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Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in Java Hardcover – August 2, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0471346135 ISBN-10: 0471346136

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (August 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471346136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471346135
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,369,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Create sound software designs with data structures that use modern object-oriented design patterns! Author Bruno Preiss presents the fundamentals of data structures and algorithms from a modern, object-oriented perspective. The text promotes object-oriented design using Java and illustrates the use of the latest object-oriented design patterns. Virtually all the data structures are discussed in the context of a single class hierarchy. This framework clearly shows the relationships between data structures and illustrates how polymorphism and inheritance can be used effectively. Key Features of the Text
* All data structures are presented using a common framework. This shows the relationship between the data structures and how they are implemented.
* Object-oriented design patterns are used to demonstrate how a good design fits together and transcends the problem at hand.
* A single Java software design is used throughout the text to provide a better understanding of the operation of complicated data structures.
* Just-in-time presentation of mathematical analysis techniques introduces students to mathematical concepts as needed.
Visit the Text's Web Site A comprehensive web site is available for users of the text at www.wiley.com/college/preiss. The site includes:
* The Web Book (a hypertext version of the complete book)
* Links to the Java Source Code (all the program examples from the text)
* Opus5 Package (a Java package comprised of all the source code from the text)
* Documentation (source code documentation)
* Demo Applets (various Java applets that illustrate data structures and algorithms from the text)
* Archive (JAR format archive of the source code from the text)
* Front Matter (table of contents and preface)
* Solutions Manual (password required)
* Errata

About the Author

Bruno R. Preiss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the Parallel and Distributed Systems Group, the Computer Communications Networks Group, and the VLSI Research Group. After earning a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science, Professor Preiss received an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Travis Brooks on March 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Some people are reviewing this book as hard to read, confusing, and complaining that the code doesn't compile. Such is the state of higher education these days...I would actually say that this is a very readable introductory treatment on data structures. Granted, there seems to be the occasional error in implementing classes that strictly conform to given definitions, and some of the implementations seem a bit simplistic, but overall its a fine piece of work. I found the implementations for tree traversals in chapter 9 to be rather clever.
There is something of a reliance upon a hierarchy structure (introduced in ch. 5) which i think might turn some people off in using this book as a text. Chapters seem to build upon previous chapters, requiring you to read most of the book. Professors have a tendency to skip around to fit the curricula into the time of the class term which might make the book seem confusing--i've just been reading it straight through for personal amusement so i'm not as influenced by this. I think this class hierarchy is justified because the book isn't just about data structures, its also about design patterns. If you know something about either data structures or design patterns you can gain insight into both from reading this.
And as for compiling the code...the purpose of books like this shouldn't be to copy and paste code. If you have even a vague understanding of the material "filling in the blanks" and writing your own code should be a simple matter.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Not to bad. The book is a little high in price, but covers a large set of algorithms that could be applied to many Java applications. The book reads like a algebra book, with lots of formulas and theory and with not enough examples. Not for light reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Industrial on April 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hi, as an undergrad engineering student, I had this book for the coursebook in my algorithms course. Honestly speaking, it's good , very readable text. I never used any of the code examples fom the book in my assignments, yet they proved rather helpfull in understanding the material. Something, that I think is missing from this book is the answeres to the problems at the end of the chapter that are not programming projects. Ading them to the book could help students a lot ( no need to relay on TA's )
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Good book but high in price so try bying it 2e hand.
It covers a lardge set of sorting techniques with exampl codes.

A lot of formulas with excellent explanations.
I can use a lot of this material in my programs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ouyang on March 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a second year student, the use of design patterns (see chapter 5) bothers me. It really detracts from what the author is trying to convey. It's extremely hard to ignore them because you have to backtrack to previous chapters frequently which creates more confusion.
This book may be useful to learn the basics of software engineering. But given complexity of the design patterns in this book, it could be glossed over in one lecture.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Skyjuice Software on September 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The initial sections of the book focus on too much mathematical formula without providing plain English examples especially in the asymptotic analysis sections. Isn't there a book out there which explains in plain simple English? It also uses misleading terms like "external nodes" and "internal nodes" when it comes to trees. I wouldn't recommend this book. (I'm only using it because it is the university text, now I wish I had my money back)
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