22 March 2018


Don Syme about Microsoft Research, languages, F#, exposure to software development for children, and deconstruction of ideas

Don Syme is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Mobile Tools and Microsoft Research, Cambridge. He works with researchers, Microsoft and open source communities to make better programming technologies, and, through that, make people more productive and happier. His main responsibility is the design and implementation of the F# programming language and he contributes to its tooling and community. He has also worked on the design of virtual machines and the C# language, being co-responsible for C# and .NET generics, and the design of language-integrated asynchronous programming in F# and, via F#, has influenced the design of asynchronous programming in C#.

Don's top 3 tips for delivering more value:
  1. Don't personalize things
  2. Identify tension between two ideas and view it as an opportunity to find a new path via resolution of the tension and combination of ideas
  3. Deconstruct things

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