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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Coherent Press (June 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957671105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957671102
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I think this is one of the best beginner-oriented books I have ever seen, for any language." - Damien Doligez, Projet Gallium, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt

"OCaml from the Very Beginning is a book I'd definitively recommend to anyone interested in learning functional programming" - Adam Petersen (Author, "Patterns in C")

About the Author

John Whitington founded a software company which uses OCaml extensively. He teaches functional programming to students of Computer Science at the University of Cambridge.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yaron Minsky on September 8, 2013
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This is a beautifully crafted introduction to OCaml. It is true to its title, in that it makes no assumptions about background, and as such is suitable for any intelligent undergraduate. Despite this, the book is concise and to the point, explaining the basic underpinnings of OCaml (and of functional programming) in an accessible way. The book is also thoughtfully typeset and laid out, with exercises and summaries interspersed, and layout used to illustrate complex ideas like type inference and evaluation of recursive functions.

All told, a wonderful book that is especially well suited to someone new to programming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caius Iulius on July 6, 2013
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Complete but simple to read. Very usefull book for early beginners of this language. It is perhaps the missing book on OCaml. OCaml OOP not enough covered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Hodes on November 4, 2013
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Excellent book for the intended scope. This will get you from zero knowledge regarding OCaml to enough to piece together simple programs and go on from there. Probably a good introduction to the language for beginners as well, but as someone who's used a number of (primarily dynamically-typed) languages extensively, this was an excellent, quick, concise (perhaps my favorite attribute of the book), introduction to the language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Who cares on August 9, 2013
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A very good and simple introduction to the basics of this amazing language. Short, easily digested chapters introduce each new concept. More advanced concepts are only briefly covered such as modules. Functors and OO are not covered. Having said that, this must be the easiest way of getting into the language or getting an introduction to the language. This book will prepare you to tackle the more comprehensive treatises such as "Real World OCaml: Functional programming for the masses" (also highly recommended) with ease.
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John Whitington is the author of one of the few complete PDF implementations, CamlPDF, which implements the PDF file format from the bit level up. After graduating from the University of Cambridge, he founded Coherent Graphics Ltd, developers of command line PDF tools for Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix, and the Proview PDF Editor for Mac OS X.

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