Monthly Archives: July 2010

This is the first episode of a series meant to show how easily F# adapts to the way we think. I assume no knowledge of functional languages, but I do assume knowledge of an imperative language such as C#.


Suppose in your application you want to do the following:

if there is a dog whose name is jerry, print “hello”.

This is how we think, i.e. how the original thought forms in our mind. But, in order to implement this thought in ordinary imperative languages (such as C++ or C# before .NET 3), we’d have to translate it more or less like that:

for each d in dogs
   if = jerry then
      print "hello"

which is not close to the original sentence. As the conditions to write become more complicated, this kind of code tends to become unreadable and unmantainable.

Let us now see how much more natural it is to express the same idea in F#, and how much closer to the original sentence the F# code is.

In order to translate this to F#, it is useful to slightly rephrase our original thought like that:

if there is a dog D whose name is jerry, then print “hello”.

This is closer to F#, but let us rephrase it again slightly:

if there exists a dog D such that = jerry, then print “hello”.

now the above is practically F#. In fact, the real F# code is:

if exists dogs (fun d -> = "jerry") then print "hello"

as you can see, it reads almost the way you think:

(fun d
-> = "jerry") then print "hello"
if there exists a dog d such that = “jerry”) then print “hello”

End note:

In the above, the exists function is defined as follows:

let exists x y = List.exists y x

In the next episode I’ll deal with more complicated (but still very common) sentences and show how naturally they translate to F#.

Microsoft Bizspark logo Yellow blue soft is a proud Microsoft Bizspark partner. Tabbles (our flagship product) is developed entirely in F#, and WPF using Visual Studio 2010.


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We’ve always perceived the FileSystemWatcher as “moody”, meaning that it would work on some disks and not on some other… but we couldn’t quite understand the reasons behind it. It would work on fixed HD but not always on removable drives

A few days ago we bought 2 of those fantastic mini NAS-adapters, which work indeed fine even if they:

1)  have an embedded Linux using Samba to manage the sharing.

2) support only FAT32 partitions.

Of course we started testing Tabbles furiously and we immediately started yelling “OMG, the FileSystemWatcher doesn’t work on Network drives!”. The reason of such a panic attack is that our auto-tagging rules and one click-tagging are based on the FileSystemWatcher and Tabbles looses much of its appeal without those.

After a bit of yelling and hair-tearing we googled “FileSystemWatcher Samba” until we stumble on this article suggesting to use the “Win9xWatcherStrategy class”… deeply moved in the heart, Maurizio tries immediately to implement this but soon enough he finds out that the method “Win9xWatcherStrategy” doesn’t exist in the FileSystemWatcherClass. This means that we’ll probably bin the .net FileSystemWatcher wrapper, and move to the lower-level Win32 function.

For any of you using Tabbles Portable: be aware that for the moment the auto-tagging rules work only if your USB drive is formatted as NTFS… sorry for that but we’ll try to fix this soon!


But we also have some good news here: totally out of the blue, Mr. Leandro “O Dragão” posted on our forum a solution to the annoying problem of  Tabbles not being able to track files moved with Explorer, have a look at this thread. This is among the most exciting thing that happened to us in the past months…we don’t really know a lot about it yet, but so far it looks really promising – Kudos to Leandro! 😀

Mr. Burns

Mr. Burns

(Not sure why, but I believe Mr. Burns would be proud of us!)


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We’ve just uploaded the 1.5.9 rev8 (silent update – you’ll need to manually uninstall if you have a 1.5.9 already installed)

1) Tabbles speaks now Hungarian and Chinese!!! 😀    (thanks to Requin and WEntropy for the translation)

Tabbles in Chinese and Hungarian

Tabbles in Chinese and Hungarian

2) The shared-tabbles features are nearly ready to go!

– We added more icons to describe various situation

– We unified the dialogues making way more clear how the sharing process work -> now it looks usable for real! :mrgreen:

– A bunch of bugs have been fixed…no, it’s actually a BUCKET of them!

Yes, I hear you: “Yeah ok, but what is this shared-tabbles thingy and what’s all the fuss about?”…well, briefly, Tabbles is turning into a social tagging tool, aimed at tagging files and urls on LAN or in the cloud (yes, in the cloud too – check out this list of tested services).  Basically I tag some files and you browse my tags and add some more… and so on.  Read more on our forum. Some more stuff (videos, pics…) is coming soon.



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this will be  a lazy update… the reason is that the last days were particularly hectic. Let me try and sum it up:

  • On Friday we were featured on GOTD.
  • Re-installed (read: fought with) phpbb, but now it works fine and has a lot of cool new things, including the much needed open-id mod (which now works like a charm!). I’m planning a blog post about phpbb: I’m not an expert but for sure there is a lot I know that is worth sharing 🙂
  • Just released the 1.5.9 including Polish (and I just received the Hungarian translation too…will be in the next update).
  • Quite a few things fixed/improved in the tabble sharing features
  • We sold the first Corporate licenses! Yes – it came as a surprise to us too!!! (The Corporate license will include the tabble sharing features…which is not there yet!)
  • Something REALLY cool: Don Syme (the man behind F#) wrote a blog post about Tabbles!

Well, as I’m here, let me share some more visual stuff:




Ok, now look at our GOTD peak here:


look at our peak on the giveawayoftheday promotion!




Look at how sexy is our yahoo pipe (subscribe to RSS)

Tabbles yahoo-pipe, we use it to aggregate all our feeds
Tabbles yahoo-pipe, we use it to aggregate all our feeds




And finally, I just sketched this:

Tabbles new tag-line...or something

Tabbles new tag-line...or something. You like it? 😉



P.S.: on a sad note, I’m stuck with the error 0x80004005 whil trying to let people browse  shared folder on my Windows Server 2008 (sp2). Looks like there is no way out… anyone? :-O

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Our most anticipated feature is now available for beta testing.  This is what it looks like right now:

The shared-tabbles feature is in beta

The shared-tabbles feature is in beta

Check the shared-tabbles thread on the forum (or subscribe via RSS).

We’re looking to hear from as many of you as possible out there! 😀

Andrea & Maurizio

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Tabbles 4.1.12 (~ 19MB)
Compatible with: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10. For LAN mode, it requires Microsoft Sql Server Express 2008 or above.

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