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I'm planning to learn F#. I'm not a very beginner since I know Standard ML, C# and Erlang.

Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, design methodologies, and other helpful information on F# (preferably with examples using WPF since I would like to use it for GUI-programming) ? What about that book makes it special?

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I'm reading Real World Functional Programming and so far it's very good. It is co-authored by stackoverflow's Jon Skeet and also by Tomas Petricek.

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Looks like a great book. I have ordered it now. –  Jonas Sep 13 '10 at 7:04
"and also by"? Yeah, right... –  Ramon Snir Jul 1 '12 at 15:23

Chris Smith is the author of a book about F#, his recommendation should be highly reliable.

I complement with free on-line book and chapters:


See Expert F# chapters

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+1 Wikibooks has helped me in the past with various things and really is a worth it as an alternative if the book is nearing completion, some books are less good though. –  Tom Wijsman Sep 13 '10 at 0:57
+1 for liking my wikibook :) –  Juliet Sep 13 '10 at 2:25

This SO answer by Chris Smith provides some good F# books...

I'm unsure if they will contain WPF but I suggest to not search for a combined book,
instead go for a second book about WPF as this will be much more broad and covers it much better.

Better focus on them apart and have a solid base than focusing on both simultaneously and have trouble.

The best book for WPF is Windows Presentation Foundation Unleashed by Adam Nathan.

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