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Date: 2000-11-10 (18:37)
From: Francisco Reyes <fran@r...>
Subject: Re: practical functional programming books
On Mon, 6 Nov 2000 16:21:19 -0800, Hao-yang Wang wrote:

>Did you imply that math is not practical? :-)

Nope, but I do think that for the average  "business/database"
programmer math doesn't do all that much. Specially if working
with an SQL database AND you are not doing DBA work.

>The Functional Approach to Programming is my favorite book on ML! And 
>Chapter 8 Syntactic Analysis is my favorite chapter.

Haven't got to that chapter yet.

>However, as its title says, this is a book about programming, and it is not a language 

I noticed. :-(

>Maybe we need a introductory book that (1) starts with examples in text 
>processing and other "symbolic" stuffs, which nicely shows off caml's 
>strong points in practical applications;

That would be great, although I don't know what kind of market
there is for it. After all how many people have even heard of
Ocaml or even ML? compared to other languages probably a few
small percentage. The main reason this is important is because
that is exactly what publishers look at.

>using camllex/camlyacc instead of writing our own parsers, etc.).

Haven't got to that point yet either.

>result will be a practical book that sells lots of copies and promotes 
>o'caml to lots of new fans,

Don't know if it would sell lots of copies, but it would surely
make learning the language much easier.

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