[MonoDevelop] GSoC 2010, F# language binding

lost lostfreeman at gmail.com
Mon Apr 5 09:18:12 EDT 2010

Thank you, Piotr!

> On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 06:10, lost <lostfreeman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> This year I've decided to take part in Google Summer of Code. I've
>> checked Mono's StudentProjects page and found a note about F# binding.
>> There was a suggestion to write to mailing list, mhutch or lluis specifically.
> First of all you should know that Vasili Glachin has spent a lot of
> time and effort working on an F# binding recently.
> You can find his code here: http://github.com/vasili/FSharpBinding/
> I'm pretty sure Vasili won't mind somebody helping out, but since a
> GSoC project should be a well defined and measurable unit of work,
> maybe you could work on a specific feature like code completion or the
> refactoring engine? Or both of them depending on how much work is
> involved. Micheal is probably the best person to talk about that.
> One project that would be extremely cool, in opinion of course, is
> getting Stetic to produce F# code for the UI. That would be first ever
> since even VS will not have a graphical designer for F#.

I've checked github, and found only 1 commit with project system
support only (did not tested it). I will probably use these code, but
currently it is almost ground level. So focusing on UI is impossible
as almost nothing works. I think I need to work on syntax highlighting
and completion support first.

>> Before writting an application I should be aware of the following:
>> Do you need your own compiler or using existing fsc from Microsoft is ok?
>> Can I use CodeDom library, provided with Microsoft F#?
>> These two questions are about licensing. I've also asked in F# forum (
>> http://cs.hubfs.net/forums/thread/13591.aspx ), but still have no
>> answer.
> I'm pretty sure using fsc should be OK, especially if Microsoft keep
> their promise of releasing it under Ms-PL. We should know that soon
> after they release VS2010.

It seems CodeDom from PowerPack is capable of compilation for ASP.NET only.

>> Can I write binding in F# itself, specifically, is it ok to have
>> reference to FSharp.Core and FSharp.PowerPack libraries from Microsoft
>> build?
> The less external dependencies the better. I would recommend getting
> as far as possible without using any external code.
> Of course if you decide to work on the source code completion or
> refactoring engine, using CodeDom probably be acceptable, especially
> if it is created as an optional feature of the binding.

I've found that PowerPack is published under MS-PL. So it is ok to be used?

P.S. It would be nice to hear a word from any mentors.

Best regards,
Milovanov Victor.

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