- Paperback: 714 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596514980
- ISBN-13: 978-0596514983
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bryan O'Sullivan is an Irish hacker and writer who likes distributed systems, open source software, and programming languages. He was a member of the initial design team for the Jini network service architecture (subsequently open sourced as Apache River). He has made significant contributions to, and written a book about, the popular Mercurial revision control system. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and sons. Whenever he can, he runs off to climb rocks.
John Goerzen is an American hacker and author. He has written a number of real-world Haskell libraries and applications, including the HDBC database interface, the ConfigFile configuration file interface, a podcast downloader, and various other libraries relating to networks, parsing, logging, and POSIX code. John has been a developer for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system project for over 10 years and maintains numerous Haskell libraries and code for Debian. He also served as President of Software in the Public Interest, Inc., the legal parent organization of Debian. John lives in rural Kansas with his wife and son, where he enjoys photography and geocaching.
Don Stewart is an Australian hacker based in Portland, Oregon. Don has been involved in a diverse range of Haskell projects, including practical libraries, such as Data.ByteString and Data.Binary, as well as applying the Haskell philosophy to real-world applications including compilers, linkers, text editors, network servers, and systems software. His recent work has focused on optimizing Haskell for high-performance scenarios, using techniques from term rewriting.
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The biggest complaint people have is that it tends to introduce concepts without really ever mentioning why something is being done. On one hand I agree with that assessment, however I also think that the book was marketed somewhat improperly. I would not call this book a good book for a beginner or your average intermediate programmer. At the very least I would say this book is better suited for experienced programmers or intermediate programmers with a passion for learning about languages.
That said, of the Functional Programming books I own, this is one of the best and most practical. It does not require a doctorate in Denotational Semantics to understand and it does not burn the first half of the book on typed/untyped lambda calculi (not that these things aren't important).
In short, if you want to get down to business working with a functional language, you have some experience with programming and are comfortable with a few errors then this book is for you.
BTW the book is free online, but I like having my dead-tree copy.
I think the audience for this book would be people already proficient in at least one other programming language, who want to expand their mind a bit.