Microsoft still gives an F#

Microsoft Research was founded in 1991 and is the company’s division dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering.

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The ‘group’ has this month increased its development efforts directed towards F#.

F# (the hashtag denoting sharp, obviously) is an open source cross-platform, functional-first programming language.

Where the F#?

F# runs on Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Windows, GPUs and browsers.

The language now stands to benefit from a second generation of tools specifically developed for software application development pros to use in conjunction with the Visual Studio IDE.

Visual F# Power Tools

“The goal of the extension is to complement the standard Visual Studio F# tooling by adding missing features, such as semantic highlighting, rename refactoring, find all references [capabilities], metadata-as-source [functionality] etc.,” said Anh-Dung Phan and Vasily Kirichenko — both of whom are F# community developers.

The pair also state that what’s particularly special about this project is that it’s a collective effort of the F# open source community.

They explain that they work alongside the Visual F# Team at Microsoft in order to provide a complete toolset for F# users in Visual Studio.

You can read more technical details on the .NET blog here.

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