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A Common-Sense Guide to Data Structures and Algorithms by Jay Wengrow

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Chapter 11Node-Based Data Structures

For the next several chapters, we’re going to explore a variety of data structures that all build upon a single concept—the node. Node-based data structures offer new ways to organize and access data that provide a number of major performance advantages.

In this chapter, we’re going to explore the linked list, which is the simplest node-based data structure and the foundation for the future chapters. You’re also going to discover that linked lists seem almost identical to arrays, but come with their own set of trade-offs in efficiency that can give us a performance boost for certain situations.

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