Purely Functional Data Structures Paperback – 12 Jan 2008
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"This book is important because it presents data structures from the point of view of functional languages...a handy reference for professional functional programmers...Most of the programs can easily be adapted to other functional languages. Even C and Java programmers should find implementing these data structures a relatively straightforward process...Programs are physically well structured and readable, and are displayed in boxes. Okasaki has produced a valuable book about functional programming, exploring a wide range of data structures...a significant contribution to the computer science literature." Computing Reviews
Most books on data structures assume an imperative language. However, their data structures do not translate well to functional languages. This book describes data structures and data structure design techniques from the point of view of functional languages. It is a reference for functional programmers and a text for self-study.See all Product description
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Very deep and highly recommended for the serious functional programmer.
But if you like learning new and explore more - then this book will surely open your eyes on functional programming.
It assumes that you already have some working knowledge of FP - so it won't serve you as a tutorial. But once you started doing some functional programming and want to creat larger apps, you would need to incorporate some data structures and this is the moment where you will find out that there is only one book on functional data structures... It is this one.
A quantitative background is almost a pre-requisite here, and fluency in elementary data structures mandatory. But there again this is this books audience.
It has no competition but a second edition would be great (and ditch the SML).
It is exceptionally well written and authoritative, but because my understanding of Haskell is scant I wouldn't be best placed to judge if it should go up a star to two.
Make sure to get through the exercises: these do hide plenty of insights not available otherwise. A key will not help here: some ideas are better delivered through first-hand experience, and there are no shortcuts.
The only downsides are that some good advice is buried deep in the book and not presented in an overview or executive summary, and the book uses SML rather than OCaml or F#. However, Markus Mottl has translated the code into OCaml.
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