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    Phoronix: Mono Picking Up F# Support For Linux, Mac OS X, Etc

    Last week Microsoft decided to open-source their F# programming language in the form of its compiler and their language's core libraries. Microsoft's F# was opened up under the Apache 2 license and following that release comes a MonoDevelop plug-in and an announcement from Miguel de Icaza that they will begin distributing F# in Mono...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODc3OQ

  • #2
    F#

    What the F#?

    sorry, i couldn't resist.

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    • #3
      A,B,C,C++,D,F#? What happened to E?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by curaga View Post
        A,B,C,C++,D,F#? What happened to E?
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_E

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        • #5
          yea.. F# = Fis C# = Cis... sorry iam musician ^^

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          • #6
            Originally posted by curaga View Post
            A,B,C,C++,D,F#? What happened to E?
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_programming_language
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F_programming_language
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_programming_language

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            • #7
              F# rocks big time. Also Apache 2 licensed code from Microsoft, wow!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                F# rocks big time. Also Apache 2 licensed code from Microsoft, wow!
                What's good about it? Seriously, I'm curious. From the little blurb I read somewhere it sounds like some sort of declarative systems language(!). Is that correct?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by liam View Post
                  What's good about it? Seriously, I'm curious. From the little blurb I read somewhere it sounds like some sort of declarative systems language(!). Is that correct?
                  It's a functional language, like Erlang, Haskell, Standard ML, OCaml, etc.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by smitty3268 View Post
                    It's a functional language, like Erlang, Haskell, Standard ML, OCaml, etc.
                    Actually, it's a multi-paradigm language that supports functional, object-oriented and imperative (ugh) programming. It is very similar to Ocaml but has simpler/more readable syntax.

                    What's good about it? Seriously, I'm curious. From the little blurb I read somewhere it sounds like some sort of declarative systems language(!). Is that correct?
                    Technically, it has several qualities that make it really powerful:
                    - static typing with extensive type inference.
                    - built-in support for asynchronous programming.
                    - built-in support for units-of-measure. If you define x(m) as position, t(sec) as time and v(m/sec) as velocity, the compiler will let you assign "x = v*t" but will raise an error if you try to do "x = t". This is all compile-time (no performance penalty).
                    - it can consume any Mono/.Net and Java(IKVM) library.
                    - it has first-class IDE and debugging support (MonoDevelop/Visual Studio).

                    Historically, functional languages have historically lived in their own, fragmented little worlds. This may be the first that actually stands a chance to become mainstream, which is quite exciting in itself. (I've actually seen job postings for F#, which I've never seen for Haskell, Lisp or *ML).

                    Finally, this is an open-source project implemented by Microsoft and shipped in Visual Studio. Note that Apache 2.0, section 3, grants an irrevocable patent license - could it be that the behemoth is slowly turning around?

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