A native functional ASP.NET Core web framework for F# developers. (by giraffe-fsharp)

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Giraffe reviews and mentions

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  • The combined power of F# and C#
    10 projects | | 7 Aug 2023
    Giraffe is another interesting one to explore:

    Giraffe is nice because it is itself built "just" as ASP.NET Core Middleware so it plays a bit more nicely than Suave with a mixed stack of C#-defined Middleware.

    It's more likely you accidentally fall back into just translating C# patterns to non-idiomatic F# with Giraffe, but it's also nicer when in that case of needing to live in both worlds and use a mixture of libraries built for C# ASP.NET projects.

  • ASP.NET Core updates in .NET 8 Preview 4 - .NET Blog
    4 projects | /r/programming | 17 May 2023
    There are also some F# frameworks built on top of ASP.NET core like
  • Is there any advantage to using F# instead of C#?
    3 projects | /r/dotnet | 12 Sep 2022
    If you have an interest in F#, I highly recommend diving in because (1) it has a ton of things you might learn to appreciate in C#; (2) it has things C# cannot have. I do like some of the suggestions people have made regarding mixing your code bases, but I'll also say that building, say, endpoint routing in Giraffe is (to repeat myself) easy, simple, and elegant.
    3 projects | /r/dotnet | 12 Sep 2022
    Yep! Like this comment says, you'll have to sprinkle some |> ignore here and there for your startup. We use Giraffe for defining our endpoints; I actively like the explicitness of it, and I think ASP.NET Core's Minimal API's are a step in a great direction.
  • Targeting Node, Bun and Deno With F#
    10 projects | | 13 Jul 2022
    Bix is a micro-framework designed with F# in mind and that runs on both Deno and Bun! and in theory it also should even run in a service worker! (intercepting fetch requests) although I haven't tested that yet, it offers a general purpose handler that coupled with a set of route definitions it can bring a Giraffe/Saturn like framework to life in JavaScript runtimes which is incredibly awesome! useful? maybe not 😅, but awesome indeed. Let's see some code for it
  • If you were to create a Web API today from scratch how would you do it ?
    7 projects | /r/dotnet | 2 Apr 2022
    Backend: Most likely it would be a toss between or They both combins the extremely good type system in F# combined with the ease of a minimal API.
  • Overriding JSON serializer in Giraffe
    2 projects | | 4 Jan 2022
    By default Giraffe, the framework which I use as a web server, uses Newtonsoft.Json to serialize results to JSON. However, for discriminated union, it generates quite a lot of JSON so I've switched to System.Text.Json which is built into newer versions of .Net Core. In combination with FSharp.SystemTextJson package allows serializing discriminated unions more gracefully. All we need is to decorate Branch type with JsonFSharpConverter(JsonUnionEncoding.BareFieldlessTags) attribute.
  • Introducing Giraffe.Htmx
    7 projects | | 26 Nov 2021
    Giraffe is a library that sits atop ASP.NET Core and allows developers to build web applications in a functional style; dotnet new giraffe is literally my starting point when I begin a new web application project. (Rather than write three more sentences filled with effusive praise, I’ll just leave it at that; it’s great.) It also provides a view engine (that builds upon Suave‘s “experimental” view engine) which uses an F# DSL to define HTML in a strongly-typed way. It has been incredibly efficient for a while, but with .NET’s work over the past two releases at improving performance, and Giraffe’s adoption of those techniques, it is lightning fast.
  • Show HN: F# web server in 3-4 lines of code
    8 projects | | 5 Nov 2021
    Wrapping ASP.NET Core to be easier and more idiomatic with F# seems to be a common domain. Out of curiosity, did you look at any existing projects? If so, what was lacking from them that made you decide to write WebFrame?


    8 projects | | 5 Nov 2021
    You don't have to use directly in F# - there's been a long-standing library wrapping it in a more functional aesthetic with Giraffe:

    Not to discourage you or anything - always good to see alternatives. Personally, for FP web programming, the closer to the "your server as a function" ideal the better - so I'd prefer Giraffe in this case, for things like the router being an HttpHandler instead of being a property on the app. It's just way more intuitive from an FP standpoint and produces neater, more self-contained code, IMO.

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giraffe-fsharp/Giraffe is an open source project licensed under Apache License 2.0 which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of Giraffe is F#.

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