The Reasoned Schemer

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Overview

The goal of The Reasoned Schemer is to help the functional programmer think logically and the logic programmer think functionally.
The authors of The Reasoned Schemer believe that logic programming is a natural extension of functional programming, and they demonstrate this by extending the functional language Scheme with logical constructs -- thereby combining the benefits of both styles. The extension encapsulates most of the ideas in the logic programming language Prolog. The pedagogical method of The
Reasoned Schemer
is a series of questions and answers, which proceed with the characteristic humor that marked The Little Schemer and
The Seasoned Schmer. Familiarity with a functional language or with the first eight chapters of The Little Schemer is assumed.
Adding logic capabilities required the introduction of new forms. The authors' goal is to show to what extent writing logic programs is the same as writing functional programs using these forms. In this way, the reader of The Reasoned
Schemer
will come to understand how simple logic programming is and how easy it is to define functions that behave like relations.

The MIT Press

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"Contrary to popular belief, logic programming doesn't always mean programming in Prolog. In this groundbreaking book, Friedman and Kiselyov extend Scheme to form a completely new kind of logic programming system, one which is in many ways even more elegant than Prolog. Written in the same classic question-and-answer format as the authors' previous book The Little Schemer, The Reasoned Schemer covers goals, first-class relations, interleaved and non-interleaved backtracking, the relationship between relational and functional programming, and much more. Reading this book will not only cause your geek rating to skyrocket and impress all the Cool Kids, it will also open your eyes to a paradigm of programming which most programmers are completely unaware of, but which will undoubtedly play a significant role in the programming systems of the future.

More importantly, though, this book is great fun to read and will make you a better programmer."— Michael Vanier, Caltech

Michael Vanier

Contrary to popular belief, logic programming doesn't always mean programming in Prolog. In this groundbreaking book, Friedman and Kiselyov extend
Scheme to form a completely new kind of logic programming system, one which is in many ways even more elegant than Prolog. Written in the same classic question-and-answer format as the authors' previous book The Little
Schemer
, The Reasoned Schemer covers goals, first-class relations, interleaved and non-interleaved backtracking, the relationship between relational and functional programming, and much more. Reading this book will not only cause your geek rating to skyrocket and impress all the Cool Kids, it will also open your eyes to a paradigm of programming which most programmers are completely unaware of, but which will undoubtedly play a significant role in the programming systems of the future. More importantly, though, this book is great fun to read and will make you a better programmer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262562140
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 436,791
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University and is the author of many books published by the MIT Press, including The Little
Schemer
(fourth edition, 1995), The Seasoned Schemer
(1995), A Little Java, A Few Patterns (1997), each of these coauthored with Matthias Felleisen, and The Reasoned Schemer
(2005), coauthored with William E. Byrd and Oleg Kiselyov.

William E. Byrd is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Indiana
University.

Oleg Kiselyov is a computer scientist from Monterey, California.

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Table of Contents

1 Playthings 2
2 Teaching old toys new tricks 16
3 Seeing old friends in new ways 26
4 Members only 46
5 Double your fun 60
6 The fun never ends ... 76
7 A bit too much 86
8 Just a bit more 108
9 Under the hood 130
10 Thin ice 144
Connecting the wires 158
Welcome to the club 162
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