Don Syme is an Australian computer scientist and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, U.K. He is the designer and architect of the F# programming language, described by a reporter as being regarded as "the most original new face in computer languages since Bjarne Stroustrup developed C++ in the early 1980s.".
Earlier, Syme created generics in the .NET Common Language Runtime, including the initial design of generics for the C# programming language, along with others including Andrew Kennedy and later Anders Hejlsberg. Kennedy, Syme and Dachuan Yu also formalized this widely used system.
- Syme, Don. "Interview with Don Syme", Simple Talk, 19 January 2010.
- Kennedy and Syme, http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=378797 "Design and implementation of generics for the .NET Common language runtime"
- Kennedy, Syme, Yu http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=964005 "Formalization of generics for the .NET common language runtime"
- Syme, Don et al. "Expert F# at Apress", Apress, November 2012.
- Syme, Don. "Don Syme at Microsoft Research", 19 January 2010.
- "Microsoft researcher Don Syme honored with Silver Medal from Royal Academy of Engineering".