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More Programming Pearls: Confessions of a Coder 1st Edition

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What do topics ranging from organic chemistry to Napoleon's campaigns have to do with computer programming? This collection of essays demonstrates the many varied aspects of programming, showing how programming can be both a fun and elegant science.

Some of the essays cover programming techniques, like how profilers can provide insight into the dynamic behavior of programs, and methods for making data files self-describing. These techniques deal with real programs and they are realistically illustrated, using the C and Awk languages. Bentley also provides the reader with some tricks of the programmer's trade, like a collection of rules of thumb and hints for finding simple solutions to hard problems.

These essays also originally appeared in the author's column in Communication of the ACM, and have been substantially revised, incorporating new sections, problems, and reader comments.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 11, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201118890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201118896
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Johan Kotlinski on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book follows the same format as the original Programming Pearls (2nd Edition) (ACM Press), but the content is very different. Where Programming Pearls has a strong focus on performance and algorithms, this book is a mixed bag. It presents articles on practical things like profiling (pre-gprof), associative arrays, how to represent data in text (pre-XML), a collection of computer science quotes, the Pic language, creating graphs (pre-Excel)...

Compared to the timeless puzzles and mind expanders of Programming Pearls, the practical nature of these articles make them susceptible to aging. There is some interesting stuff - for example it was nice to get an introduction to the Pic language. But it's by no means an essential book. I don't regret getting it, but if I lost it, I wouldn't get a new copy.
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I repurchased this book after my daughter gave my copy away to a friend in Computer Science.
This is a great book for people who want to think about how to solve problems, and understand that how you solve a problem determines how fast it will be (or not).
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The original Programming Pearls is a fabulous look at algorithms, correctness and performance. This sequel is a little less thematically linked and a little more uneven, but is definitely worth reading by any programmer. If nothing else, you should buy it for the two best chapters: the discussion on profiling which is still cutting-edge, and the discussion on "little languages", which is ahead of its time and I think ahead of our time. There are also other smaller pearls to discover along the way. The apparent straightforwardness and simplicity of Jon Bentley's writing masks some very deep ideas.
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