Matt Harrington is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Before joining Microsoft in 2011, Matt was active in the local open source community. He discovered functional programming through Scala, which he enjoyed very much. At a Silicon Valley Code Camp in 2008, Matt had a break in his schedule and decided to attend a talk on F# by Tim Ng of Microsoft. At that time, he didn't even own a Windows computer and had only heard faint whispers about F#. By the end of Tim's talk, he was sold. Matt stopped what he was doing, switched his home machine from Solaris to Windows, and dove into F# and .NET. He soon learned that to really become an expert in .NET, you have to know C#, which he then picked up and enjoyed just as much. Matt tossed VB.NET in for good measure, which he found to be just as powerful as C# but with a more readable syntax. After joining Microsoft, Matt expanded on the C++ skills he used in his scientific computing background.
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