IS F# going to replace C#

One tool can not fit all needs.

  • Did Asp.Net MVC replace Asp.Net Forms ? No, both are used according to the project needs.
  • Did Vb.Net replace C# ? No, both provide almost same functionality and options but pull developers from both families. Vb and C.
  • Has WPF replaced, WinForms ? not yet, might in future.
  • Chris Smith’s on his Blog, says

    ” But just because you can write code in a new language doesn’t mean you should. So why use F#? Because being a functional language, F# makes writing some classes of programs much easier than its imperative cousins like C#. Parallel Programming and Language-Oriented Programming are two such domains that can be expressed easily in F#.

    If you’ve ever written a .NET application and found yourself fighting against the language to get your idea expressed, then perhaps F# is what you’ve been looking for.”

    F# is basically an functional language by its nature. The argument here could be more towards the style of programming rather than features a language may support.

    As per Eric Lipert answer to a similar topic ( my post was inpired to ) at stackoverflow, following things are to be considered before one thinks about using F# as the language of choice for a project.

  • F# cannot solve any problem C# could.
  • F# is a functional language, statically typed.
  • F# is a functional language that supports O-O-Programming
  • more information and references:

    Microsoft F# Developer Center
    F# at Microsoft Research

    And to:
    Learn F#
    download F#
    F# FEBRUARY 2010 RELEASE