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Functional Approach to Programming

ISBN-10: 0521576814
ISBN-13: 9780521576819
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $84.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/29/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

A programming course should concentrate as much as possible on a programs logical structure and design rather than simply show how to write code. The Functional Approach to Programming achieves this aim because logical concepts are evident and programs are transparent so can be written quickly and cleanly. In this book the authors emphasise the notions of function and function application which relate programming to familiar concepts from mathematics and logic. They introduce functional programming via examples but also explain what programs compute and how to reason about them. They show how the ideas can be implemented in the Caml language, a dialect of the ML family, and give examples of how complex programs from a variety of areas (such as arithmetic, tree algorithms, graph algorithms, text parsing and geometry) can be developed in close agreement with their specifications. Many exercises and examples are included throughout the book; solutions are also available.

Introduction
Basic Principles
Expressions
Data structures
Semantics
Imperative aspects
Applications
Exact arithmetic
Formal terms, filtering, and unification
Balanced trees
Graphs and problem resolution
Syntactic analysis
Geometry and designs
Implementation
Evaluation
Compilation
Types and typing
Help for Caml Light 0.6
How to Get Caml, MLgraph, and the examples
Bibliography
Index

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