The F#.NET Journal just published an article about parsing binary file formats:
"Detailed vector descriptions of worldwide geographical data are freely available in the Shapefile format. This article describes how polygonal data can be parsed from the binary Shapefile format and visualized using Windows Presentation Foundation easily and efficiently using F#. The result is a simple program that draws a map of the world and can be used as the basis for a wide variety of Geographic Information System (GIS) applications from cartography to climatology..."
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