ANNOUNCE: Draft TOC of Haskell in a Nutshell
Manuel M. T. Chakravarty
Tue, 09 Jan 2001 13:43:59 +1100
Brook Conner <email@example.com> wrote,
> You can find it in PDF form at
> http://nellardo.com/lang/haskell/hianTOC.pdf (it should have the fonts
> embedded - OReilly uses a couple of oddballs) and in ASCII text at
Makes sense to me. However, I would move IO further to the
front. For any "real life" programming, IO is essential
and, I think, it is bad for the image of Haskell to treat it
as something dirty that is relegated to end of every (at
least, many) introduction of Haskell.
I have just given an Introduction to Computing course using
Haskell and written a set of lecture notes, which introduce
a couple of concepts (including IO) differently than
commonly done. The whole stuff is at
Feel free to get inspiration from the material (except Weeks
8 - 10, which weren't given by me). You will find IO in
Week 5. Note that I haven't used the word monad a single
time. IMHO, monads are an advanced concept, IO is not.
It's like you can introduce recursion without discussing
stacks. If you understand stacks, you can gain a deeper
understanding of recursion, but if you hear about recursion
for the first time, the mention of stacks will only distract
the average student.
> The middle part is a bit different - a short "cookbook" of
> semi-practical programs addressing fairly common programming tasks -
> some of the kinds of things you'd typically do with Perl or C++. I think
> it needs more "recipes" of course, but I'd like to know if the general
> idea is working.
I think, that this is a good idea.