Graham Hutton, University of Nottingham
Cambridge University Press, 1st September 2016
Paperback: ISBN 978-1316626221; Kindle: ASIN B01JGMEA3U
318 pages, 120 exercises
A Japanese version was published in August 2019.
Haskell is a purely functional language that allows programmers to rapidly develop software that is clear, concise and correct. This book is based on the author's experience of teaching Haskell for more than twenty years. All concepts are explained from first principles and no programming experience is required, making the book accessible to a broad spectrum of readers.
Part I introduces the basic concepts of pure programming in Haskell and is structured around the core features of the language. Part II covers impure programming and a range of more advanced topics. The book contains many extended programming examples, and each chapter includes a series of exercises and suggestions for further reading.
This new edition has been extensively updated and expanded to include recent and more advanced features of Haskell, new examples and exercises, selected solutions, and freely downloadable lecture slides and example code. The presentation is clean and simple, while also being fully compliant with the latest version of the language, including recent changes concerning applicative, monadic, foldable and traversable types.
Graham Hutton is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.
He has taught Haskell to thousands of students and received many awards for
his teaching. Hutton has served as an editor of the Journal of Functional
Programming, Chair of the Haskell Symposium and the International Conference on
Functional Programming, Vice-Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on
Programming Languages, and he is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.
The table of contents, foreword, preface and first two chapters can be viewed here.
Part I. Basic Concepts:
2. First steps
3. Types and classes
4. Defining functions
5. List comprehensions
6. Recursive functions
7. Higher-order functions
8. Declaring types and classes
9. The countdown problem
Part II. Going Further:
10. Interactive programming
11. Unbeatable tic-tac-toe
12. Monads and more
13. Monadic parsing
14. Foldables and friends
15. Lazy evaluation
16. Reasoning about programs
17. Calculating compilers
Appendix A. Selected solutions
Appendix B. Standard prelude
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The presentation of each topic, the exercises, and the writing in general, are all superb.
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Clean writing, careful exposition, wonderful examples & valuable exercises.
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The best book to learn Haskell the right way.
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Absolutely sublime book that made me finally "get" Haskell.
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Supporting videos are available for a number of chapters:
There is also a video interview about the new edition of the book.
Lecture slides for chapters 1-10 and 15 are available in a
These slides may be used or modified for any educational or
training purpose provided the original author is acknowledged.
Haskell code for all the extended programming examples is available in a
Please contact the author
if you spot any further issues.