[racket] Offtopic: Favorite resources for mastering SML?

From: Geoffrey S. Knauth (geoff at knauth.org)
Date: Thu Jul 4 11:05:53 EDT 2013

There's a new OCaml book out:


Real World OCaml
Functional programming for the masses
By Jason Hickey, Anil Madhavapeddy, Yaron Minsky
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 2013
Pages: 450


On Jul 4, 2013, at 10:57, Matthias Felleisen <matthias at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:

> You should have skipped SML for Working Programmers. 
> The Little MLer is an introduction to the idea of typed
> programming not an introduction to SML. But at least it
> avoids the basic mistakes of 'Working'. 
> Harper's book is definitive. Once you're thru, you are
> done. 
> Start over with OCaml then. It's maintained, has a large
> user community, and a ton of resources. The switch won't
> be difficult. 
> On Jul 4, 2013, at 10:36 AM, Grant Rettke wrote:
>> Hi,
>> One of my current projects is to master as functional and statically
>> typed programming language. Having discussed and debated it years ago
>> (partially on list here, too) the conclusion was reached that SML
>> would be a nicer place to start than Haskell or Clean. Fifteen years
>> after its release, there seems to be a lot of knowledge but not a ton
>> of resources exactly. There are a lot of dead links and books out of
>> print (working off the SML/NJ resource list). I'm wondering of ACM's
>> digital library is a good place to start.
>> Last week I worked through _ML for the Working Programmers_ which was
>> great but didn't get into the details in a way that I would have
>> expected (went from 10mph to 100mph instead). Up next is _The Little
>> MLer_ and Harpers _Programming in Standard ML_.
>> This list's members have a breadth and depth far beyond most, so I'm
>> wondering if I could get your help here and learn about your favorite
>> learning SML resources.
>> Best wishes,
>> -- 
>> Grant Rettke | ACM, AMA, COG, IEEE
>> grettke at acm.org | http://www.wisdomandwonder.com/
>> “Wisdom begins in wonder.” --Socrates
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