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The Haskell School of Expression by Paul Hudak
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Dec 11, 08


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 as stream processing, etc., is very interesting. There is a really interesting paper by the author from 2003 called "An Algebraic Theory of Polymorphic Temporal Media " which elaborates on some of the multimedia ideas set out in this book, and might provide a good starting point for writing an actual DSL for multimedia art production. (my interest!)
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Robert ughh... but why would I want to learn Haskell!!!!


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