Thomas Bandt

Three Ways To Write Xamarin Apps In F#

The world of mobile app development clearly is dominated by object-oriented concepts. But does it have to be that way forever? This article discusses three different approaches to write Xamarin apps in F#.

Functional Programming In C#

While F# is a functional language that can be used in an imperative and object-oriented style, C# is often claimed to work the other way around.

A Brief Introduction To F#

F# is a strongly-typed so-called general purpose programming language running on the .NET platform. Unless other popular .NET languages such as C#, it explicitly favors a functional-first programming style.

Who Cares About Functional Programming?

For a long time, most developers in the software industry have spurned functional programming as a niche product that can only be used in either academics or a few rather exotic problem domains.

Building An F# Redux Store For C# Xamarin Apps

Managing local data involves challenges the architecture of every mobile app needs to address. Redux is a JavaScript library to solve that very issue for web apps, but its core concepts also fit perfectly into the the mobile app space.

The Problem With F# Evangelism

There seems to be a constant struggle to convince seasoned C# developers to give F# a try. Which is a pity because language and concepts deserve better.

Powerful Scripting With F#

There are plenty of options available when it comes to automating processes with (more or less) simple scripts, even PowerShell on Mac and Linux nowadays. But there's an alternative right at your fingertips: F# Scripts.

Moving From Node.js To ASP.NET Core

In late 2014 I made the decision to leave ASP.NET behind and give Node.js a try. Fast forward two years and I am back in my beloved .NET environment but still developing on macOS and able to host on Linux.