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Posted November 29, 2003
A very nice book.
I found this book to be very nice. It gives a great introduction to data structures using the C language. It also gives some great intro. details to some topics used throughout the book, like recursion, O-notation, and how to analyze the efficiancy of your algorithm. Something not stressed enough these days, IMO. It does an excellent job of exploring the theory, and details behind each type of data structure, then continues on to a very concise example of it in action. It does a great job of breaking down every function and actually explaining what every function is going to do. It tells you exactly what role it plays in the entire data structure, very nice to have. The code is very easy to understand. Each function is kept to a minimum, and things are logically organized, and broken up. Very nice to see that. My only problem with the book is the accompanying disk was a diskette. I don't know about anyone else, but for me they have a short shelf life. I was able to get the contents, but now the diskette is basically broken. Would have been great to get that on a little more trustworthy medium such as CD (However Oreilly.com offers zip\.tar.gz files of the examples. So not all is lost, that is mighty cool of them). This book definitely assumes a good deal of knowledge in the C language. I would recommend one learn minimally basic functions, pointers, function pointers, dynamic memory allocation\deallocation, your basic if\else statements, looping, etc... before trying to read this. It would be possible, but i'm sure more frustrating then need be. If you don't understand those things most of the example code will be very hard to understand. Other then that if you're looking for a great introduction book, and something to hold on to for a great reference, this is it. All around good book. Hope it helps someone...
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