Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming (2nd Edition) Paperback – Mar 29 1999
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From the Back Cover
PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES / FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING / HASKELL
The Craft of Functional Programming Second Edition
The second edition of Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming is essential reading for beginners to functional programming and newcomers to the Haskell programming language. The emphasis is on the process of crafting programs and the text contains many examples and running case studies, as well as advice on program design, testing, problem solving and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Building on the strengths of the first edition, the book includes many new and improved features:
· Complete coverage of Haskell 98, the standard version of Haskell which will be stable and supported by implementations for years to come.
· An emphasis on software engineering principles, encouraging a disciplined approach to building reusable libraries of software components.
· Detailed coverage of the Hugs interpreter with an appendix covering other implementations.
· A running case study of pictures emphasizes the built-in functions which appear in the standard prelude and libraries. It is also used to give an early preview of some of the more complex language features, such as higher-order functions.
· List comprehensions and the standard functions over lists are covered before recursion.
· Early coverage of polymorphism supporting the `toolkit' approach and encouraging the reuse of built-in functions and types.
· Extensive reference material containing details of further reading in books, journals and on the World Wide Web.
· Accompanying Web Site supporting the book, containing all the program code, further teaching materials and other useful resources.
About the author
Simon Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent. His research and teaching interests include functional programming and logical aspects of computer science. Simon has written two other books: Miranda: The Craft of Functional Programming and Type Theory and Functional Programming.
About the Author
Simon Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Kent. His research and teaching interests include functional programming and logical aspects of computer science.
Top Customer Reviews
The good parts of this book are that it is extremely well organized. It includes many helpful exercises (which I highly recommend) and a very good introduction (the first ten or dozen chapters).
Later on in the book, however, I found increasing difficulty. The author picks up the pace of the material without, in my opinion, justification. By the end, he covers what, from reading several other books and many online articles, I consider the most confusing topic in a single chapter or two. Reading it several times, I'm still uncertain how to build an I/O intensive program in Haskell, and/or what a Monad truly is and/or how exception processing is properly handled.
That notwithstanding (because it seems to be a fairly common complaint of new Haskell students) I quite enjoyed the book. Before you buy it, though, you may wish to consider books from Paul Hudak (a Yale professor and nice guy) and Richard Bird, both of whom have written on Haskell; Paul actually taught a class which I avoided back in the early 90s - too bad, too, because then I wouldn't have to start from scratch so many years later.
It doesnt get to Monads until near the end, but perhaps that is a good thing. It depends on what you want out of a text.
I used this text for self study, and it is well suited to such a task.
Aggravating these flaws is the typography, which is not just ugly, but dysfunctional: The font used for the unnumbered section headers is not sufficiently distinguished from the text font, so it is impossible to skip over the examples to new material being discussed.
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