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Developers describe F# as "Strongly-typed, functional-first programming language for writing simple code to solve complex problems". F# is a mature, open source, cross-platform, functional-first programming language. It empowers users and organizations to tackle complex computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code. On the other hand, Markdown is detailed as "Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber". Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

F# and Markdown belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

"Pattern-matching" is the primary reason why developers consider F# over the competitors, whereas "Easy formatting" was stated as the key factor in picking Markdown.

F# is an open source tool with 2.09K GitHub stars and 341 GitHub forks. Here's a link to F#'s open source repository on GitHub.

Asana, Code School, and GoSquared are some of the popular companies that use Markdown, whereas F# is used by Olo, Huddle, and Property With Potential. Markdown has a broader approval, being mentioned in 756 company stacks & 718 developers stacks; compared to F#, which is listed in 19 company stacks and 16 developer stacks.

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What is F#?

F# is a mature, open source, cross-platform, functional-first programming language. It empowers users and organizations to tackle complex computing problems with simple, maintainable and robust code.

What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.
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    Decisions about F# and Markdown
    Yshay Yaacobi
    Yshay Yaacobi
    Software Engineer | 27 upvotes 294.6K views
    atSolutoSoluto
    Docker Swarm
    Docker Swarm
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Go
    Go
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    C#
    C#
    F#
    F#
    .NET
    .NET

    Our first experience with .NET core was when we developed our OSS feature management platform - Tweek (https://github.com/soluto/tweek). We wanted to create a solution that is able to run anywhere (super important for OSS), has excellent performance characteristics and can fit in a multi-container architecture. We decided to implement our rule engine processor in F# , our main service was implemented in C# and other components were built using JavaScript / TypeScript and Go.

    Visual Studio Code worked really well for us as well, it worked well with all our polyglot services and the .Net core integration had great cross-platform developer experience (to be fair, F# was a bit trickier) - actually, each of our team members used a different OS (Ubuntu, macos, windows). Our production deployment ran for a time on Docker Swarm until we've decided to adopt Kubernetes with almost seamless migration process.

    After our positive experience of running .Net core workloads in containers and developing Tweek's .Net services on non-windows machines, C# had gained back some of its popularity (originally lost to Node.js), and other teams have been using it for developing microservices, k8s sidecars (like https://github.com/Soluto/airbag), cli tools, serverless functions and other projects...

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    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    Docker
    Docker
    C#
    C#
    F#
    F#
    .NET
    .NET

    I've used .NET for many years, but only in recent years, after Microsoft introduced .NET Core, I've found a new love and excitement for the technology again. The main driver for us using .NET Core is not that it is cross platform compatible, open source or blazingly fast (which it is!), but the fact that we can use (what we consider) the best programming languages (mainly F# and C#) to carry out our jobs without sacrificing the other benefits.

    Today we run most of our web infrastructure on .NET Core in Docker containers, deployed into a Kubernetes cluster which spans across multiple time zones in the Google Cloud and we couldn't be happier. Due to the portability of the .NET Core platform we are even able to develop many new services as serverless functions with F# which has become an absolute game changer.

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    Yashu Mittal
    Yashu Mittal
    Founder & CEO at CodeCarrot | 1 upvotes 8.3K views
    atCodeCarrotCodeCarrot
    Markdown
    Markdown
    Ruby
    Ruby
    Jekyll
    Jekyll

    Jekyll is an open source static site generator (SSG) with a Ruby at its core which transform your plain text into static websites and blogs.

    It is simple means no more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install鈥攋ust your content. As said earlier SSG uses Markdown, Liquid, HTML & CSS go in and come out ready for deployment. Lastly it's blog-aware permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

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    Johnny Bell
    Johnny Bell
    Senior Software Engineer at StackShare | 13 upvotes 234.7K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    styled-components
    styled-components
    Emotion
    Emotion
    Glamorous
    Glamorous
    Showdown
    Showdown
    Ruby
    Ruby
    GraphQL
    GraphQL
    React
    React
    Markdown
    Markdown
    #Frontend
    #CssInJs
    #StackDecisionsLaunch

    For Stack Decisions I needed to add Markdown in the decision composer to give our users access to some general styling when writing their decisions. We used React & GraphQL on the #Frontend and Ruby & GraphQL on the backend.

