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Community-Driven Research: Why Are You Not Using Functional Languages?

by Dio Synodinos on  Oct 30, 2012

InfoQ's research initiative continues with an 11th question: "Why Are You Not Using Functional Languages?". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.

F# Type Providers – Why And How

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 25, 2012

Microsoft Research has published a white paper explaining how Type Providers makes F# useful for accessing and processing “internet scale” information sources.

Microsoft Delivers Visual Studio Express for the Windows Desktop and F#

by Jeff Martin on  Sep 13, 2012 1

Microsoft released two new editions of its free Visual Studio Express 2012 series that will target F# and traditional Windows desktop applications. This enables developers using C#, C++, F#, and Visual Basic .NET to take advantage of VS2012's improvements.

Introducing the New Features of F# 3.0

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jul 31, 2012 4

The upcoming release of .NET Framework 4.5 brings in several new features for F# 3.0 (F Sharp) language such as a new type attribute, triple-quoted string literals, auto-properties, and unused variable warnings in addition to the core features such as type providers and LINQ queries.

Talking WebSharper with Adam Granicz

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 12, 2012

The F#-based framework, WebSharper, was recently released as an open source project. We spoke with Adam Granicz, CEO of IntelliFactory about the transition and WebSharper’s F# to JavaScript compiler.

LINQ for F#

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 07, 2012 1

F# 3.0, included in the Visual Studio 11 beta, gains the ability to use LINQ expressions. Other features include support for Portable Libraries and auto-implemented properties.

Numerical Computing with F#

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 28, 2011 5

F# is emerging as a great choice for Numerical computing. Reasons? Functional design, libraries such as PowerPack, MathProvider and Math.NET and the interoperability of the .NET Framework.

F# 3.0 – LINQ + Type Providers = Information Rich Programming

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 20, 2011 2

Microsoft recently announced a developer preview release of F# 3.0 – new features include LINQ-support through Query expressions and a Type Provider System along with a set of built-in providers that allow succinct programming against a variety of data sources.

Why Microsoft Believes that VB and C# Need an Asynchronous Syntax

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 04, 2011 2

The new Async CPT for VB and C# looks like it may actually make it into the core language. But with all the emphasis on multi-core systems, why is Microsoft investing so heavily in syntax for designed specifically for making single-threaded asynchronous programming easier?

Follow-up: Razor with F# and Other Languages

by Jonathan Allen on  Jan 03, 2011

Last month Vladimir Kelman asked if it were possible to use F# with the new Razor view engine. After talking with Scott Guthrie and Marcin Dobosz we learned that it is possible, if you want to put in the effort to build all necessary plugins yourself.

MonoDevelop is the Third IDE for F#

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 27, 2010

MonoDevelop has become the third IDE to support Microsoft’s F# language. With .NET support essentially dead on the Eclipse IDE and WebMatrix being targeted for causal developers, it is likely to be the last IDE to add support for it in the foreseeable future.

A Mono Update

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 18, 2010

Last week Miguel de Icaza published a long post listing all the work the Mono team at Novell has been doing since the move to GitHub in July 2010. Much of the new work has been around language development and MonoDevelop improvements.

Orleans: An Object Framework for Cloud Computing From Microsoft Research

by James Vastbinder on  Dec 03, 2010 2

Earlier this week Microsoft Research published a paper outlining a framework for Cloud Computing codenamed Orleans. The framework is intended for cloud computing applications where a client such as a PC, smartphone or embedded device is employed.

Microsoft Open Sources F#

by Abel Avram on  Nov 05, 2010 8

Don Syme has announced the release of the F# compiler source code as a code drop under Apache 2.0

Windows Phone 7 has put the .NET Language Coevolution Promise in Doubt

by Jonathan Allen on  Sep 27, 2010 9

In 2009 Microsoft’s Lucas Bolognese announced a commitment to co-evolution for C# and Visual Basic. And the productization of F#, some have assumed it extends to that language as well. But by only offering C# in the initial release of WP7, this promise has been brought into doubt.

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