[Haskell-cafe] Good Haskell introduction for an Ocaml programmer?

Donald Bruce Stewart dons at cse.unsw.edu.au
Tue Dec 12 07:40:09 EST 2006

> Greetings, all.  I'm an experienced Ocaml programmer, looking to broaden 
> my horizons yet further and pick up Haskell, and I'm wondering if there's 
> a good introduction to Haskell for me.  I have Simon Thompson's "Haskell: 
> The Craft of Functional Programming", which isn't a bad book, but I'm 
> something of a special case.  I'm already familiar with and comfortable 
> with a lot of concepts which are new to your average C++/Java programmer- 
> things like symbolic computation and recursion as looping and applicative 
> data structures.  So churning through introductions to these concepts 
> looking for the rare nugget of new information is, well, kinda boring.  On 
> the other hand there are a lot of Haskell concepts I'm not comfortable 
> with, like monads.
> So I was wondering if there was a better introduction for me out there? 
> I'm willing to pay for a book or read something online, whichever.

All good things are findable from http://haskell.org :)

We've been working recently on a comparative OCaml/Haskell introductory
text, which might be helpful for some beginner issues, syntax, and a few
intermediate things like typeclasses:


it can be read side-by-side with the Introduction to OCaml, linked on
the same page. Otherwise, YAHT is a good start:


and there's some other good things on:

Feel free to drop  by #haskell, we've quite a few OCaml refugees there :)

-- Don

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