ML is a functional programming language. Features include type inference, first class functions, garbage collection, pattern matching, parametric polymorphism, static typing, exception handling, call-by-value evaluation strategy, and algebraic data types. – Source
Examples of functions in ML
Below are examples to get you familiar in ML. Syntax and how the language works will be explained in later tutorials.
(* Factorial Function *) fun fact n = if n = 0 then 1 else n * fact(n-1); (* Reverse function *) fun reverse n = if null n then n else reverse(tl n)@[(hd n)];
How to start Programming in ML
Install SML/NJ in Windows
Simply download the appropriate windows installer at SML/NJ distribution files. After downloading, simply install the files with the installer, restart your computer, and the program is available to run from then on.
Install SML/NJ in Linux
To install SML/NJ in Linux simply complete the following steps.
1. Open your terminal 2. Type in sudo apt get-install smlnj 3. Complete installation 4. To run smlnj, type in smlnj in your compiler