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Programming Pearls, Second Edition by Jon Bentley

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Epilog to The Second Edition

Some traditions are continued for their inherent quality. Others persist anyway.

Q: Welcome back; it’s been a long time.

A: Fourteen years.

Q: Let’s start where we did before. Why a new edition of the book?

A: I like the book, a lot. It was fun to write, and the readers have been very kind over the years. The principles in the book have stood the test of time, but many examples in the first edition were woefully out of date. Modern readers can’t relate to a “huge” computer that has a half-megabyte of main memory.

Q: So what did you change in this edition?

A: Pretty much what I said I changed in the preface. Don’t you guys prepare before these interviews?

Q: Oops — sorry. I see that you talk there about how the code ...

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