Algorithms in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
George Heineman is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at WPI. His research interests are in Software Engineering. He co-edited the 2001 book "Component-Based Software Engineering: Putting the Pieces Together". He was the Program Chair for the 2005 International Symposium on Component-Based Software Engineering.
Gary Pollice is a self-labeled curmudgeon (that's a crusty, ill-tempered, usually old man) who spent over 35 years in industry trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. Even though he hasn't grown up yet, he did make the move in 2003 to the hallowed halls of academia where he has been corrupting the minds of the next generation of software developers with radical ideas like, "develop software for your customer, learn how to work as part of a team, design and code quality and elegance and correctness counts, and it's okay to be a nerd as long as you are a great one."
Gary is a Professor of Practice (meaning he had a real job before becoming a professor) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He went to WPI because he was so impressed with the WPI graduates that he's worked with over the years. He lives in central Massachusetts with his wife, Vikki, and their two dogs, Aloysius and Ignatius. When not working on geeky things he ... well he's always working on geeky things. You can see what he's up to by visiting his WPI home page at:http://web.cs.wpi.edu/~gpollice/. Feel free to drop him a note and complain or cheer about the book.
Stanley Selkow received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1965, and then a Ph.D. in the same area from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. From 1968 to 1970 he was in the Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda Maryland. Since 1970 he has been on the faculty at universities in Knoxville TN and Worcester MA, as well as Montreal, Chonqing, Lausanne and Paris. His major research has been in graph theory and algorithm design.
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The code examples are mostly written in C but most programmers will be fine with using the psuedo-coded algorithms and their favorite language.
The writing style and pseudocode are relatively easy to comprehend.
That's how come this book is extremely useful for algorithms consumers. It's very practical and skip most of the math b***s***. You open it, jump right to the solution you want, lookup the pseudocode and the graph, and maybe spend a few minutes to read the description, that's it. Get in, get out, get things done, people happy.
If you really care about the math, there are plenty of algorithms classic out there on the shelf you can get. But if you just need the algorithms to save you ass at some point like me, this is the perfect choice.
This is the ONLY book I've found so far that UNDERSTANDABLY explains algorithms without Math-Proof spam. It is actually the best algorithm reference book I've found so far. Has lots of pictures.
Well worth the money. BUY IT.
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Some nice clear diagrams (in the paper version - nor sure how they would look in Kindle)
Quite a slim book though, very convenient for reading in the bath.
If you want a big fat book on algorithms that you can impress of intimidate people with you may need to try a different book.
Mir hat es sehr geholfen da es an den richtigen Stellen auf "Introduction to Algorithms" verweist, welches auch bei mir steht, jedoch fuer schnelles nachschlagen eher nicht geeignet ist.
Die Beispiele sind gut und ausfuehrlich, und das Buch an sich ist Praxisbezogen sowie als Nachschlagewerk aufgebaut.
Genau was man sich erwartet (ich mir erwartet habe).