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Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming (International computer science series) Paperback – 16 Sep 1996


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (16 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201403579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201403572
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,655,371 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

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Named in honor of Haskell Curry, whose work has had a profound influence on functional programming, the Haskell language is growing rapidly in popularity - especially as a vehicle to teach introductory programming concepts. This book introduces Haskell at a level appropriate for those with little or no prior experience of functional programming. The emphasis throughout is on crafting programs, solving problems and avoiding common pitfalls.

In three parts the book

  • first builds a foundation, focusing on programming basic types and lists, using first-order, non-polymorphic programs
  • then looks at the three ideas of higher-order functions, polymorphism and type classes, which together give modern functional programming its distinctive flavour and power
  • finally discusses larger-scale programming, supported by an exploration of user-defined types, modules, lazy evaluation and IO programming using monads.

Key Features
  • An analysis of program behavior and efficiency
  • A strong emphasis on software engineering and problem-solving techniques
  • An optional thread on proving that programs have the properties required of them which runs through the text
  • Software modification and re-use are emphasised in the discussion of design issues
  • Design advice is supplemented with examples and case studies of varying size and complexity
  • Appendices contain support material of various kinds - pointers to sites from which implementations of Haskell and Gofer can be obtained; common error messages; a glossary of programming terms; functions from parts of the Haskell standard preludes
  • Over 400 exercises of varying difficulty
Haskell systems
  • The text is designed to be used with any Haskell implementation, such as Hugs (Haskell Users Gofer System) whose interface and error messages are described in some detail.

    Note that the Hugs system described is Hugs 1.01; the June 1996 Yale release of the system is similar, but implements the full Haskell module system rather than projects as stated in the text; full details of the small number of differences are given in the code files.

  • The material takes account of the latest revision to the language definition, Haskell 1.3
  • The text can also be used with the Gofer system.


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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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