Niche functional language in Visual Studio 2010{1}

by Carlos R
Although there are many languages available to use at our disposal when using Visual Studio 2010, there is one that stood out from the rest. The article I selected discusses about F#, a functional language that isn’t really well known, but is fully-supported in Visual Studio 2010. The author mentioned how it seemed really strange for Microsoft to back up such an unknown language when they already have a good list of supported languages in their software. The article states that F# is well-suited for the financial industry, and was developed by Don Syme at Microsoft Reasearch. Is says that F# is a variant of the other known language called ML. One of the major things to note about the language is the support for Language Integrated Query, and lambda expressions. He interviewed a friend of his in the article, and the friend said it’s a language that can go beyond financial analysis, and actually be ideal for web programming. Although Microsoft fully backed up the language in Visual Studio 2010, the author agrees that even Microsoft probably recognizes that it’s a niche because they themselves made no real effort in advertising the new language support when marketing Visual Studio 2010.

In class, we started going over the basics of how to use Visual Studio and Visual Basic. This article relates to class because it provides us with the knowledge of another known programming language available for our use if we ever decide to work with this program outside of this class. I like the fact that Microsoft simply decided to tack it on without any real issues or excuses as to why they didn’t include it.

Although the majority will never use F#, it’s like an added convenience from Microsoft to have that extra language support. If I do enjoy doing this project with Visual Basic and start playing around with it by myself, I might just try out this F# and see what it has to offer!


Merrill, Scott. (April 19, 2010). Microsoft supports niche F# language in Visual Studio 2010. In TechCrunch. Retrieved February 27 2012, from