Functional and object-oriented language for the .NET platform Maintained by:mono@FreeBSD.org Port Added: 10 May 2009 10:47:10 License: AL2
F# is an open-source, strongly typed, multi-paradigm programming
language encompassing functional, imperative and object-oriented
programming techniques. F# is most often used as a cross-platform CLI
F# is developed by The F# Software Foundation and Microsoft. An open
source, cross-platform edition of F# is available from the F# Software
Foundation. F# is also a fully supported language in Visual Studio.
Other tools supporting F# development include Mono, MonoDevelop,
F# originated as a variant of ML and has been influenced by OCaml, C#,
Python, Haskell, Scala and Erlang.
F# developed as a research programming language to provide the much
sought-after combination of type safety, succinctness, performance,
expressivity and scripting, with all the advantages of running on a
high-quality, well-supported modern runtime system. This combination
has been so successful that the language is now being transitioned
towards a fully supported language on the .NET platform.
F# was developed as a pragmatically-oriented variant of ML that shares a
core language with OCaml. Unlike other scripting languages it executes
at or near the speed of C# and C++, making use of the performance that
comes through strong typing. Unlike many type-inferred,
statically-typed languages it also supports many dynamic language
techniques, such as property discovery and reflection where needed. F#
includes extensions for working across languages and for object-oriented
programming, and it works seamlessly with other .NET programming
languages and tools.
Approved by: gabor (mentor)