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Microsoft wants to F# Visual Studio

There are quite a few F words that people use when talking about Microsoft, but the most recent buzz is all about F#, because Microsoft has announced F# support integration with Visual Studio.

There are quite a few F words that people use when talking about Microsoft, but the most recent buzz is all about F#, because Microsoft has announced F# support integration with Visual Studio. Check out the scoop on Ars Technica: "Microsoft to push functional programming into the mainstream with F#."

Here's a snippet from the article:

Microsoft has announced that support for the F# functional programming language will be fully integrated into Visual Studio. This marks a bold new commitment to facilitating functional programming on the .NET platform and could potentially help legitimize functional programming in enterprise environments. Microsoft's promotion of F# to a fully-supported language in Visual Studio is also indicative of the extreme versatility of the .NET platform and Microsoft's Common Language Runtime.

Do you think this is exciting news, or don't you give an F#?

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7 comments
Justin James
Justin James

I found this "announcement" odd (BTW, the *original* information is from Microsoft themselves, not Ars Technica), because it *already is* integrated into Visual Studio once you install it... indeed, it integrates much better than the more widely known IronPython!

Mark Boz
Mark Boz

If they add a G#, then you wiill have C#, F# and G#, the chords to "Smoke on the Water"...Fire in the sky... (errr.. thats California)

Tig2
Tig2

Is program for the MS platform, I guess there is something to this. If you care about a more universal model, not so much. I think that I am more interested in the appearance (to me, at least) that MS is beginning to look a bit desperate. They seem to be combining the "anything to make a buck" model with "look at me, look at me!". What I am not seeing is an embrace of what people really want in the computing experience. Edit-typo

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

There are many levels or modes of script interpreting.Script interpreting looks like it could be software writing but it isn't.Assembly commands like mouse moves and key strokes are used to make assembly modules--as seen in some of this VST construction software like SynthEdit.The modules are connected together with IO lines or connections and if it's logical it works.A game or animation would look like line by line writing in one script mode or elaborate graphs and plots in another.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

According to a recent news story by Ars Technica, "Microsoft has announced that support for the F# functional programming language will be fully integrated into Visual Studio." Do you think this is exciting news, or don't you give an F#?

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