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Re: Functional Programming?

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  • Subject: [mg92102] Re: Functional Programming?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 04:58:03 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <gapfao$o57$>

Thanks much for all the following pointers.

In article <gapfao$o57$1 at>,
 bertmayo <bertmayo at> wrote:

> John Gray's book "Mastering Mathematica" has a a chapter on functional
> programming in Mathematica.
> For more on fp techniques in the context of longer programs see
> where there is a preliminary copy of a book, "Real World Haskell" to
> be published soon by O'Reilly.
> Many tutorials and books are to be found at
> For scientific programming see "OCaml for Scientists" by Jan Harrop,
> which can be ordered from
> Also at your local bookstore is Harrop's book, "F# for Scientists".
> (I saw a copy at Borders yesterday)  F# is Microsoft's adaptation of
> the ML family of functional programming languages.
> And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the bible of computer
> science, Abelson and Sussman, "Structure and Interpretation of
> Computer Programs" from the MIT press. This book is to computers what
> the Feynman Lectures are to physics, and anybody who programs should
> read it three or four times in their lives.  This book is written in
> the context of the functional programming language Scheme, a dialect
> of Lisp.  Free downloadable videos of the corresponding course are
> available from the MIT web site.  I just watched them this year.
> BTW, I have been programming for 45 years, so being an old guy
> shouldn't stop you. It just means that the world offers so many new
> and intreresting things to learn about as we go along.  For example I
> am learning that the structure of haskell has a number of tie-ins with
> abstract mathematics such as category theory, and this is rather what
> I naively imagined computer programming would be like before I took my
> first computer course in 1963.
>   --Bert Mayo

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