This is a long story but I will try to summarize it as best I can. We are a .NET shop that writes software for a variety of different types of funds. For example, we write health claims management software, pension management software, 401(k) software and some other financial-type things. Now we are entering a new realm: derivatives and quantitative analytics type of work, which seems very exciting. This is something that is coming down in the next 8-12 months I've been told. Now, I have learned some functional programming on my own, mainly just superficial glances at various languages via this book but never really dug deep into it. Now, since we are a .NET shop I was thinking F# might be a good choice, because we could potentially leverage some .NET libraries and existing knowledge possibly. My question is where to start? I am having an exceedingly difficult time trying to figure out if I should go with Haskell, Erlang, Scala, F#, etc. They all seem very interesting and capable and quite frankly this might be a good chance to break out being so Microsoft dependent.
Has anyone had a similar situation? If so, what was your experience making the jump to functional and what did you choose and why? I know this is kind of a big question but I don't know any developers that are using functional methods right now so I have nowhere else to turn other than Googling incessantly and finding flame wars everywhere on the best functional language.
Thanks very much indeed