Seven Reasons to use the SAFE Stack
The SAFE Stack is an end-to-end, functional-first stack for cloud-ready web development that emphasizes type-safe programming. The SAFE stack allows you to develop web applications almost entirely in F#, without needing to compromise and shoehorn your codebase into an object-oriented framework or library, and without needing you to be an expert in CSS or HTML to create compelling, rich client-side web applications.
1. The best way to write web applications!
2. Take advantage of the existing web ecosystem
3. Cross platform
4. Fully supported by Microsoft
The SAFE Stack web server lives on top of ASP .NET Core - Microsoft's lightweight, high performance and reliable web server technology and F#. Both are core technologies in the .NET Core platform that Microsoft is committed to continue to invest in. Microsoft even run nightly tests against the SAFE Stack platform itself - giving us confidence that SAFE Stack will continue to run on the latest versions of .NET Core.
SAFE Stack was designed from the ground up to run on the cloud and take advantage of the new and exciting services and opportunties that it affords, whether it's Azure, Amazon or Google. For example, on the Azure side we have full support for automation technologies such as Azure's App Service, with Resource Manager templates and logging built-in. And if you're a fan of containers, we have you covered with ready-made support for Docker and Kubernetes.
The SAFE Stack project is not something that's been created by any individual or company. Instead, it's a natural evolution of a number of separate technologies and projects that SAFE brings together in a cohesive manner. The different elements of the core F# development stack, such as Saturn, Giraffe, Fable and Elmish are all open-source, free and community-led; all development and planning is done in the open with full community involvement and interaction.
7. Professionally supported
One of the reasons that the SAFE Stack initiative began was because people were already using the core technologies that formed SAFE - technologies such as Saturn, Giraffe and Fable. However, there were no companies offering professional support, which made it more difficult for some organisations to adopt SAFE. So in addition to the rich and growing documentation there are now a number of different organisations offering professional support services. For example, we at Compositional IT offer 1 and 2 day training courses and ongoing coaching, as well as support and development services.
How do I start using SAFE Stack today?
I want to create a "bare bones" application!
Install the SAFE Template to create your own SAFE applications (5 minutes).
I want to experience the full SAFE Stack development experience!
Try out our SAFE Dojo tutorial project and create a data mashup web application which integrates with third party data and UI controls (~2 hours).
Ok, I'm excited - I want to find out more!
Contact us to arrange a free consultation by phone or web or discuss how you can start to use the SAFE Stack in your organisation today - we're happy to answer any questions or demonstrate the SAFE Stack in more details!