Running Q# and QDK on arm64 Mac

Due to a combination of issues, the current Microsoft.Quantum.Sdk (at the time of writing, version 0.25.222597) does not support arm64 Macs, which of course are the flagship Apple silicon processors from the M1 and M2 family.

Hopefully these issues get resolved soon, but until then, this post will chronicle the necessary workarounds to be able to write Q#/QDK code on arm64 Macs.

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Announcing TextMate grammar community project for Q#

I have recently started a new Q# community repo, aimed at bringing a holistic and structured approach for building up Q# TextMate grammar.

TextMate grammars are based on regular expressions from the Oniguruma regex engine and are a de-facto standard for syntax highlighting and tokenization for programming languages. Popular editors such as Visual Studio Code or Sublime Text base their syntax highlighting on such grammars.

At the moment, the Q# LSP extension ships with a very basic TextMate grammar only, focused on a handful of keywords and specially designated symbol names only. The goal with the new repository is to provide a well-rounded approach for Q# grammar, and fully fledged tokenization of the language, based on the necessary scoping rules. In addition to this, instead of manually composing the grammar JSON file, I would like to provide a robust grammar delivery pipeline, with a build pipeline, without the needing of escaping the expressions, with proper unit tests and with various output formats.

It is just the beginning but it already provides improved highlighting over the basic one that is currently shipping with the extension. You can find the repo in the Q# community organization and I would like to invite anyone interested in Q# to contribute!


Announcing my new Q# and quantum computing book

I am extremely happy to announce that on 7 May 2022, my new book, "Introduction to Quantum Computing with Q# and QDK" has been published by Springer, as part of the excellent Quantum Science and Technology series. From now on, you can also see the book in the sidebar of this website.

I am extremely proud of this moment – it is the result of almost 2 years of hard work and countless long nights.

The major goal behind writing this book was to deliver a book that balances academic rigour and its typical mathematical consistency with the pragmatism and hands-on approach that is so prevalent in the software development world. Because of that, all of the discussed theoretical aspects of quantum computing are accompanied by both algebraic explanation and the runnable Q# code. This way, the reader is equipped with two different angles — mathematical and programmatic — of looking at the same problem space.

It is my great hope that the book will be equally relevant to students of physics, as well as to technically versed enthusiasts, such as software developers or self-learners, with background in other STEM areas.

You can get the book at all major booksellers, though I would recommend to get it directly from the publisher, Springer. I hope you like it!


Running .NET 7 apps on WASI on arm64 Mac

WASI stands for WebAssembly System Interface, and allows to run WebAssembly code independently of the browsers, as it provides access to operating system features such as file system access or networking. It is highly experimental, but at the same time a tremendously interesting project, and one that has the potential of contributing to a massive paradigm-shift in the industry, making WebAssembly truly ubiquitous.

The great mad scientist of web things at Microsoft, Steve Sanderson, recently published the first version of an experiemental WASI SDK for .NET, which allows building .NET 7 and ASP.NET Core applications into standalone WASI compliant apps, and running them from WASI hosts. Steve's repo provides the easy to follow steps to get going on Windows and Linux, in this post I will walk through some additional hoops that one may need to jump on arm64 Macs.

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Using an existing Startup class with ASP.NET 6 minimal hosting model

With the .NET Core 2.1 having reached end of life, and the looming end of life dates for .NET 5 (this spring) and .NET Core 3.1 (this fall), a lot of developers are facing migrating their services to .NET 6.0. Depending on the customization level and the sheer scale of your service ecosystem this may be an easy or relatively complicated task – especially if you would like to additionally tap into the new lightweight hosting model around WebApplication type.

A very low-cost, easy approach to this is to take advantage of the fact that one can easily reuse an existing Startup class with the new hosting model too. This allows leaving most of the code intact, and performing only tiny refactorings around the host bootstrapping.

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Hello OmniSharp on .NET 6.0!

On December 15, 2021 we released version 1.38.0 of OmniSharp which, for the first time, included .NET 6.0 builds of the OmniSharp server. The related feature branch was maintained for over a year, and previously contained a .NET 5-based variant of OmniSharp, though that one was never released.

This is a big milestone in the OmniSharp project as the .NET 6.0 build is much faster and a lot more stable, and is the first step towards retiring the .NET Framework/Mono builds of OmniSharp.

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dotnet-script 1.3 is out with .NET 6.0 support

Last week we released version 1.3 of dotnet-script. The latest release introduces support for .NET 6.0 and C# 10 and is available, as usually, through Github releases and on Nuget. You will need to have at least the .NET SDK 6.0.100 installed.

The related language services in OmniSharp (e.g. C# extension for VS Code) have already been updated accordingly a while ago.

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