The Haskell School of Expression

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The Haskell School of Expression:
Learning Functional Programming through Multimedia

by Paul Hudak, Yale University

Cambridge University Press, New York, 2000

416 pp./15 line diagrams/75 exercises
Paperback $29.95, ISBN: 0521644089
Hardback $74.95, ISBN: 0521643384


This book teaches functional programming as a way of thinking and problem solving, using Haskell, the most popular purely functional language. Rather than using the conventional mathematical examples commonly found in other programming language textbooks, the author draws examples from multimedia applications, including graphics, animation, and computer music, thus rewarding the reader with working programs for inherently more interesting applications. Aimed at both beginning and advanced programmers, this tutorial begins with a gentle introduction to functional programming and moves rapidly on to more advanced topics. An underlying theme is the design and implementation of domain specific languages, using three examples: FAL (a Functional Animation Language), IRL (an Imperative Robot Language), and MDL (a Music Description Language).  Details about programming in Haskell are presented in boxes throughout the text so they can be easily referred to and found quickly. 

Author contact information:

Paul Hudak
Phone: 203-432-1997