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Introduction to Functional Programming

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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 data ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published by Prentice Hall (first published January 1st 1998)
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Matthew Chan
Apr 20, 2015 Matthew Chan rated it it was amazing
Bird and Wadler (1st ed.) is one of two classic introductions to computer science, the other being SICP.

That said, SICP is a comprehensive overview of the essence of computer science narrated using Scheme and functional programming, while Bird and Wadler is a tutorial in functional abstractions and type-directed programming through Miranda, a precursor to Haskell. Both are must reads for anyone who wants to learn to program *the right way*, and they complement each other nicely.

Read the first e
Jan 11, 2015 Cristian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I highly recommend the book to anybody looking for a solid base of functional programming theory. The book can be dense at parts, and it is packed with information. The author touches on a wide variety of topics, from the basics about data types, to λ-calculus, domain theory, program derivation, functional data structures, time analysis, folds... the list is extensive. The focus is mainly on the theoretical side, being many of the exercises proofs.

The four instead of five stars is because, unfor
Jim Powers
Dec 30, 2012 Jim Powers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was a great book for learning Haskell. Lots of rigorous proofs and great discussion of things like strictness and bottom values. What was great about the treatment was that each new concept was introduced with little fanfare. In the popular literature about Haskell a lot of (digital) ink is spilled over Monads, but really they're no big deal conceptually. On the other hand the implications of Monadic computations are far-reaching. The point this book makes is that progressing throug ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Karl rated it really liked it
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Comprehensive, readable, and demanding. Language-agnostic to the extent that most code can be easily translated to most modern functional programming languages. However, the use of explicit partial computations and lazy evaluation makes it harder to follow examples, and complicates the program cost model and proofs by structural induction. As a strong point, the technique of program specification and derivation by inverse functions is elegantly described, easily mechanized, and of lasting value.
Peteris Erins
While set up as an introductory book to languages of the Haskell family, the book actually has a fair share of theory which modern tutorials of Haskell lack. It presents a simple model of evaluation, discusses efficiency (e.g., foldl vs foldr) and is rich in examples of equational reasoning through derivation of functions from their specifications.
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