Why you should try F#

A few weeks ago I gave F# a shot, I have my personal reasons for doing this. But I can imagine you are confused about this sudden move. Why should you even try this weird language? Almost nobody uses it!

You are right, not a lot of people use F# in their projects. But there are a few reasons why I think you should give it a shot for a hobby project.

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Getting started with F# on your mac

Functional programming is becoming a thing. More and more people are talking about it. I used to use Scala for a lot of projects, but always wondered about F#.

Last week I swallowed the blue pill and dived into this remarkable language. As with with all languages I tried to get F# up and running on my Macbook.

Here’s what happened and what you need to know if you want to give F# a try on your own mac computer.

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A quick lap around Algorithmia, the online algorithm marketplace

Selling algorithms is becoming a thing on the internet. A number of big companies have started to sell access to their algorithms. It’s an interesting business model. If you haven’t got the smarts to implement an intelligent algorithm yourself, then buying one from Microsoft or Google looks like a really smart plan.

I’m not going to say that you will end up with a great solution. You still need to spend time to tune and integrate everything into a working solution, but it’s a great start.

Talking about selling algorithms, a while back I found Algorithmia, a website which provides an online marketplace for people to buy and sell algorithms of the kind that Microsoft and Google are providing through their own cloud.

It is an interesting service, which deserves another look.

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