BT

Your opinion matters! Please fill in the InfoQ Survey!

Microsoft Reiterates its Support of F#

| by Pierre-Luc Maheu Follow 2 Followers on Jul 11, 2017. Estimated reading time: 2 minutes |

A note to our readers: As per your request we have developed a set of features that allow you to reduce the noise, while not losing sight of anything that is important. Get email and web notifications by choosing the topics you are interested in.

Mads Torgersen and Philip Carter, respectively C# and F# program managers at Microsoft, published a post promoting the use of F#. The post is a follow-up to a presentation on F# at Build 2017. They talked about how Microsoft wants to remove obstacles to F# adoption and the F# improvements Visual Studio 2017 brings.

Torgersen starts by stating they want to adress thoughts people have about adopting F#. The two mains concerns they frequently hear are:

  • We’re not sure Microsoft is behind F#.
  • Tooling is not on par with C#.

Microsoft worked on addressing these points over the last year. One action was to publish Microsoft’s strategy for the .NET languages it sponsors, where F# is strongly endorsed:

We will enable and encourage strong community participation in F# by continuing to build the necessary infrastructure and tooling to complement community contributions. We will make F# the best-tooled functional language on the market, by improving the language and tooling experience, removing road blocks for contributions, and addressing pain points to narrow the experience gap with C# and VB. As new language features appear in C#, we will ensure that they also interoperate well with F#.

As for the second major hurdle for F# adoption, Microsoft worked on improvements released in Visual Studio Visual Studio 2017. The autocompletion is one improved area, where the IDE now suggests module to open while typing in a function name.

The rename refactoring is another new feature of Visual Studio 2017. Rename refactoring for F# is one of the concrete results from implementing the Roslyn workspace API in the F# compiler. The feature in visual studio is the same for both language, the workspace API abstracting the language inplementation details.

Carter outlines the work done by the F# community members, who are contributing to all areas of F# including the compiler. The F# community is also described as a pioneer for open source at Microsoft. For example, the F# compiler is open source since 2010 while the C# compiler is open source since 2015.

F# is well suited for some workloads such as the Cloud. This aligns well with where Microsoft is going in general, pushing towards the cloud. Torgersen also says they see a a lot of potential for growth. A lot of users would like to use F# if they could.

Documentation was also improved as part of the larger goal to facilitate F# adoption. Several getting started guides are available:

Rate this Article

Adoption Stage
Style

Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Tell us what you think

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

Links broken by Scott Hutchinson

Getting-started instead of get-started.

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Email me replies to any of my messages in this thread

1 Discuss

Login to InfoQ to interact with what matters most to you.


Recover your password...

Follow

Follow your favorite topics and editors

Quick overview of most important highlights in the industry and on the site.

Like

More signal, less noise

Build your own feed by choosing topics you want to read about and editors you want to hear from.

Notifications

Stay up-to-date

Set up your notifications and don't miss out on content that matters to you

BT