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Archive for September, 2009

Heavy Rain on Adelaide / Kangaroo Island

Monday, September 21st, 2009

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Mrs Fitz is on Kangaroo Island at the moment.  Her phone is not answering.  I hope she is OK.

The rain is moving from the north-west.  Adelaide has just had a bucketing and now it is heavy over Kingscote.

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Update
I’ve just heard from her.  She was down the western end of the island.  All is well.

Joel Pobar : Big Algorithms Made Easy with Microsoft’s F#

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Qld MSDN User GroupThis month’s QMSDNUG meeting is fortunate to be addressed by Joel Pobar in a re-run of his well-received Tech.Ed Australia 2009 DEV450 session.

Microsoft, Google, Netflix, Amazon and more, are using smart algorithms that leverage ever increasing clock cycles, and a plethora of user generated data, to find patterns that derive value.  They’ve brought smart software to the attention of the software development mainstream: PageRank, Machine Learning, Support Vector Machines, classification techniques, search and rank, and more.

We explore some of these algorithms and their implementations using a new functional programming language for the Microsoft .NET platform, called F#.  It has features and techniques that make working with data and building smarts much easier.

We’ll start with a walk through of the language, then get right down to hacking out smart algorithms that you can leverage in your own software.

Date: Tuesday 15 Sep 2009
Time: 17:30 for 18:00
Location: Microsoft Brisbane office, Level 9, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane

RSVP
All welcome. Bring your colleagues.
If you haven’t already done so, an immediate rsvp by email to mike@fitzsimon.com.au will help with planning.

These details are also on our website at www.qmsdnug.org.

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Update 15 Sep 09
Joel has an excellent blog post, Why F#? (TechEd ‘09 DEV450) with links to the source code and the PPT slides used in his presentation to QMSDNUG.