeset text
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TypeScriptStrict syntactical superset of JavaScript adding optional static typing
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TclDynamic language based on concepts of Lisp, C, and Unix shells
FactorDynamic stack-based programming language
EiffelObject-oriented language designed by Bertrand Meyer
AgdaDependently typed functional language based on intuitionistic Type Theory
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