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  • Emphasises software engineering principles.
  • Encourages a disciplined approach to building reusable libraries of software components.
  • Case studies are used throughout the book to introduce new ideas, illustrate important concepts, and demonstrate how existing techniques work together. Case studies include:
    • An interactive calculator programme.
    • A coding and decoding system.
    • A small queue simulation package.
  • Companion website contains supporting material (such as visualisation tools and a substantial number of web links) to aid further study.
  • Appendices contain information on Hugs errors.


  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 240X170
  • Pages: 608
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-88295-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-88295-7

Introducing functional programming in the Haskell language, this book is written for students and programmers with little or no experience.  It emphasises the process of crafting programmes, problem solving and avoiding common programming pitfalls.

Covering basic functional programming, through abstraction to larger scale programming, students are lead step by step through the basics, before being introduced to more advanced topics.

This edition includes new material on testing and domain-specific languages and a variety of new examples and case studies, including simple games. Existing material has been expanded and re-ordered, so that some concepts – such as simple data types and input/output – are presented at an earlier stage.


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Table of Contents


1 Introducing functional programming

1.1 Computers and modelling

1.2 What is a function?

1.3 Pictures and functions

1.4 Types

1.5 The Haskell programming language

1.6 Expressions and evaluation

1.7 Definitions

1.8 Function definitions

1.9 Types and functional programming

1.10 Calculation and evaluation

1.11 The essence of Haskell programming

1.12 Domain-specific languages

1.13 Two models of Pictures

1.14 Tests, properties and proofs

2 Getting started with Haskell and GHCi

2.1 A first Haskell program

2.2 Using Haskell in practice

2.3 Using GHCi

2.4 The standard prelude and the Haskell libraries

2.5 Modules

2.6 A second example: Pictures

2.7 Errors and error messages

3 Basic types and definitions

3.1 The Booleans: Bool

3.2 The integers: Integer and Int

3.3 Overloading

3.4 Guards

3.5 Characters and strings

3.6 Floating-point numbers: Float

3.7 Syntax

4 Designing and writing programs

4.1 Where do I start? Designing a program in Haskell

4.2 Solving a problem in steps: local definitions

4.3 Defining types for ourselves: enumerated types

4.4 Recursion

4.5 Primitive recursion in practice

4.6 Extended exercise: pictures

4.7 General forms of recursion

4.8 Program testing 

5 Data types, tuples and lists

5.1 Introducing tuples and lists

5.2 Tuple types

5.3 Introducing algebraic types

5.4 Our approach to lists

5.5 Lists in Haskell

5.6 List comprehensions

5.7 A library database

6 Programming with lists

6.1 Generic functions: polymorphism

6.2 Haskell list functions in the Prelude

6.3 Finding your way around the Haskell libraries

6.4 The Picture example: implementation

6.5 Extended exercise: alternative implementations of pictures

6.6 Extended exercise: positioned pictures

6.7 Extended exercise: supermarket billing

6.8 Extended exercise: cards and card games

7 Defining functions over lists

7.1 Pattern matching revisited

7.2 Lists and list patterns

7.3 Primitive recursion over lists

7.4 Finding primitive recursive definitions

7.5 General recursions over lists

7.6 Example: text processing

8 Playing the game: I/O in Haskell

8.1 Rock - Paper - Scissors: strategies

8.2 Why is I/O an issue?

8.3 The basics of input/output

8.4 The do notation

8.5 Loops and recursion

8.6 Rock - Paper - Scissors: playing the game

9 Reasoning about programs

9.1 Understanding definitions

9.2 Testing and proof

9.3 Definedness, termination and finiteness

9.4 A little logic

9.6 Further examples of proofs by induction

9.7 Generalizing the proof goal

10 Generalization: patterns of computation

10.1 Patterns of computation over lists

10.2 Higher-order functions: functions as arguments

10.3 Folding and primitive recursion

10.4 Generalizing: splitting up lists

10.5 Case studies revisited

11 Higher-order functions

11.1 Operators: function composition and application

11.2 Expressions for functions: lambda abstractions

11.3 Partial application

11.4 Under the hood: curried functions

11.5 Defining higher-order functions

11.6 Verification and general functions

12 Developing higher-order programs

12.1 Revisiting the Picture example

12.2 Functions as data: strategy combinators

12.3 Functions as data: recognising regular expressions

12.4 Case studies: functions as data

12.5 Example: creating an index

12.6 Development in practice


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