This book is an excellent way to start programming F# in the .NET framework. The author guides you by example how to write and think the way of functional programming; it is fully detailed with explanations of how and why it is done this way.
The book gives you all the information you need from scratch on how to obtain and install the necessary compilers for several operating systems. Apart from the tutorial examples the author also gives some insight on how this new programming language might develop for future use in real world applications and some past examples that were used.
I fully recommend this book to new programmers that want to code in a different style to imperative programming.
"Foundations of F#" is a great introductory book for F# with some advanced samples. For those who are unfamiliar with functional programming, this book gives the notions of functional programming in all aspects while giving samples in the greatest platform with great language F#.
This book includes functional, imperative and object oriented programming paradigms giving great samples. Robert Pickering also focuses to the imperative programmers by giving the usage differences in F#. He introduces a wide range F# data structures from simple arrays to quotations with great explanations.
This book gives a lot of information on .NET Framework including the latest additions .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5. Samples with LINQ and Windows Presentation Foundation fulfil this area. If you are unfamiliar with .NET Framework, don't worry this book gives what you need to know about .NET framework in many different areas including network programming, web programming, database programming, and windows programming with clear and explanatory samples using relevant screenshots. The samples are unique and useful, it's not the examples that you can find on the web, and it's more specialised and focused on techniques specific to F#
Personally I most liked Language Oriented Programming chapter which gives very specific features and usage tricks to F# to make the most of the language. It's a must have book in your bookshelf if you are interested in functional programming on .NET Framework
You only have to see the name of the author and the name of the technical reviewer to rightfully expect a great introduction to programming F sharp. Although I do not have a solid background in the .net environment, with this book, I am quickly becoming more accustomed to the libraries and at the same time, being able to apply my knowledge of ocaml to personal projects like rss feeds, word analysis of web sites and a mini language for writing database driven sites. There are excellent insights to the strengths of what surely will prove to be a powerful combination of a fantastic powerful functional language coupled with arguable the most powerful windows programming framework around. Well done. I look forward to progressing to Don Symes' Expert F#