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Haskell: The Craft of Functional Programming (International Computer Science Series) Paperback – 10 Mar 1999

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Product details

  • 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

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.

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. 0201342758AB04062001


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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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I get the feeling that Thompson was pre-occupied when he wrote this book. Concepts which would probably not have been covered by students with little or no programming experience have been glossed over, and at no point is the reader even remotely persuaded that this is a language worth learning. The mere fact that Thompson's book is the only one of its kind on the market does not necessarily make it worth buying. As a reference tool, The Craft of Functional Programming is severely lacking. But what a pretty cover it has...
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I hated the book more than I hated Haskell!

My first impression of the book was positive, the chapters looked organised and the language used looked very clear.

However, as the term went on I began using the book less and less as I felt alot of stuff in the book hadn't been explained very well.
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