Informatics 1 - Functional Programming
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 1 Instructor
The course lecturer is professor Philip Wadler.
 2 Setup
The course consists of 20 lectures and 10 tutorials spread over the length of the first semester of the year (September–December). Each tutorial has its own set of exercises, and examination is by two programming tests.
 3 Students' background
The course is aimed primarily at students with no prior programming experience.
 4 Materials
 4.1 Textbook
The course textbook is Simon Thompson: Haskell, the Craft of Functional Programming.
 4.2 Editor
 4.3 Packages
Most exercises require students to verify their code using QuickCheck, where writing appropriate test properties is part of the challenge. In addition, some tutorial exercises use OpenGL graphics, and depend on the following packages:
 4.4 GHC Installation
For some brief notes on installing ghc on windows see Informatics 1 Windows Installation
 5 Support
There are several ways of getting help with your FP course (or with any aspect of the informatics 1 coursework). Some of these involve using IRC. If you have never used IRC before then take a look at CompSoc's IRC Tutorial.
The Informatics 1 channel is #inf1 on irc.imaginarynet.org.uk. Here you will find fellow 1st year students who are all doing the same work as you, along with a variety of higher students who will help you. The channel is run by Quest (otherwise known as Ed Leiper) who is one of the FP tutors.
You can also get a lot of help from CompSoc, which is the university-wide Computing Society. You will find members on IRC channel #compsoc.
The labs on the fifth floor of Appleton Tower have demonstrators on-hand specifically to help first year student from 3-5 every week day. You will notice them because they will be lounging around at the front of the room. Sticking your hand in the air will get their attention. They're very friendly and have been prepared on what you will be working with.