F# is an open-source and cross-platform language which excels at succinct, correct and maintainable code. F# is used for data scripting, data science, web programming and component development. It interoperates with a wide range of software libraries and tools and all .NET and C# libraries can be used directly from F#. A key characteristic of F# is that you can use it from small-scale scripting and development to large-scale software delivery.

F# is well suited for literate programming using Azure and Jupyter notebooks because declarations are ordered in a script-like way. This notebook assumes you are familiar with some programming already. However, the examples are kept simple, so if you are just learning F#, that's fine too! There are lots of excellent F# learning resources available online. The F# Cheetsheet is a quick guide.

F# is supported by the F# Software Foundation and a worldwide community of contributors. Microsoft and other companies develop professional tooling for F#. The F# Language Reference is a reference for the F# language, and the F# Guide covers general topics. F# on Azure is a technical guide for using F# in conjunction with a range of Azure services.

To learn more about how to use Jupyter notebooks, see the Jupyter documentation and the Jupyter keyboard shortcuts. You can install the F# and Jupyter tooling locally using IfSharp.

Please share your notebooks with your friends and colleagues! The #fsharp tag on twitter can be used to share with the community.

Let's start with some simple arithmetic and data:

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```(12/4 + 5 + 7) * 4 - 18

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Here is a list of numbers:

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```let sampleNumbers = [ 0 .. 15 ]
sampleNumbers

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`let`

to define a function that accepts and returns an integer. Parentheses are optional for function arguments. When needed, annotate the type of a parameter name using `(argument: type)`

. Documentation comments are added using `///`

.

```
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```/// A function to compute a sample curve
let sampleFunction (x:int) =
2*x*x - 5*x + 3
sampleFunction (7 + 4)

```
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```

`int`

, `double`

, `int64`

, `bigint`

and so on, use conversion functions of the same name

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```sampleFunction (int 3.14 + int 2.79)

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```

F# uses indentation aware syntax (like Python). You can find out more about this in the topic F# syntax: indentation and verbosity.

Conditionals are expressed using `if ... then ... else`

and booleans are expressed using `true`

, `false`

, `&&`

, `||`

and `not`

:

```
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```if 98.0 < 100.0 then 10 else 20

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```

```
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```not false && (true || false)

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```

```
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```let helloWorld = "Hello" + " " + "world"
helloWorld

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```

```
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```(1, "fred", 3.1415)

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```

```
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```open System
let fridaysList =
[ for month in 1 .. 6 do
for day in 1 .. DateTime.DaysInMonth(2017, month) do
let date = DateTime(2017, month, day)
if date.DayOfWeek = DayOfWeek.Friday then
yield date.ToShortDateString() ]
fridaysList

```
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```

If you edit the previous bit of code yourself, you will notice that you get autocomplete assistance while editing. This gives you IDE-like editing inside your Azure Notebook.

Arrays are similar to lists but are mutable and are stored as flat data rather than linked lists:

```
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```let lowNumbers = [| 1 .. 200 |]
lowNumbers

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`|>`

and a function to process data using List.map:

```
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```sampleNumbers
|> List.map (fun x -> x*x)

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```

```
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```let sumOfSelectedSquares =
sampleNumbers
|> List.map (fun x -> x*x)
|> List.filter (fun x -> x % 3 = 0)
|> List.sumBy (fun x -> x * x)
sumOfSelectedSquares

```
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```

Both lists and arrays can use slicing notation:

```
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```lowNumbers.[0 .. 50]

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```

```
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```let rnd = System.Random()
let rec randomWalk x =
seq { yield x
yield! randomWalk (x + rnd.NextDouble() - 0.5) }
let firstValuesOfRandomWalk =
randomWalk 5.0
|> Seq.truncate 20
|> Seq.toList
firstValuesOfRandomWalk

```
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```

F# is a typed language. Here you define a record type. You can learn more about F# type definitions in online resources such as F# for Fun and Profit.

The type definition uses an option value. Option values are any kind of value tagged with either 'Some' or 'None'. They are used extensively in F# code to represent the cases where many other languages would use null references.

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```type ContactCard =
{ Name : string
Phone : string
Verified : bool
ZipCode : string option}
let sampleCard = { Name = "Alf" ; Phone = "(206) 555-0157" ; Verified = false; ZipCode=Some "90210" }
sampleCard

```
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```

```
In [16]:
```let showCard (c: ContactCard) =
c.Name + " Phone: " + c.Phone + (if not c.Verified then " (unverified)" else "")
showCard sampleCard

```
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```

```
In [17]:
```open Microsoft.FSharp.Data.UnitSystems.SI.UnitNames
let raceLength = 1600.0<meter>
[<Measure>]
type mile =
/// Conversion factor mile to meter: meter is defined in SI.UnitNames
static member asMeter = 1609.344<meter/mile>
/// Distance expressed using imperial units
let distanceToWalk = 500.0<mile>
// Same distanceusing metric system
let distanceToWalkInMeters = distanceToWalk * mile.asMeter
(raceLength, distanceToWalk, distanceToWalkInMeters)

```
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```let oneBigArray = [| 0 .. 100000 |]
// Do some CPU intensive computation
let rec computeSomeFunction x =
if x <= 2 then 1
else computeSomeFunction (x - 1) + computeSomeFunction (x - 2)
/// Do a parallel map over a large input array
let computeResults() = oneBigArray |> Array.Parallel.map (fun x -> computeSomeFunction (x % 24))
computeResults()

```
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```

A range of F# learning topics are available online at The F# Software Foundation

```
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```type MyType = { FirstName: string; LastName: string }
let records =
[|
{ FirstName = "Walter"; LastName = "Harp" }
{ FirstName = "Jeff"; LastName = "Smith" }
{ FirstName = "Ben"; LastName = "Smith" }
{ FirstName = ""; LastName = "Holly" }
|]
records |> Util.Table

```
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```

You can also filter the table to display a subset of the data as you display it:

```
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```Util.Table(records, [| "LastName" |])

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```

```
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```"f(x)" |> Util.Math

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`Util.Math: string -> LatexOutput`

to format LaTeX. The result of your code snippet is implictly passed to the `Display`

function and shown in your output. Next we format some operators:

```
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```"\int_0^\infty e^{-x^2} dx \mathrm{\ in\ \LaTeX{}}"
|> Util.Math

```
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```

The result of your code snippet is implictly passed to the `Display`

function and shown in your output. The `Display`

function is provided by `IfSharp`

. It takes any object and attempts to display it in your notebook. By default, `Display`

already handles many types (including `LatexOutput`

), and later we'll see how to extend it to handle any type you need.

You can also call `Display`

in your code, in order to display more than one output.

We can display charts, using `XPlot.Plotly`

:

```
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```#load "XPlot.Plotly.Paket.fsx"
#load "XPlot.Plotly.fsx"
open XPlot.Plotly

```
```