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Elements of ML Programming, Ml97 Edition

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Written by a well-known computer science education and researcher. No previous knowledge of ML or functional programming is assumed. This is the first book that offers BOTH a highly accessible, step-by-step introductory tutorial on ML programming and a complete reference to, and explanation of, advanced features. The author uses a wide variety of digestible program exa ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Pearson (first published January 2nd 1994)
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Michael
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2011, computing
Best intro book on ML. Easily.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: computer, educational
If you must learn SML this is probably the best book out there on the subject.
David
I started off wondering why the heck should I be learning a language that ls little used outside of the academic when I learned that I had to study this for one of my 2nd year courses.

Then I fell in love with ML. It's a beautiful little language. The book is written in a fun yet clear style. It's a great introduction to functional programming, especially for those from a procedural programming background. Study this book for the concepts that it presents and explains, not just for the language.
Jon Gauthier
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Beginning FP'ers specifically interested in ML
If you are already acquainted with basic functional programming concepts, you won't find anything new here.
If you are looking for a good book with which to dive into FP, Learn You a Haskell (free online) teaches the same concepts (and more) in a readable and lively style.
If you want to learn ML specifically, it's a decent read, albeit slow and dry at points.
Colin Jones
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Clear and unassuming. Lots of code examples with line-by-line explanations that were a big help in trickier areas like type inference and the module system. So I concur with Fogus: great intro to ML.
Jeff
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Standard introduction to ML. Not great, but not terrible.
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