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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (16 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201342758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201342758
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More details about the book can be found at http://www.ukc.ac.uk/computer_science/Haskell_craft/ and I can be mailed at S.J.Thompson@ukc.ac.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES / FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING / HASKELL
Haskell
The Craft of Functional Programming Second Edition
Simon Thompson
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.


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb 2001
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This book was recommended to accompany a university module in Haskell and functional programming which I was having a little difficulty with. Once I read the book, not only did the concepts become clear but I also started to really enjoy functional programming. For my circumstances, it was the perfect book.
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Reads well (the English/British author is much appreciated in a world dominated by Americanisms) and really facilitates you getting in and getting your hands dirty. The only drawback is that you need to read the whole book, in order, completing every exercise he sets which is quite demanding and frustrating at times. The upside of that though is that he's building on what you already (hopefully) understand.

Overall a good, if stodgy, guide to Haskell/functional programming in general.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 1997
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This is generally a good book. But it has very little explantion of recursion for an introductory cs book. Since Haskell uses recursion exclusively, this is a severe shortcoming. And other concepts like partial application, folding, etc., are covered too briefly as well. However, the programs in the book are very clear and good.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 1999
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A very good introductory text for Functional Programming, witch uses the Haskell notation. Maybe made for those who came from some experiense in imperative languages, such as C or Pascal. Good examples, maybe not enough case studies. Another good reference is "Bird"
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