History of Functional Programming Languages: Static Type Systems
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One year after presenting "History of Functional Programming Languages", Stephan Missura will focus on the history of static type systems.
Static ("strong") typing plays a very important role in F#: In the tradition of ML-based languages, F# infers types automatically, generalizes automatically, and supports special syntactic constructs such as discriminiated unions and pattern matching. In addition, F# features important type-related innovations such as type providers, units of measure, active patterns, unified syntactic support for abstract computations, and automatic generic type specialization via inlining.
The talk will put F#'s type system in a historic context.