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Introduction Functional Programming (Prentice-Hall Series in Computer Science) Paperback – 21 Apr 1998
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After the success of the first edition, Introduction to Functional Programming using Haskell has been thoroughly updated and revised to provide a complete grounding in the principles and techniques of programming with functions. The second edition uses the popular language Haskell to express functional programs. There are new chapters on program optimisation, abstract datatypes in a functional setting, and programming in a monadic style. There are complete new case studies, and many new exercises. As in the first edition, there is an emphasis on the fundamental techniques for reasoning about functional programs, and for deriving them systematically from their specifications. The book is self-contained, assuming no prior knowledge of programming and is suitable as an introductory undergraduate text for first- or second-year students.
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This book teaches you medium/advanced haskell (and functional programming in general). Do not buy it if you want to learn the language or f.p. from scrach. You must absolutely buy it if you've learnt the basics and which to move forward.
To counter one of the other reviews, Haskell is not pointless! Quirky, maybe, significantly different to imperative programming, certainly, but it gives you another way of looking at things. Can you write a one-line sorting algorithm in C?
Functional Programming is all about paradigm shift - just as there was from, say, Assembler to Fortran. Being able to specify programs more elegantly, as you can in Functional languages, makes for more readable, manageable code ~ cheaper to maintain.
Try it, you might like it!
(Also, I am a student at the department where Bird teaches, I can say that this book is essential for getting through problem sheets!)