End of Summer Fun with FunSharp

With summer coming to an end it's not too early to start queuing up projects for the kids, young and old, for Thanksgiving and Winter break. :)

Phillip Trelford recently released a cool new library that is meant to help speed and simplify creating graphic apps and games. a library that is just trying to make it fun...

Introducing FunSharp

FunSharp is a new cross-platform open source graphics library, based on Small Basic’s library, with a typed API crafted for the sharp languages, F# and C#.

Drawing graphics is quick and easy:

GraphicsWindow.FillEllipse(10,10,300,300)

And when you ask FunSharp to draw graphics it will just go and open a window to view it for you:

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FunSharp provides similar functionality to Python’s PyGame, used for developing games, and Processing used for visual art.

You can call FunSharp immediately from the F# REPL or build full-blown applications using F# and C#.

It’s an ideal library for beginners or anyone who just wants  to get stuff on the screen quickly.

With this in mind FunSharp works seamlessly on Raspberry Pi, Linux and Windows.

Getting Started

If you haven’t already, you’ll need to install F# on your machine, follow these instructions:

  • Linux (for Raspbian follow the Debian instructions)
  • Windows (install Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio)

Get the FunSharp source from GitHub using Clone or Download Zip, then load the FunSharp solution into MonoDevelop or Visual Studio and starting playing with the samples.

Notes:

  • FunSharp is built on Mono’s cross platform graphics libraries Xwt and Gtk# libraries which must be referenced.
  • currently apps must run in 32-bit mode.

Turtles

FunSharp has a Turtle module, which can be used to make fun shapes:

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Games

FunSharp can be used to make games quickly and easily. I’ve ported several games written for Small Basic requiring only minor modifications:

Asteroids

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FunSharp

Fun cross-platform graphics library, based on Small Basic's library, made specifically for F# and C#.

Deployment

FunSharp runs on Raspbian, Linux and Windows.

Dependencies

FunSharp uses Mono's Xwt and Gtk# libraries. On Windows you will need to install Gtk# for .Net

Building

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