Thursday, July 3, 2008

Beginning Algorithms (Wrox Beginning Guides)

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.

What you will learn from this book

* The basics of algorithms, such as iteration and recursion
* Elementary data structures such as lists, stacks, and queues
* Basic and advanced sorting algorithms including insertion sort, quicksort, and shell sort
* Advanced data structures such as binary trees, ternary trees, and heaps
* Algorithms for string searching, string matching, hashing, and computational geometry
* How to use test-driven development techniques to ensure your code works as intended
* How to dramatically improve the performance of your code with hands-on techniques for profiling and optimization

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.

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