How did I come to F#?
After graduating in CS in 2015, I began working in C# at ExxonMobil in Houston, TX. I wanted to learn as fast as I could and was given a Pluralsight subscription. I watched videos on .NET and one course on functional programming in C# recommended learning F#. I watched all 17 courses on F# and downloaded a PDF of Scott Wlaschin’s F# for Fun and Profit and read it all.
Since then, I’ve written a blog post for FsAdvent 2018 https://link.medium.com/LTzH6BsGKW, presented on F# multiple times at work, taken advantage of the FSSF mentoring program twice, attended Open F# 2018, presented at Southern Fried F#, and attended Build 2019.
What can I do for F#?
One thing that became apparent to me at Microsoft Build was how many .NET developers at Microsoft have never tried F#. I think F# needs more users inside of Microsoft. I believe I could lead an effort under the umbrella of the FSSF to teach interested teams F#. Between Don Syme, Phillip Carter, Miguel de Icaza, Lena Hall, Jim Bennett, William Blum, Cheick Keita, Marina Polishchuk, Stas Tishkin, Mark Greisen, and others, I think we can make a real impact. This dogfooding of F# at Microsoft could help improve the language support in Visual Studio, Azure Functions templates, and documentation. Perhaps over time, F# could became the primary language of .NET, not just an alternative to C#.