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The Haskell School of Expression: Learning Functional Programming Through Multimedia

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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 ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Cambridge University Press
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Jul 03, 2008 Robert rated it liked it
So far this book seems an excellent introduction to Haskell (the programming language), and to functional programming in general. The "multimedia" programming described in teh book—drawing simple shapes and interactive graphics—is not so exciting or useful, and I wonder whether some of these ideas would be better demonstrated in terms of one of the Haskell Open GL libraries. That said, I think his framework of thought around Multimedia conceived as time-varying Behaviors, interactive multimedia ...more
Dec 14, 2007 Salim rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-recommended
I only got a few pages into this book before the author took the definition of "abstract" wholesale from the dictionary. That's the cue to cut my losses. I do not need a glorified pull quote to tell me about non-technical vocabulary.

Up to that point, about fifteen pages past the introduction, things were going swimmingly: the author explained the relationship between Haskell [Brooks Curry, the mathematician] and the Curry School of Expression; the importance (value and place) of a pure-functiona
Ondrej Sykora
All in all, it's not a bad book about haskell, but I don't know who is the intended audience. If I had to sum it up, I'd say this is an introduction to programming for mathematicians - or at least for people who know what a monoid is.

The "multimedia" part is also a bit deceptive... Unless you consider moving ellipses and defining an algebra for composing music to be multimedia.

On the other hand, if you know what a monoid is and you enjoy the "algebra" part more than the "music", this is a nice b
Zach May
Mar 23, 2012 Zach May rated it really liked it
Wonderful introduction to Haskell, at least for me. Being interested in programming languages in general, I find the author's take on domain specific languages worth reading. I'm also interested in computer music, and the material on that was fun. The book is generally well-written and easy to understand, but I couldn't say for sure if someone with little CS background would agree. For my purposes, though, a fantastic introduction to a powerful, expressive language.
Feb 07, 2008 Eugene rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for learning functional programming with Haskell. The culmination of this book is Reactive Programming. However, the streaming technique is relatively old, requires a hack to evade space leak, and by now is considered a bad idea generally. Nowadays one uses arrow approach to reactive programming. Nonetheless, this book remains one of the best on learning Haskell and functional programming in general.
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Examples aren't very practical
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