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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (Jan. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521692695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521692694
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.2 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The best introduction to Haskell available. There are many paths towards becoming comfortable and competent with the language but I think studying this book is the quickest path. I urge readers of this magazine to recommend Programming in Haskell to anyone who has been thinking about learning the language.' Duncan Coutts, Monad Reader

'Two groups of people must consider this book. The first is professors interested in rapidly introducing students to fundamental concepts in functional programming. This book, supplemented with online resources and professorial guidance could easily serve as the textbook for a semester-long course on functional programming. The second group is programmers interested in surveying the functional paradigm as quickly as possible.' Journal of Functional Programming

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This introduction is ideal for beginners as it requires no previous programming experience and all concepts are explained from first principles via carefully chosen examples. Each chapter includes exercises that range from the straightforward to extended projects, plus suggestions for further reading on more advanced topics.

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By Ben J. Lush on June 10 2010
Format: Paperback
Extremely helpful for people like me who have no experience with functional programming and recursive programming. Goes in depth enough to understand how to implement the various functions in Haskell's library. Only thing I didn't like is they used a lot of characters in their program description that are not the actual characters you program with. Such as: They would use an actually arrow to write... Int (arrow) [Int] instead of the way it is actually coded... Int -> [Int]... Overall a great book, would recommend it to anyone desiring to learn Haskell.
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I'm not yet read this book. But just reading. But what I've read so far is just nice. I was jumping from one to another trying to find best book (and I'm new in Haskell but not in programming). Comparing to all another existing books for beginners (not including "Learn Haskell for great good" - because that one is good also). So, why I like this books so far - it just because it says how to use the language and its syntax without telling useless "bla-bla-bla" among the lines. Just concise like like it should.
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By Corey Auger on Nov. 5 2014
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Great introductory book. Chapters are small and to the point. Exercises are also very helpful.
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A great introduction to Haskell Feb. 15 2007
By brad - Published on Amazon.com
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Hutton's book is an excellent introduction for programmers approaching Haskell for the first time. Hutton keeps the focus on the core concepts of the language and avoids the advanced topics (of which there are many). The book is fairly light at 171 pages, but for an introductory text I consider this appropriate - a weighty tome might intimidate a reader who just wants a introductory overview. That said, if you are already an intermediate level Haskell hacker, you will likely not find anything of use in this text.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great Text! Feb. 19 2007
By William L. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Graham Hutton has written a wonderful introduction to functional programming in Haskell. I'm using it as part of an undergraduate level course on programming languages and I'm amazed at how fast my students have understood issues with which previous classes of mine have struggled. In my opinion, this is *the* best introductory text available on functional programming in any language. Thanks Graham!!!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Who's the audience? Aug. 26 2010
By Christopher Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a mathematician who decided Haskell would be a good language in which to perform my latest computing task, so I looked around for learning materials. After going through some web tutorials and starting into _Real World Haskell_, I decided that maybe I should try something more basic and systematic, so I read Hutton's book. I'm glad I did, and I think I understand Haskell much better now than I did before.

The form factor of this book is really odd, essentially that of a thick magazine, like _Wired_. It has huge outer margins, with the text compressed into the middle in tiny-looking 9-point type. Thankfully, the printing is crisp, so the text is fairly readable. Choosing to set the code samples in a proportional font seems like a curious choice, especially for Haskell, where spacing matters. For a computing book, the writing is very elegant, although the organization is somewhat less systematic than I was expecting.

The most questionable aspect of this book is its audience. Ostensibly, it is written for a first university course for students with "[n]o previous programming experience", but I'm not sure how good of a fit it would be, especially for a typical U.S. student. Concepts like pointers, parsers, stacks, and compilers seem to be mentioned with the idea that readers would already know what those are. The examples in the book are largely drawn from Hutton's professional publications in functional programming. To me, these were interesting, but it's not clear how much new students would appreciate them. Contrast that with the fact that mathematical induction is discussed at length as if the reader might be unaware of it, and on page 147 the reader is referred back to a previous derivation for justification of the FOIL formula from basic algebra! The selection of exercises seemed kind of sparse for a textbook.

_Programming in Haskell_ is a quick read, and (if you can afford it) is probably a good stepping stone on the way to being a good Haskell programmer.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Solid Start to Programming Haskell Feb. 2 2012
By Paul B. Monday - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a solid start to grasping Haskell. The first 7 chapters are good, detailed and informative with examples and exercises that are helpful and correct. In Chapter 8, the wheels sort of come off the book with text examples that don't work and extremely important information (Monads) that get glossed over with a sentence or two about purity. Unfortunately, when the detailed example in the chapters didn't work I wandered to the solutions that you can download from the site and realized that the part that was glossed over (Monads) are critical to getting the solutions to work. This sort of gap occurs in other places in the book (the Chapter 11 countdown program can't actually work without declaring "Show" instances, etc ...).

Nonetheless, rather than define the book for the gaps, I do feel like it is another solid intro to programming in Haskell but nowhere near enough to send a programmer on their way independently. Coupling the book with one of the other two texts is a good idea (Learn You a Haskell ... or the O'Reilly book).
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The 3 big books Nov. 1 2011
By Jeffrey Bolden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As of the time of this review there are 3 really good introduction to Haskell books. This one which is good for someone learning to program who want Haskell as their first language.

Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!: A Beginner's Guide (available for free online) which is designed to get a programmer unfamiliar off the ground.
Real World Haskell (available online free) which has become the "standard text".

Graham Hutton's book, along with Thompson's Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming (3rd Edition International Computer Science Series) are good for people starting off and I think that's why the reviews are so mixed. The books are too easy for most of the people who end up buying them. If you want to learn to program and want to do it Haskell -- which will teach you wonderful good habits -- this is a good choice. If you already know how to program try stepping up. The reviews are right that this book doesn't take you far enough.


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