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Beginning Algorithms

A good understanding of algorithms, and the knowledge of when to apply them, is crucial to producing software that not only works correctly, but also performs efficiently. This is the only book to impart all this essential information-from the basics of algorithms, data structures, and performance characteristics to the specific algorithms used in development and programming tasks.

Packed with detailed explanations and instructive examples, the book begins by offering you some fundamental data structures and then goes on to explain various sorting algorithms. You'll then learn efficient practices for storing and searching by way of hashing, trees, sets, and maps. The authors also share tips on optimization techniques and ways to avoid common performance pitfalls. In the end, you'll be prepared to build the algorithms and data structures most commonly encountered in day-to-day software development.

What you will learn from this book

  • The basics of algorithms, such as iteration and recursion
  • Elementary data structures such as lists, stacks, and queues
  • Basic and advanced sorting algorithms including insertion sort, quicksort, and shell sort
  • Advanced data structures such as binary trees, ternary trees, and heaps
  • Algorithms for string searching, string matching, hashing, and computational geometry
  • How to use test-driven development techniques to ensure your code works as intended
  • How to dramatically improve the performance of your code with hands-on techniques for profiling and optimization

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who develops applications, or is just beginning to do so, and is looking to understand algorithms and data structures. An understanding of computer programming is beneficial.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

Synopsis:

* After guiding readers through the basics of algorithms and data structures, this book examines specific algorithms that will help readers in programming tasks

* Begins with a discussion of the basics-how to determine the characteristics of a given algorithm-then introduces practical sorting algorithms, and gradually moves on to fundamental data structures

* Companion Web site features unique, Java-based working implementations and examples built and tested by the author

Synopsis:

Beginning Algorithms

A good understanding of algorithms, and the knowledge of when to apply them, is crucial to producing software that not only works correctly, but also performs efficiently. This is the only book to impart all this essential information—from the basics of algorithms, data structures, and performance characteristics to the specific algorithms used in development and programming tasks.

Packed with detailed explanations and instructive examples, the book begins by offering you some fundamental data structures and then goes on to explain various sorting algorithms. You'll then learn efficient practices for storing and searching by way of hashing, trees, sets, and maps. The authors also share tips on optimization techniques and ways to avoid common performance pitfalls. In the end, you'll be prepared to build the algorithms and data structures most commonly encountered in day-to-day software development.

What you will learn from this book

  • The basics of algorithms, such as iteration and recursion
  • Elementary data structures such as lists, stacks, and queues
  • Basic and advanced sorting algorithms including insertion sort, quicksort, and shell sort
  • Advanced data structures such as binary trees, ternary trees, and heaps
  • Algorithms for string searching, string matching, hashing, and computational geometry
  • How to use test-driven development techniques to ensure your code works as intended
  • How to dramatically improve the performance of your code with hands-on techniques for profiling and optimization

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who develops applications, or is just beginning to do so, and is looking to understand algorithms and data structures. An understanding of computer programming is beneficial.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Simon Harris started writing animated sprites on a Commodore 64 in primary school. After a break of many years, he taught himself 80x86 and IBM System/370 assembler and started working professionally. Since then he has moved from assembler to C, C++, and, of course, Java. He believes a fundamental understanding and appreciation of algorithms is essential to developing good software; and since starting his own company, RedHill Consulting, he has managed to make a living discussing and demonstrating software development practices and techniques to anyone who will listen.

In his more than 15 years of development experience, James Ross has ranged from building packaged products to large enterprise systems to research into compilers and languages. In recent years, he has become a code quality fanatic and agile methods specialist, particularly with test-driven development. He works as a consultant for ThoughtWorks, the world’s leading agile software development company. He is currently leading the development of a large J2EE project in the insurance industry in Melbourne, Australia. He lives with his wife and family in Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Getting Started.

Chapter 2: Iteration and Recursion.

Chapter 3: Lists.

Chapter 4: Queues.

Chapter 5: Stacks.

Chapter 6: Basic Sorting.

Chapter 7: Advanced Sorting.

Chapter 8: Priority Queues.

Chapter 9: Binary Searching and Insertion.

Chapter 10: Binary Search Trees.

Chapter 11: Hashing.

Chapter 12: Sets.

Chapter 13: Maps.

Chapter 14: Ternary Search Trees.

Chapter 15: B-Trees.

Chapter 16: String Searching.

Chapter 17: String Matching.

Chapter 18: Computational Geometry.

Chapter 19: Pragmatic Optimization.

Appendix A: Further Reading.

Appendix B: Resources.

Appendix C: Bibliography.

Appendix D: Answers to Exercises.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764596742
Author:
Harris, Simon
Publisher:
Wrox Press
Author:
Ross, James
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Computer algorithms
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
Wrox Beginning Guides
Publication Date:
20051111
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
564
Dimensions:
235 x 188 x 33 mm 31.68 oz

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Product details 564 pages Wrox Press - English 9780764596742 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , * After guiding readers through the basics of algorithms and data structures, this book examines specific algorithms that will help readers in programming tasks

* Begins with a discussion of the basics-how to determine the characteristics of a given algorithm-then introduces practical sorting algorithms, and gradually moves on to fundamental data structures

* Companion Web site features unique, Java-based working implementations and examples built and tested by the author

"Synopsis" by , Beginning Algorithms

A good understanding of algorithms, and the knowledge of when to apply them, is crucial to producing software that not only works correctly, but also performs efficiently. This is the only book to impart all this essential information—from the basics of algorithms, data structures, and performance characteristics to the specific algorithms used in development and programming tasks.

Packed with detailed explanations and instructive examples, the book begins by offering you some fundamental data structures and then goes on to explain various sorting algorithms. You'll then learn efficient practices for storing and searching by way of hashing, trees, sets, and maps. The authors also share tips on optimization techniques and ways to avoid common performance pitfalls. In the end, you'll be prepared to build the algorithms and data structures most commonly encountered in day-to-day software development.

What you will learn from this book

  • The basics of algorithms, such as iteration and recursion
  • Elementary data structures such as lists, stacks, and queues
  • Basic and advanced sorting algorithms including insertion sort, quicksort, and shell sort
  • Advanced data structures such as binary trees, ternary trees, and heaps
  • Algorithms for string searching, string matching, hashing, and computational geometry
  • How to use test-driven development techniques to ensure your code works as intended
  • How to dramatically improve the performance of your code with hands-on techniques for profiling and optimization

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who develops applications, or is just beginning to do so, and is looking to understand algorithms and data structures. An understanding of computer programming is beneficial.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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