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An Introduction to Functional Programming Through Lambda Calculus [Paperback]

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July 21 2011 Dover Books on Mathematics
Functional programming is rooted in lambda calculus, which constitutes the world's smallest programming language. This well-respected text offers an accessible introduction to functional programming concepts and techniques for students of mathematics and computer science. The treatment is as nontechnical as possible, and it assumes no prior knowledge of mathematics or functional programming. Cogent examples illuminate the central ideas, and numerous exercises appear throughout the text, offering reinforcement of key concepts. All problems feature complete solutions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to lambda calculus May 29 2014
By James
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Good resource for those studying functional programming and wanting to understand the theory behind it. This book does a great job of building up the concepts in small, digestible pieces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlest Possible introduction to Lambda Calculus March 17 2009
By wooks - Published on Amazon.com
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Very easy to understand. Has the added bonus of solutions to all the questions. Unlike Hankins book you really can teach yourself Lambda Calculus with this. If you see a copy available grab it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for understanding lambda calculus March 23 2012
By Norman Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the first half of this book on lambda calculus to be really helpful. The explanations and problems (solutions provided) made it easy to follow. As the book progresses, the author slowly transforms lambda calculus notation into something resembling ML. At first I was less interested in the "introduction to functional programming" part than the "through lambda calculus" part, so I didn't get as much value from the later chapters initially. Later, when I was learning SML, the value of the latter chapters came through. However, even if your only goal is the same as mine was, to gain an understanding of lambda calculus, I still highly recommend this book. It's the best introduction I've found so far
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to functional programming. Nov. 5 2012
By frabber - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very nice read about lambda calculus and FP programming concepts. The only complaint I have is that the added handling
of checking for type mismatches clutters the treatment somewhat in explaining the rest of the concepts. But overall this is a good introduction that still stands strong after this many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too cool Nov. 3 2013
By Troioi - Published on Amazon.com
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It's so simple and down to earth to understand what's functional programming. A must read for who have no knowledge about it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lambda Calculus made easy April 21 2013
By Ezio da Fonseca - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has a very concise and clear explanation on Lambda Calculus, and the exercises with answers cover the charpter well.
I think, everybody who intends to learn Functional Programming would read this book, first.
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