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Microsoft Announces Power Fx, An Open Source Low-Code Language

Microsoft team introduces a new language, Power Fx, based on Excel Formulas, which proves to be easier for their existing consumer base – business users. Mostly, devs and users prefer low-code or no-code tools because they can support a wide range of scenarios. The tools allow an escape hatch to the users. Even so, they cannot consider every use case of every company, and this is an obvious limitation. Programming languages have been around for a long time now. Nevertheless, it’s only until recently that some of them became open source.

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To explain the motive behind this, the CVP of Power Platform Charles Lamanna says “That’s been an ongoing trend. And what’s interesting is: that’s all for pro devs and coders. If we go back and look at the low-code/no-code space, there actually are programming languages, like the Excel programming language, or in every low-code/no-code platform has its own programming language. But those aren’t open, those aren’t portable, and those are community-driven.”

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Power Fx aims to start making appearances in Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, etc, and soon plans implementations on all other low-code platforms. A team led by Vijay Mital, Robin Abraham, Shon Katzenberger and Darryl Rubin developed the language that runs and behaves like Excel (or REPL). The formulas recalculate as the code is updated. The language takes inspiration from tools/languages like Pascal, Mathematica, and Miranda.

By launching Power Fx as an open-source language, Microsoft team hopes that others will use it for the similar kinds of use cases as well. The language will help low-code and sophisticated users to build both simple tools and complex applications. Lamanna further explains how users behave on an average. At first the user gets familiar with the software and the basic tools. But the person eventually move on to understanding the advanced capabilities and becoming professionals. He expects the same to happen with Power Fx soon.

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