University of Calgary

CPSC 521 - Foundations of Functional Programming - Winter 2021

Theoretical foundations of functional programming: the lambda-calculus, beta-reduction, confluence, and reduction strategies. Programming syntax: solving recursive equations with the Y-combinator, let and letrec, types, datatypes, and patterns. Programming in a functional language: recursion patterns, useful combinators, maps, and folds, for datatypes. Example applications: recursive descent parsing, unification, combinatorial algorithms, theorem proving.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-2T)


  • Computer Science 313 or 351; and Computer Science 349 or 449.


This course will be offered next in Winter 2022.
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