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Programming Pearls, Second Edition by Jon Bentley

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Part I: Preliminaries

These five columns review the basics of programming. Column 1 is the history of a single problem. A combination of careful problem definition and straightforward programming techniques led to an elegant solution. The column illustrates the central theme of this book: thinking hard about a real case study can be fun and can also lead to practical benefits.

Column 2 examines three problems, with an emphasis on how algorithmic insights can yield simple and effective code. Column 3 surveys the crucial role that the structure of data can play in software design.

Column 4 introduces program verification as a tool for writing correct code. Verification techniques are used extensively as we derive subtle (and fast) functions in ...

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