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The Haskell School of Expression

The Haskell School of Expression
Learning Functional Programming through Multimedia


  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521644082

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  • Functional programming is a style of programming that emphasizes the use of functions (in contrast to object-oriented programming, which emphasizes the use of objects). It has become popular in recent years because of its simplicity, conciseness, and clarity. This book teaches functional programming as a way of thinking and problem solving, using Haskell, the most popular purely functional language. Rather than using the conventional (boring) mathematical examples commonly found in other programming language textbooks, the author uses examples drawn from multimedia applications, including graphics, animation, and computer music, thus rewarding the reader with working programs for inherently more interesting applications. Aimed at both beginning and advanced programmers, this tutorial begins with a gentle introduction to functional programming and moves rapidly on to more advanced topics. Details about progamming in Haskell are presented in boxes throughout the text so they can be easily found and referred to.

    • Emphasis is on thinking and problem solving in the functional style, boxes contain details of programming style
    • Examples are drawn from multimedia applications: graphics, animation, and computer music
    • Author is one of the designers of the Haskell language
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    '… a rather unusual and very interesting book for the functional programming community. The author's style is wonderful, and he is good at explaining the material … unique in the field of functional programming'. M. Ivanovi´c, Artificial Intelligence

    '… a novel and intuitively appealing approach to teaching functional programming … could profitably be used for an advanced undergraduate course focusing on domain-specific languages in this area.' Journal of Functional Programming

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521644082
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 75 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Problem solving, programming and calculation
    2. A module of shapes: part I
    3. Simple graphics
    4. Shapes II: drawing shapes
    5. Polymorphic and higher-order functions
    6. Shapes III: perimeters of shapes
    7. Trees
    8. A module of regions
    9. More about higher-order functions
    10. Drawing regions
    11. Proof by induction
    12. Qualified types
    13. A module of simple animations
    14. Programming with streams
    15. A module of reactive animations
    16. Communicating with the outside world
    17. Rendering reactive animations
    18. Higher-order types
    19. An imperative robot language
    20. Functional music composition
    21. Algebraic properties of multimedia
    22. Interpreting functional music
    23. A tour of the prelude list module
    24. A Tour of Haskell's standard type classes.

  • Author

    Paul Hudak, Yale University, Connecticut

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