I've harbored a secret desire to learn Haskell for a few years now. Simon Peyton-Jones is one of the key people behind Haskell. His web site at MSR has tons of papers, a tutorial on concurrent programming in Haskell, and a video lecture of A taste of Haskell. There's also a Simon Peyton-Jones podcast at SE-Radio.
What is Haskell
Haskell is a programming language that is
- purely functional
- higher order
- strongly typed
- general purpose
Why should I care?
Functional programming will make you think differently about programming
- Mainstream languages are all about state
- Functional programming is all about values
Whether or not you drink the Haskell Kool-Aid, you'll be a better programmer in whatever language you regularly use
I should read a Haskell book or two, and, in related functional goodness, I keep reading how great Practical Common Lisp is. I also need to fulfill my quest to finish SICP. I've read the first three chapters twice, doing the examples once in Scheme and again in OCAML. I've read chapter 4 on interpreters. I need to work through the examples in that chapter and take in the final fifth chapter.