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  • What on earth could convince someone writing a programming book for beginning programmers that having them type in examples they can't type in would be a good idea?

    I think I see your problem. Programming in Haskell is an academic text. It's written by a professor who is interested in approaching Haskell for students of mathematics. The target audience will understand the use of standard math symbols and their translations into ascii. That's one reason why it's so expensive yet so thin. It's not meant for "beginning programmers".

    For a more approachable introduction to Haskell, you should be looking at Real World Haskell. That book is geared towards a more typi

    • But why present code which the student can't type? (Even down to the Haskell interpreter prompt?) And the preface states that it's for computer science students at university level or anyone who just wants to learn Haskell. It's designed to be a tutorial and doesn't say that it's for math students.

      That being said, I need to check out "Real World Haskell". I've heard it's pretty good.

      • by kag (4257) on 2009.02.17 14:34 (#67459) Journal

        If it's written for an academic audience, it *might* be written with an assumption that most courses will have a lab set up with appropriate keyboards. (Or keyboard overlay and proper programming of one of the bucky keys.)

        Certainly, APL texts normally assumed access to an APL keyboard.

        • No, it's not for an academic audience. The back cover, the front page and the preface all make it clear that the book is for anyone who wants to learn Haskell.