Update to the F# 2.0 Free Tools Release, Corresponding to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (April 2011 CTP)

Update to the F# 2.0 Free Tools Release, Corresponding to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (April 2011 CTP)

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Today the F# team has released an update to the F# 2.0 Free Tools Release, last updated in August 2010.


This is a relatively small update to bring our free tools release into line with Visual Studio 2010 SP1, announced by Jason Zander here. Visual Studio 2010 SP1 included a relatively small number of fixes to the F# 2.0 Compiler and Library (see the Visual Studio Team description of SP1). 

Perhaps more importantly, this release includes the core F# support to enable F# 2.0 development for Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5 . Once you install Visual Studio 2010 SP1 (and, if using Silverlight 5, the Silverlight 5 Beta SDK and Visual Studio Tools), you can install the MSI release of the F# 2.0 Free Tools release to enable Silverlight 4.0 or 5.0 development with F# 2.0.


As before, this release allows.NET 4.0 development with the MSI and ZIP releases of F# 2.0. This continues the availability of free-for-use F# programming tools to .NET 4.0. In addition, with this release, the MSI installer can now be used to install F# in concert with the freely available Visual Studio 2010 Shell (integrated mode). This extends the existing support for Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 Shell from previous releases.


To use these tools for .NET 4.0 development with Visual Studio 2010 Shell on Windows, you can simply:

Other installation options are explained on the F# developer center, for example, the latest F# MSI and ZIP releases can install as a standalone compiler + libraries.


These releases can be used with any CLI implementation, including .NET (Windows) and Mono (Linux/Mac) (some installation notes here). We recommend users of F# on Mono/Linux/Mac update to this reease.


Additional notes:


  •  In this release, we have removed the source code that we previously included in our MSI/ZIP releases, because we now have the Open Source Code Drop of the F# 2.0 Compiler.

  • This release continues to include copies of FSharp.Core.dll for Windows Phone 7 and Compact Framework 2.0/3.5. These DLLs are also often copied & included in common templates for these platforms.

  • Note that the F# core DLL is no longer included in the Silverlight Visual Studio tools themselves, largely because it is simpler for the F# team to release them independently, and this gives us consistency with our approach to Windows Phone 7 and Compact Framework 2.0/3.5.




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  • Hello,

    I really like the Integrated Shell environment and standalone F# installation. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be possible to have Web project and as such, I'm force to have a full installation of VS2010 in order to be able to use great F# products like WebSharper.

    Is there any plans to have an F# Web Project in the foreseeable future?

    Thanks a million,


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  • Hi David, just a side-note: most WebSharper templates need the full VS2010 to run as they contain an ASP.NET project that hosts the WebSharper pieces.  You can get away to a limited extent using VS Shell with F# and VWD side-by-side, but this will need some manual hacking.  That said, the WebSharper HTML Application template can run on VS Shell + F#, if you happen to want to develop purely client-based applications.  If you need further help, drop an email to the WebSharper team and we would be glad to assist.

  • Any estimate on when the SP1 compiler source will be available? Or a FSharp PowerPack update?

    The F# team say: We're working on it, first we have a Visual Studio development deadline.

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