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Ed Blake
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Finally a motivating explanation of Hindley–Milner type systems: You can encode invariants in the type system and have them checked by the compiler.

How has every other thing I've read/watched failed to make this simple point?

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This post gives an interesting perspective on C# and the DotNet platform in contrast to Java and the JVM.

Coming from the other direction I still agree with many of his points. Microsoft has done a lot recently to change my opinion on them and their tech, but I still feel the lack of OS engagement and innovation.

There are reasons for optimism though: the success of Mono and Unity, continued support of F#, Roslyn, open sourcing of Xamarin. I am hopeful DotNet will become a platform people want to use.

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Great post hitting the high points of functional/immutable benefits. Looking forward to part two.

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Good talk on Microsoft's shinier version of JavaScript. Seems nicer than CoffeeScript, probably a good-enough substitute when ClojureScript isn't an option.

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