One of the things I've been remiss in doing is advertising the existence of some key F# templates for use with Visual Studio.
First, if you have Visual Studio 2010, you can access many of these templates simply by going "New Project --> Online Templates --> ..." and looking for F# templates. You can also peruse and search the fell set of online templates on Visual Studio Gallery, and rate and comment on existing tempaltes. We're looking forward to seeing many 5-star rated F# templates there over time 🙂
Here are some of the F# templates currently on Visual Studio Gallery:
An F# Parsed Language Starter Template, for getting started with fslex/fsyacc, from the F# Power Pack (by Jomo Fisher)
A very simple F# WPF Application (no XAML)
An F# OData Web Service Template (by Jomo Fisher)
F# templates are also available for F# worker roles in Windows Azure as part of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio. You have to create a C# cloud application and add an F# worker role. You can find some older examples of F# worker roles here, or just posrt some C# samples.
In addition, Daniel Mohl has developed 5 fabulous templates, he's working on getting them up on Visual Studio Gallery.
If you have your own templates or projects-that-could-be-turned-into-templates, here are the steps to make and publish a template to the Visual Studio Gallery, making it really easy to access by the whole community:
- Download and install the Export Template Wizard
- Create a project that looks like the template you want to publish
- Select File\Export Template
- Upload your template to code gallery here.