- Simon Peyton Jones introduced the day presenting four common ways to bring parallelism into (functional) programming: transactional memory, "synchronous domains" (he did not that term) with messaging with sharable channels, data parallelism (as in vectorized code), and "combinatorial" parallelism (as with a parmap operator). It was very good, Simon is both an expert on the subject as well as a master presenter.
- Simon Cousins presented a talk on "F# in the Enterprise" in the context of energy trading. It was straightforwards but very relevant and emphasized working "in partnership" with C#.
- Antonio Cisternino presented his VSLab Plugin for Visual Studio. It allows your F# scripts to create window forms graphics inside visual studio. Really very nice and handy. I'll give it a try.
- Tomas Petricek's F# on the Server Side introduced a number of example of F# web server examples. It was introductory but well done and entertaining.
A nice remark is that Simon Peyton Jones did share my misgivings of implicit laziness in the context of inhomogeneity of parallelism. He said he was not sure it really worked, and I agree.