May 27, 2020
Programming Pearls
Posted by Jon L. Bentley

This book is about programming pearls, whose origins lie beyond solid engineering in the realm of insight and creativity The programs are fun, and they teach important programming techniques and fundamental design principles.

  • Title: Programming Pearls
  • Author: Jon L. Bentley
  • ISBN: 9780201103311
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
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    So much of what passes for revelation becomes obsolete What was originally mistaken for truth turns out to be mere utility the moment passes and we are left at best with a corroded praxis, an inept relic to clutter the museum of our fancy Contrary to many of its genre, this book has endured because it reminds us of the fundamental challenge of software development identifying the problem, translating it to mathematically sound abstraction, and then choosing the most apt solution The second editi [...]

    Sage LaTorra

    With the exception of some painfully out of date examples, this book is probably the best practical programming algorithms book I ve read.The examples aren t untrue, they re just not intuitive to a modern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 implement TC [...]

    Rafal Szymanski

    A good selection of interesting algorithms explained without the terseness that some other books can get into I felt it is a bit antiquated with all the algorithms written in low level C I m not sure that some of the optimizations the author is proposing manual loop unrolling, moving assignment out of a loop, etc are still relevant due to the advances in compilers that can do such optimizations automatically while leaving the source code untainted by optimizations Nevertheless, there is a good s [...]


    Indeed Programming Pearls Short SummaryPart I PreliminariesColumn 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 Sorting can be us [...]


    _Programming Pearls_ is a gem The pearls are short essays on a particular topic of programming, grouped together by theme algorithms, data structures, correctness, implementation, performance, code tuning, etc The essays are concise and focused, with plenty of code examples Some of the topics may strike today s programmer as quaintly academic exercies Surely nobody writes Quick Sort any But the lessons that Bentley extracts from them are always valuable.The second edition has been updated to ref [...]

    Ondrej Sykora

    Unlike most other books on programming, this one focuses on fundamental and generic problems, not the easy things, toy problems or technical things.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 effectivity There s [...]

    Krishna Kumar

    A good look at some ways to write efficient code It discusses various algorithms and techniques that can increase performance or reduce memory requirements One of the problems with the book is that, being an older book, some of the content is less relevant today You can get most of the algorithms as part of any programming language library, though the book does provide you the information to understand the trade offs A better font for the book and C style examples at least for me would also have [...]

    Antony Thomas

    AFter reading this book, you would start to think in terms bit and bytes.


    Super helpful to review data structures, algorithms and problem solving.

    Yevgeniy Brikman

    There should be programming books like this It s like an algorithms and data structures text book, but written in such a way that it s actually pleasant to read The writing is great, the examples are clear, and the book challenges you to solve things incrementally rather than giving you the answer right away 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, historians study [...]

    Madhura Parikh

    I really like the way this book presents everything as a story It has a bit of an old world charm to it, given that a lot of war stories are from bell labs and so on, and in a time where programming languages weren t as advanced as today But the way it approaches algorithm design is timeless and inspiring Also a perfectly sized book to read on commutes.

    Priyanka Puri

    this book is probably the best algorithmic book I have ever read.


    A must read although it is a bit old.


    Lots of good stories about famous coders stuffed with interesting problems which I ll try to solve when I re read it.


    Lots of fun for programmers, and even though it s not necessarily very a la mode wrt current fashions, there s a lot of fabulous stuff in here.

    Murray Cumming

    I m fond of this Jon Bentley has been part of the formative years of software development and computer science He has gained wisdom and does a good job of passing it on.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 performance [...]

    Mayank Jaiswal

    Must read book I have written a summary for the book github msjaiswal book not

    Rohit Vaidya

    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 language [...]


    A little outdated, but still gold.Most of the time, the author has discussed practical problems which were complex to start with and how easily they were solved with 20 50 lines of code representing the main idea.The book is fun to read and comprises of columns read chapters Although some columns are not as good as others I had to gallop my way through the book due to various reasons, but it would be wise to heed author s advice to do 1 column per sitting I intend to revisit this book, for sure. [...]

    Alessandro Bahgat

    d this book certainly deserves a place among them.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.


    When I cleared out a couple decades of software books on my shelf in preparation for tighter quarters, this is one of the few that made the cut While its perhaps outdated these days to worry about the best fit for a problem to the tightest solution possible, there are places where space embedded , speed games , or power consumption server farms still reward elegant solutions to difficult problems This is a book about thinking about these things.


    Really good overview into the history of software design patterns Includes a lot of stuff that is seen today as hot i.e mapreduce , but that has been around for a long time as a sensible way to write software Really clinched for me the central problem in computer science, the time space tradeoff.

    Alex Allain

    This is a book about reasoning about programs and designing algorithms There are some powerful ideas in this little book, despite its age.This book is best read in the following way 1 Solve each problem that makes up the main story of the chapter before finishing the chapter2 Do at least some of the exercises at the end of each chapter


    Very good read, although owing to the large amounts of literature out there on algorithm and programming, one might be acquainted with the tips and tricks that author has shared in the book Still the book presents a way of thinking on how to go about programming stuff somewhat in the same fashion as how to solve it by polya.

    Adarsh J

    The author uses a conversational style of writing and develops a simple problem and proposes a simple solution and over the chapters we see how different aspects of programming culminate into a splendid solution The incremental nature makes this book a very good read for preparation of interviews in programming jobs.


    This book will never get old It was my favorite book in college on my software engineering major Thanks to this book i start to love engineering and programming I certainly recommend this book to all freshmen in computer science and engineering, you will get a grasp of what programming is and why you will love it.


    A good book which has many good principles testing thoroughly, program verification, attacking the correct problem, carefully choosing your data structures, etc and easy to read However, it is showing it s age quite badly in places.


    The word pearls is very correctly placed in the title of this book The book consists of exercises that will stretch your software engineering mind, and will only show you how much you have to learn to become a really great programmer

    Graham Lee

    The principles are universally applicable, the specific algorithmic insights entertaining, and the examples clear if terse It can be summarised as know your problem think about your problem know your solution show that the solution addresses the problem.


    I actually read the first edition of this book and therefore this review is about it The point of this book is to teach people how to think about programs, in particular to make them efficient I think this is a good book for helping people to understand what programming is all about.

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