Microsoft’s F# 5 nears feature completion

Microsoft’s F# 5 nears feature completion

Upgrade to Microsoft’s functional .NET programming language adds string interpolation in latest preview.

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Microsoft has nearly completed feature work for F# 5, a planned upgrade to the open source functional language for .NET. The latest preview adds string interpolation.

A highly requested feature, interpolated strings in F# are fairly similar to those in C# or JavaScript, letting developers write “holes” inside of string literals. F# interpolated strings also allow for typed interpolation, similar to the sprint function, to enforce that an expression inside of an interpolated context conforms to a particular type.

Microsoft revealed it had reached feature completion on August 27, with the exception of what the company described as one minor enhancement planned for the .NET 5 release candidate. F# 5 is slated to reach general availability alongside the .NET 5 software development platform in November. At this point, Microsoft will focus mostly on bug fixes and addressing feedback.

F# 5 can be accessed by installing the NET 5 preview SDK or through NET and Jupyter Notebooks.

In other recent developments in F# 5, support is now complete for nameof, which resolves the symbol it is being used for and produces a name that represents what it is called in F# source. This can be useful in scenarios such as logging, with logging protected against changes in source code.

Furthermore, open type declarations are featured in the preview, similar to open static classes in C# except with differences in syntax and slightly different behaviour to conform to F# semantics.

With open type declarations, developers can open any type to expose its static contents. They also can open F#-defined unions and records to expose contents. This can be useful if a union is defined in a module and developers want to access its cases but not open the entire module.

Other developments include computation expressions, allowing developers to improve the expressiveness of components, have been enhanced to allow for application forms. With this preview, interfaces can be implemented at generic instantiations.

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