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Date: 2003-01-24 (22:15)
From: Gleb N. Semenov <gleb@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Books on FP
Oliver Bandel wrote:
> Hello,
> I think about buying a book on FP-programming.
> Is there a book, which can be recommended?
> I know "The Craft of functional programming",
> but after a while (since jumping from some
> haskell-experiments to OCaml) have not read
> further in it.
> It's an interesting book, but too specific
> focussed on haskell.
> Are there more general books?
> But I'm not a studied computer scientist, so
> it's better if it is not too much specialized
> mathematics and theory. It should be an introductional

Due to specific approach, "more general book" in functional
programming commonly contains introduction to "lambda calculus" and
other "mathematics". IMHO if You really want to understand the FP,
this "mathematics" will be very helpfull.

> book, but on an interesting level, which is
> forcing the reader to explore practical problems.

May be, the one practical problem in FP is 
"how the calculation can be perform?" or 
"what the anatomy of algorithm?". Nothing else.
The rest--is syntax of particular language :).

> TIA,
>   Oliver

I can recommend the two books:

1. "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs", by Abelson,
    Sussman, and Sussman ("SICP", "Wizard book").
    One of the bibles in lisp/scheme world.

2. Field, A.J. and Harrison, P.G., 
   "Functional Programming", Addison-Wesley, 1988.
   Good theoretical introduction in functional programming.
   Available from amazon.com (or at local bookstores 
   which are selling used books).


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