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Data Structures and Algorithms in C++ 3rd Edition
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Without a doubt, Drozdek's DS&A book is the most complete and well-written of its kind. It includes a chapter of graphs, which many books surprisingly omit. Also, as of the 3rd edition, it includes a chapter on string matching. As far as I know, this is the *only* C++ DS&A book to dive into this subject.
Surprisingly (because of such a broad-scoped book), the material presented in the string matching chapter is modern and incredibly useful. I found the coverage of suffix tries to be excellent. According to Professor Drozdek (via email correspondence), this chapter is actually a compressed version of what was to be an entire C++ book on string matching. Apparently no publisher would touch such a 'specialized' book. How short-sighted of them!
I work in a research-intensive company focused on developing cutting-edge algorithms to solve difficult modern problems. We do the majority of our coding in C++, which is what originally attracted me to Drozdek's book. Since then, I have referred several colleagues to this book, all of which now use it regularly and are loving it.
My only complaint about this book is that it doesn't discuss primality or random-number generation at all. So many algorithms rely heavily on one or both of these, so I find it strange that this book (and most others) completely ignore them.Read more ›
This book will get you learning advanced topics in data structures and algorithms in no time. I learned a lot from this book, and read the first 10 chapters. The scope of topics discussed is large and is presented in top-down fashion. There were even several topic areas that we didn't have time to spend on, like self-organizing lists, networks, self-balancing trees, data compression, and garbage collection.
I was tempted to only give 4 stars in this review because there are a painful number of typos/errors in this text. I was usually able to see beyond the errors, but it made it more difficult than it should have been. A new edition should seriously address this.
A full grasp of C++ is necessary to read through this book, but that should be given when studying general data structures and algorithms. A C++ reference will be very helpful when doing programming assignments because this is not a book on the language.
This book will probably always be on my shelf. Even though all of the code is in C++, which is not eternal, it does not rely heavily on the language. Most of the algorithms are given in pseudo-code, and the data structures are developed independent of the laugage choice. I still plan on reading the sections that we skipped in class. I would recommend this text to any computer science student.
Its layout for teaching a topic consists of three parts: 1) Introducing the data structure or algorithms with an informal language. It relates it with other similar ones, and explains the differences. 2) It shows C++ implementation (it does not have C++ codes for all DS and A's; however, I think what it has is enough for such a book) and explanations, even some alternative implementations. 3) It has complexity analysis for the algorithm, and any drawbacks. Drozdek has concluded the each chapter with an case study and provides full implementation in C++.
I have extensively studied Cormen's book of "Introduction to Algorithms", which I really like, however, this book is much better at teaching the fundamentals of the DSA topics and has better figures although Cormen's book is more in-depth and has more topics covered, and more academic. If you are looking at more implementation of the DSA with some in-depth theory, Drozdek's book is more useful. If you need more academic study on DSA, Cormen's book would be more helpful (in fact, I suggest both of them).
Another thing I like in this book is its chapter for Memory Management. Although this is an OS topic, it covers it since many DSA requires dynamic memory allocations, and I think it is good at teaching the basics of data structures and algorithms used in memory management.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had it less than a week and it's already more informative then my textbook.Published 1 month ago by Paul Long Jr
The book is impressive for its breadth of coverage, but doesn't do justice to that wide an array of topics. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Monalisa and Arindam
The book tries to be convoluted. A book like this is supposed to educate and inform, a feat hard to do when the reader has to re-read every sentence because of the word selection... Read morePublished 7 months ago by TheTodd
Fundamentally, this is a very good book on Data Structures and Algorithms, and indeed, the author has written it well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JacobeanEra
1. Well organized.
2. Good book for anyone who is wants to improve C++ knowledge and skills. (from advanced beginner to competent)
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This book has nearly the same texts as java version of this book...the only difference is that all examples are in c++. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NG