Tuesday, October 20, 2009

F# October CTP first impressions

It's nice to be able to get rid of all those OverloadID attributes; and to see that attributes now do need to have the AttributeTargets.Constructor usage to be applied to constructors.

Not so good -- output from a post-build step no longer appears in the Visual Studio output tab (at least it didn't for me); and when running unit tests from such a post-build step, an F# method being called from a C# test with an final expression of unit caused nUnit to fail with no diagnostic message (would have needed a post-mortem debug). Workround was to replace () by ignore aValue where ignore _ = (); but I'm still not sure what was going on there.

The code generation (debug builds at least) has changed significantly, as I'm now getting a number of FxCop warnings from code that ran clean with the May CTP. More on that, later.

This funny behaviour -- from code that maps to C#

remains in the February 2010 CTP, but is resolved by code that looks like

Go figure!

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