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True open-source is not about having the source code available on GitHub. It is about the community and the mentality in the community. In this talk, I’ll look at the thing that I love the most about F# - the active open-source community around it. You can see the spirit when you watch how people react when they do not like something about the ecosystem. Do they complain and say that someone (e.g. Microsoft) should fix it? Or do they instead find a way to fix it themselves? And what is the magical element in the community that makes the difference?
This is not a sociological talk, so expect to see a number of concrete examples from the F# ecosystem! I’ll talk about F# 4.0, which has been a community-driven effort, open-source support for F#, the data-science libraries for F#, type providers and also a couple of tools that you’ll see later in the conference – including FAKE, Paket and Visual F# Power Tools.
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The Big F# and Open-Source Love Story
Tomas is a computer scientist and open-source developer. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute working on tools for open data-driven storytelling. He wrote a popular book called "Real-World Functional Programming" and is a lead developer of several F# open-source libraries.