    Instead of using Showdown or another tool, We decided to parse the Markdown on the backend so we had more control over what we wanted to render in Markdown because we didn't want to enable all Markdown options, we also wanted to limit any malicious code or images to be embedded into the decisions and Markdown was a fairly large to import into our component so it was going to add a lot of kilobytes that we didn't need.

    We also needed to style how the markdown looked, we are currently using Glamorous so I used that but we are planning to update this to Emotion at some stage as it has a fairly easy upgrade path rather than switching over to styled-components or one of the other cssInJs alternatives.

    Also we used React-Mentions for tagging tools and topics in the decisions. Typing @ will let you tag a tool, and typing # will allow you to tag a topic.

    The Markdown options that we chose to support are tags: a, code, u, b, em, pre, ul, ol, li.

    If there are anymore tags you'd love to see added in the composer leave me a comment below and we will look into adding them.

    #StackDecisionsLaunch

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    Jerome Dalbert
    Jerome Dalbert
    Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare | 5 upvotes 11.3K views
    atStackShareStackShare
    Rails
    Rails
    Ruby
    Ruby
    Markdown
    Markdown
    #StackDecisionsLaunch

    I needed to make stack decisions accept a subset of Markdown, similarly to sites like Reddit or Stack Overflow.

    I used the redcarpet Ruby gem for parsing, and Rails' sanitize helper made it very easy to only allow certain tags: links, bold, italics, lists, code blocks, paragraphs.

    Problem solved! #StackDecisionsLaunch

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    Markdown
    Markdown
    Docker
    Docker
    JSON
    JSON
    TypeScript
    TypeScript
    Atom
    Atom
    Visual Studio Code
    Visual Studio Code
    Angular 2
    Angular 2
    #Typescript
    #Java
    #HTML
    #Sass

    More than year ago I was looking for the best editor of Angular 2 application and I've tried Visual Studio Code and Atom. Atom had performance issues that put me off completely to use it again. Visual Studio Code became my main editor #Typescript files (and partly editor of #Java files). I'm happy with Visual Studio Code and I've never look back on Atom. There wasn't any reason to try Atom again, because Visual Studio Code fulfills my requirements very well. I use it for editing of TypeScript, #HTML, #Sass, JSON, Docker and Markdown.

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    How developers use F# and Markdown
    Avatar of StackShare
    StackShare uses MarkdownMarkdown

    We鈥檙e using Markdown parsers for Reviews, Blog Posts, and Stack Description (the text you鈥檙e reading right now). We鈥檙e using Bootstrap Markdown for content input (except for reviews) and RedCarpet for rendering in certain places.

    Avatar of Wing Tang Wong
    Wing Tang Wong uses MarkdownMarkdown

    Markdown represents a highly portable and lightweight text formatting. I had converted all of my Wordpress posts to Markdown prior to migrating over to Jekyll and eventually to Hugo. The fact that many generators support Markdown means that my content remains portable regardless of the platform/engine I use.

    Avatar of Volkan 脰z莽elik
    Volkan 脰z莽elik uses MarkdownMarkdown

    What you see is not what you get, never it is.

    Documentation is better in Markdown format. You don鈥檛 need anything special to read it.

    It is compact, portable, comparable.

    Markdown is my text file format of choice.

    Avatar of Jeff Flynn
    Jeff Flynn uses MarkdownMarkdown

    Because it is almost an effortless markup language without ever having to write an HTML tag. Of course, you'll want to use it in environments that make it look pretty (GitHub, etc.)

    Avatar of Roger Salomonsson
    Roger Salomonsson uses MarkdownMarkdown

    Using StackEdit to edit markdown files for blog roll and about sections. MD files are stored in Google Drive and pushed to GH pages through StackEdit.

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    Tuomas Hietanen uses F#F#

    Backend programming language.

    Avatar of Tuomas Hietanen
    Tuomas Hietanen uses F#F#

    Programming language

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