On the other hand functional programming is a complete new thing for me. I have always coded and developed solutions and applications using static languages like C#, C++, Java and VB.NET. Though lately C#, specially in C# 3.0 there have been lot of inclusion of functional programming. Recently I planned to learn F# which is a pure functional programming language developed by MS Research. I downloaded F# from the MS Research site (http://research.microsoft.com/fsharp/release.aspx) and the installation experience was all smooth.
Before sharing the installation experience here’re couple of links for functional programming and F# –
- Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F_Sharp_programming_language
- F# home at MS research – http://research.microsoft.com/fsharp/fsharp.aspx
I installed the Jan 23, 2008 release of F# (Version 188.8.131.52) from the following URL – http://research.microsoft.com/research/downloads/Details/7ac148a7-149b-4056-aa06-1e6754efd36f/Details.aspx
Clicking the Run button displays the welcome screen of the install wizard
Clicking the next button as usual displays the EULA page of the wizard.
After accepting the EULA, the select destination folder page of the wizard is shown. I kept the default which is C:\Program Files\FSharp-184.108.40.206\. The installation requires Admin Rights, so the UAC dialog is shown in Vista.
(Notes: This is not required for installing Python & Ruby).
Once the installation is complete the finish page of the wizard is shown.
Once the installation is done, it adds new menus is Start menu
Here’s the first program that i wrote in F# Interactive (FSI) console –