Here are some links I have been collecting on the topic of monads. I have not read all of them, only have I skim read the first bits. The first article explains some issues people present when they give their perspective on how monads should be best understood.

http://byorgey.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/abstraction-intuition-and-the-monad-tutorial-fallacy/

Here is jamiely’s haskell-draughts repo. I am working on a checkers game too and was referencing this.

https://github.com/jamiely/haskell-draughts

Here is an example of move checking in checkers;

http://gbacon.blogspot.ca/2010/12/checkers-game-over-in-haskell.html

More on monads;

http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Monad

http://www.haskell.org/tutorial/monads.html

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Haskell/Understanding_monads

http://learnyouahaskell.com/a-fistful-of-monads

I also need to learn how to parse strings (commands) in Haskell

http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/ox6s/ask_reddit_what_the_hell_are_monads/coxiv

http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/64th1/monads_in_python_in_production_code_you_can_and/c02u9mb

this looks neat too, a course on Haskell http://shuklan.com/haskell/

I think one of the more on monad links has a link to an appendix of monad tutorials too which could make an alright read. Some of the tutorials I have posted here come from it actually.

It seems like a fair background in mathematics is required to really get much out of monads however.

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