The August 2010 CTP of Microsoft F# went live on the Download Center this week. The preview is available as an MSI for use with .NET and Visual Studio, and as a ZIP for use with other CLI implementations and platforms, including .NET Compact Framework on Xbox 360, and Mono on Mac, Linux and other platforms. If you already have F# in visual Studio Pro or above, you already are using this version and don’t need to update.

To download, see August 2010 release of the F# 2.0 free download MSI and ZIP. For details about installation and what’s new in the release, see Announcing the F# 2.0 Standalone Tools Update (for Visual Studio 2008/2010 Shell, .NET 2.0, 4.0, Mono and other CLI Implementations)

About F#

A type-safe, scalable language for the .NET platform that supports both functional and object-oriented programming.It ships with Visual Studio as one of the supported languages.

  • F# enables exciting new developer scenarios in Visual Studio (explorative bottom-up programming in the F# Interactive);
  • F# can leverage many/most of the powerful developer tools in Visual Studio (projects, debugging, editing, help integration, etc.) and .NET (produce and consume vanilla .NET APIs);
  • F# has unique strengths in key target domains and extends the .NET platform to these audiences;
  • F# scales smoothly from explorative to .NET component development (start with ideas and iteratively and smoothly add structure as methods, types and projects).

For more information about F#, see the F# Developer Center on MSDN. The site includes getting started videos.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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