Re: Functional Programming?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg92102] Re: Functional Programming?*From*: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>*Date*: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 04:58:03 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: Stanford University*References*: <gapfao$o57$1@smc.vnet.net>

Thanks much for all the following pointers. ================================= In article <gapfao$o57$1 at smc.vnet.net>, bertmayo <bertmayo at earthlink.net> 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 > http://book.realworldhaskell.org/ > 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 www.haskell.org > > For scientific programming see "OCaml for Scientists" by Jan Harrop, > which can be ordered from > http://www.ffconsultancy.com/products/index.html > > 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