Published: 12th December 2014|
|Report on a User Test and Extension of a Type Debugger for Novice Programmers Yuki Ishii and Kenichi Asai||1|
|Functional Automata - Formal Languages for Computer Science Students Marco T. Morazán and Rosario Antunez||19|
|Bricklayer: An Authentic Introduction to the Functional Programming Language SML Victor Winter||33|
|Evaluating Haskell expressions in a tutoring environment Tim Olmer, Bastiaan Heeren and Johan Jeuring||50|
|Learn Physics by Programming in Haskell Scott N. Walck||67|
|Simple Balanced Binary Search Trees Prabhakar Ragde||78|
TFPIE 2014 received 15 submissions and had 30 participants. Except for one, all submissions were found to be sound and in scope by the PC Chair and invited to give a presentation. In addition, Johan Jeuring accepted our invitation to give an invited talk. He kicked-off this year's edition of TFPIE with a presentation entitled "Automatic tutoring and assessing functional programs". The workshop comprised 15 presentations and a fruitful plenary discussion.
The post-workshop review process received 13 submissions, which were vetted by the program committee, assuming scientific journal standards of publication. The six articles in this volume were selected for publication as the result of this process. In order to give you a taste of these articles, we briefly enumerate them in the order that they were presented during the workshop. In "BrickLayer: An authentic introduction to the FPL SML", Victor Winter introduces the pedagogical environment BrickLayer in which students can experiment with constructing intricate Lego-shapes, resulting in appealing graphical renderings of their efforts. In "Evaluating Haskell expressions in a tutoring environment", Tim Olmer, Bastiaan Heeren and Johan Jeuring describe the Haskell Expression Evaluator, a tool with which beginning students in functional programming can experiment with, train, and experience the term rewriting techniques that are often used in textbooks to explain the mechanics of functional programming. In "Report on a User Test and Extension of a Type Debugger for Novice Programmers", Yuki Ishii and Kenichi Asai describe how they have been able to improve the use of their type debugger tool for novice OCaml programmers, by analysing log files of the usage of the tool by students. In "Functional Automata: Formal Languages for Computer Science Students", Marco T. Morazán and Rosario Antunez demonstrate how their Racket library FSM can be used by students in a very formal computer science course on state machines, regular expressions, and grammars to actually program and test these concepts in a practical setting. In "Learn Physics by Programming in Haskell", Scott N. Walck explains how Haskell is used as a formal language to express Newtonian mechanics and electromagnetic theory for second-year students without assuming any prior programming experience. Finally, in "Simple Balanced Binary Search Trees", Prabhakar Ragde gives a concise, elegant, and complete Haskell implementation of AA-trees supporting both insertion and deletion operations, as a better alternative to Red-Black-trees, from a pedagogical standpoint.
Unfortunately, the initial PC Chair, James Caldwell, fell ill and was unable to attend the workshop and handle the post-workshop coordination. Philip Hölzenspies, last year's PC Chair, and Peter Achten, the first year's PC co-chair stepped in to aid James in his duties as PC Chair.
Despite James' absence, TFPIE 2014 certainly was a success and could not have taken place without the seamless and very hospitable local organization by Jurriaan Hage and the TFP 2014 organizing committee. The evening barbecue that was attended by both TFPIE participants and participants arriving for the subsequent TFP event provided a very pleasant atmospheric finishing touch. Of course, a workshop is nothing without the submitting and presenting authors, the program committee and all participants. As PC Chairs, we would like to extend our gratitude to all of these people and we're quite confident we do so for everyone in attendance. In continued support of the community of people interested in advancing education using functional programming, all of this year's event's resources have been made available on the TFPIE wiki page.
|Philip K.F. Hölzenspies|
|James Caldwell||University of Wyoming|
|Peter Achten||Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen|
|Edwin Brady||University of St. Andrews|
|Jurriaan Hage||Universiteit Utrecht|
|Philip K.F. Hölzenspies||Universiteit Twente|
|Daniel R. Licata||Wesleyan University|
|Marco T. Morazán||Seton Hall University|
|Christian Skalka||University of Vermont|
|David van Horn||Northeastern University|