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The first edition of Programming Pearls was one of the most influential books I read early in my career, and many of the insights I first encountered in that book stayed with me long after I read it. Jon has done a wonderful job of updating the material. I am very impressed at how fresh the new examples seem. - Steve McConnell When programmers list their favorite books, Jo
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Paperback, Second Edition, 239 pages

Published
October 7th 1999
by Addison-Wesley Professional
(first published 1986)

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The examples aren't untrue, they're just not intuitive to a modern reader. It's nothing that ruins the book, but examples have things that seem slightly silly today like "big" computers with just a meg or two of memory available. Or the practice problem that asks you how you send an image from one place to another. (I first took that to mean I needed to implem ...more

Short Summary

Part I: Preliminaries

Column 1: Cracking The Oyster (defining the problem correctly)

Principles: Defining the right problem is critical Problem: How do I sort a large file?

The programmer wanted to sort a large file with limited memory but the critical piece of information was that the numbers are in a specific range (7 digits only) and so the solution was to use a bit vector.

Column 2: AHA! Algorithms (designing the algorithm for the problem)

Principles: Sorti ...more

With most other professions, novices spend a lot of time studying the work of those who came before them: e.g. physicists read physics papers, artists imitate master artists, histori ...more

The second edition has bee ...more

The book teaches through a thorough discussion of solutions of several problems coming from several domains (algorithms, data structures, probability theory, ...). Some of the things - binary search being the most obvious example - look easy, but the sad truth is that many people can't write a correct implementation, not even speaking about effectivi ...more

Targeted to experienced programmers, Programming Pearls reminds how important it is to think hard before approaching **any** problem, and to strive for elegance and efficiency.

Even years after its publication date, this book is full of insightful advice about programming as an art.

It is the best proof that programming languages may become obsolete, but good ideas never get old.

Feb 18, 2020
Josh Houghtelin
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I skimmed quite a bit of this. It's not the first time I read the book but I like to reference it from time to time to remind myself to think deeper than the package I'm using implement a solution for any given problem. I feel like this book would be especially good for folks that write searching and sorting functions a lot. ^_^

Unfortunately, this book, even after the second edition, is already rather outdated again. Far too much of the performance discussion is irrelevant now that we have optimizing compilers. For instance, C and C++ coders shouldn't spend their time today unrolling loops or doing shifts instead of divisions by powers of 2. For perfo ...more

I have written a summary for the book:

https://github.com/msjaiswal/book-not...

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Jun 29, 2014
Rohit Vaidya
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This is not just yet another programming book with cook book solutions. Its a nice collection of essays published by the author in ACM. However the ones included in the book are corrected after errors discovered in originally published essays in ACM.

The book describes problems in an interesting story telling format and then progresses towards finding solution to a problem. This is not as intense as Knuth where you will find rigorous Mathematical proofs for proving bounds on algorithms. The lang ...more

The book describes problems in an interesting story telling format and then progresses towards finding solution to a problem. This is not as intense as Knuth where you will find rigorous Mathematical proofs for proving bounds on algorithms. The lang ...more

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