[Haskell-cafe] Re: Recommended Haskell Books

Luke Palmer lrpalmer at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 02:38:48 EDT 2008

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 4:12 AM, Benjamin L. Russell <DekuDekuplex at yahoo.com
> wrote:

> On Sun, 10 Aug 2008 11:29:46 -0700, "Warren Aldred" <warren at live.com>
> wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >
> >I'm new to Haskell and looking for recommendations on introductory Haskell
> >books.  Online or offline.  Any suggestions?
> Another suggestion is _The Haskell Road to Logic, Maths, and
> Programming,_ by Kees Doets and Jan van Eijck (see
> http://fldit-www.cs.uni-dortmund.de/~peter/PS07/HR.pdf<http://fldit-www.cs.uni-dortmund.de/%7Epeter/PS07/HR.pdf>).
>  This book
> assumes very little mathematical background, is written in a "literate
> programming" style, and is very easy to follow.
> In general, I would recommend focusing on the books, and not too much
> on most of the tutorials.  Some other readers have said that many
> Haskell tutorials try to cover too many topics in too short a
> tutorial, and wind up not discussing the material adequately.  Haskell
> has a very sharp learning curve, and it is essential to cover the
> basics adequately before diving into deeper material.

Depending, of course, on your learning style.  I was never very good at the
"dependency-driven" learning style; I have found it easier for me to learn
what I'm interested in. If I don't have the background to understand it yet,
then I'll half-understand it.  And gradually everything starts coming
together.  To each his own, YMMV, et cetera.

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