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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 informationfrom 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.
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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.
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.
This is a good book. Could've been great if not for the constant TDD approach to each problem which detracts from the core objective of this book which is to learn algorithms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by incognito.programmer
When reading a book with a title that includes the word "Beginning", it should go without saying that phrases like "an understanding of ... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jess Patton
I'm not sure if only the chapter is such of low quality or the whole book, but I suspect the latter. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jozef Novák
While this book may support the latest developments in Java (e.g. generics), it does cover the a good range of classic algorithms thoroughly, with lively, clear explanations and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I agree with the absolutely unnecessary emphasis on unit testing, that appears to be a favorite topic of the authors. My book is in the landfill.Published on April 15, 2013 by billbz2
I'm really happy with my purchase. First chapter gives a good introduction to runtime complexity. This is something that I had some problems understanding. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Ng Yao Wee
Do you want an introduction to algorithms and data structures without a lot of really intense math? Do you already know Java reasonably well? Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by Happy Harry
This book contains explanations and implementations along with example uses of various basic algorithms all in the Java language. Read morePublished on October 19, 2008 by calvinnme