Visual F# Includes Windows Phone 8.1 in Portable Library Support
Version 3.1.2 of the Microsoft F# derivation has expanded portable library support and enables the Publish option in Web and Azure projects.
The Microsoft Visual F# team blogged about a point release of F# that "packages the latest updates to the F# compiler, interactive, runtime, and Visual Studio integration." Visual F# 3.1.2 comes shortly after an out-of-band 3.1.1 release in January that added support for Desktop and Web Express.
The 3.1.2 point release adds a handful of new and useful features, including expanded portable library support. This comes in the form of F# project templates that support Profile 78 and Profile 259 portable profiles, both of which support Windows Phone 8.1. The result is that F# portable libraries can be added to Windows Phone 8.1 projects directly.
One other significant change noted in the blog has to do with workflow. Specifically, this version of Visual F# supports non-locking #r references while working with Visual F# interactive in a quick-iteration development. Assembly references are enabled by default and developers are apt to encounter errors because, when a developer adds a #r assembly reference, it locks that assembly on disk. All it takes to configure it as a non-locking assembly reference is to enable it with the shadowcopyreferences+ switch.
Other updates include the ability to publish F# Web and Microsoft Azure projects directly from Visual Studio, and some minor language tweaks: improved Unix compatibility with the ability to use shebang directives in F# scripts (not to be confused with William Hung compatibility), support for high-dimensional slicing in compiled code, and support for spaces in active pattern case identifiers.
Visual F# 3.1.2 can be downloaded here.
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