Haskell Programming From First Principles

Haskell Programming From First Principles I Am Writing This Book Because I Had A Hard Time Learning Haskell.It Doesn T Have To Be That Way I Ve Spent The Last Couple Years Actively Teaching Haskell Online And In Person Along The Way, I Started Keeping Notes On Exercises And Methods Of Teaching Specific Concepts And Techniques In Haskell That Eventually Turned Into My Guide For Learning Haskell That Experience Led Me To Work On This Book.If You Are New To Programming Entirely, Haskell Is A Great First Language You May Have Noticed The Trend Of Functional Programming In Imperative Language Books And Tutorials And Learning Haskell Gets Right To The Heart Of What Functional Programming Is Languages Such As Java Are Gradually Adopting Functional Concepts, But Most Such Languages Were Not Designed To Be Functional Languages, After All We Would Not Encourage You To Learn Haskell As An Only Language, But Because Haskell Is A Pure Functional Language, It Is A Fertile Environment For Mastering Functional Programming Techniques That Way Of Thinking And Problem Solving Is Useful, No Matter What Other Languages You Might Know Or Learn.Haskell Is Not A Difficult Language To Use Quite The Opposite I M Now Able To Tackle Problems That I Couldn T Have Tackled When I Was Primarily A Clojure, Common Lisp, Or Python User Haskell Is Difficult To Teach Effectively. My relationship with the Haskell programming language, my efforts to learn it had its ups and downs throughout the years According to my memory and the archives of my blog, my first attempts had been around 2005 2006, than 12 years ago Back then, apart from a few books written by university professors, and some Wiki based books, I couldn t find much high quality material for beginners Therefore, my efforts didn t last very long A few years later, I heard the news about a new book, Real World Haskell being written I was excited once again, I even made a few comments here and there as the book was being written Unfortunately, life happened, and I couldn t spend much time on that nice book, too Fast forward to the end of 2015, and I was working at a company in Ghent, Belgium where there were some Haskell experts, trying out things in an industrial storage system development environment The teams that I was part of had nothing to do with Haskell though, my daily job was almost always about Python, Bash, ActionScript, Java, and some Scala Nevertheless, being in such an environment rekindled my curiosity, and I decided to look around to see if there was some new Haskell books targeted at people who didn t use this language before Luckily, I ve heard about the book Haskell Programming from First Principles , and I decided to give it a try Therefore I
I m not finished working through this book yet, but it really is phenomenal The authors fuse theory and practicality in a way I don t think I ve seen done so effectively in any other instructional text A lot of the beauty of this book comes from Haskell itself, syntax reflects conceptual structure, complex ideas follow naturally from simpler ideas, thoughtful approaches make intricate problems much linear, etc The thing is, that other educational Haskell texts manage to complicate and confuse despite the fact that Haskell is so well designed to be taught, because they don t look to the language for guidance on how it should be taught, whereas the authors here really try to do exactly what the title says, teach from first pr
Although it covers Haskell and FP in good detail, reading almost every chapter feels quite unsatisfying The author deliberately does not go into depth or explanation of certain concepts, not showing where the bottom of those concepts are and leaves it for later Which they scratch the surface of next time. and then next time and so on It constantly makes me feel like I still don t have the full picture FP is a complicated topic indeed, but reading this book feels like you re being spoon fed a bit too much Some trivial things are explained to every single detail, whereas some complicated ones a
This book is the greatest programming book I have ever read, and I ve read a lot of them This book is an excellent guide to learning Haskell It is intuitive, describes the language incredibly well, and really teaches you the language I ve never before been captivated l
This book is an amazing work Its 1300 some pages walk the reader from entering simple expressions into the REPL through all the big concepts that make Haskell scary There are plenty of examples, lots of code to read and try on your own, and plenty of discussion sometimes multiple approaches to a single topic It is exhaustive, approachable and seems quite free of errors.So, you ask why only 4 stars Well, although it is a brilliant book, this is a warning that it may not be the book for you As a metonymic example, explanations of Monads are a trope on the internet Many people feel, once their own understanding is clear, that they, better than the hundreds that have gone before, can explain the concept clearly The truth is simply that different people just achieve understanding differently.Similarly, as is evidenced by the tens of readers that have loved this book, it might well be your path to understanding Haskell If that is your goal, the sheer am
If you are interested on Haskell or in the functional programming paradigm, this is a must read book. This book is a labyrinth presented as a learning path It has multiple dead ends and frustrating skims over material that made me rage quit The authors do not expect the reader to understand everything the first time read the book They do not expect you to finish every exercise they state this much from the outset The authors, though, do not state WHICH things they do not expect you to understand the first time or WHICH exercises you won t be able to complete Sure, that will vary from reader to reader, but if you don t heed this warning, you will waste too much time spinning out over trivial bits.My recommendation is this if you don t understand something by the end of the chapter, Google it You might end up ahead of the game sometimes, but you may find another explanation that may better suit your learning style.Don t sweat needing a break here and there I took seve
Not all the way done yet, but neither is this book The five stars are to encourage others to give it a try, and to let the authors know my appreciation Already over 1,000 pages, this book is full of examples and exercises than you could ever need to understand Haskell It s extremely comprehensive and excellent I ve read and tried to read a few other books on Haskell, but this one does the best job by far of making the material accessible to someone who hasn t already done a Ph.D in some obscure su
As a first draft, it s very impressive the quality of explanation is high, and except for the current latest chapter about datatype, I wouldn t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, even those unfamiliar with the craft of programming.Now, I want to read everything else Great, thorough book with excellent exercises Lots of hands on stuff and great explanations Even when reading about stuff I knew, a lot of gaps were filled in It leaves the learner able to write real world programs and not just algorithms and small demo programs.