[Haskell-begin] Re: Book Suggestion

James Britt james.britt at gmail.com
Thu Jul 17 15:40:57 EDT 2008

Chad Wilson wrote:
 > Have any of you fellow n00bs ordered a book on Haskell?  Or are you
 > just using the haskell.org web site?  I think I need to get me a book
 > to keep as a reference.

I've a few.

Introduction to Functional Programming Systems Using Haskell
ISBN-10: 0521277248

Programming in Haskell
ISBN-10: 0521692695

The Haskell School of Expression: Learning Functional Programming 
through Multimedia
ISBN-10: 0521644089

I find the first to be about the best of the three.  I thought the The 
School of Expression did a poor job of explaining how to actually edit 
and run code; the layout and typography does not make it clear enough to 
me when something is meant as an abstract code snippet, and when it's 
code you could (or should) plausibly run.

I really liked "Write Yourself a Scheme in 48 Hours" if only because it 
shows how to edit and run actual code right for the start, and code that 
will read and write to and from the command line.  (Seems many tutorials 
and books spend forever explaining types and and other abstractions 
while not giving test code to run and poke and break and fix. )   I 
learn best when I have sample code I can experiment with; it makes the 
understanding and application of the abstractions easier to grasp and apply.


And from what I've read of Real World Haskell it looks like it should be 
quite good



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