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beginning algorithms

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i am a beginner at algorithms. i was checking ACCU and this one caught
my attention:

"Introduction to Computing and Algorithms" -- Russell Shackelford

had anybody read this book ?
i want to mention that academic books never made any sense to me. i
know Knuth's books are best out there. i never read his books
actually, except Concrete Mathematics.

i have also heard "Sedgwick" is academic too. i expected so as he
studied under Knuth.

another example of academic books is "How to Design Programs" [1]. i
have that book on my desk and i tried to get "introduction to
programming" through it (the purpose of the authors was introduction
to programming) and after reading 11 chapters, i did not make anything
out of that book.

same way i tried "The Little Schemer" as introduction but that too was
thrown into my "Hate'em" list. [2]

guess, from where i got my introduction to programming: from 2 places

1.) How to think like a computer scientist: learning with Python.
(this was a minor intro) [3]
2.) "Practical Common Lisp" (this one had major impact on my
thinking) [4]

i like and understand books written in "Practical Common Lisp" style.

K&R2 is a different style i love it too :-)

so "Practical Common Lisp" and "K&R2" are 2 of my understood and loved
styles.

long post, sorry....

still the question remains:

have you read "Introduction to Computing and Algorithms" -- Russell
Shackelford

?

-- arnuld
http://arnuld.blogspot.com

[1] http://www.htdp.org/

[2] http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/matthias/BTLS/

[3] http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/thinkCSpy/

[4] http://www.gigamonkeys.com/book/

Mar 11 '07 #1
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arnuld wrote:
i am a beginner at algorithms. i was checking ACCU and this one caught
my attention:

"Introduction to Computing and Algorithms" -- Russell Shackelford

had anybody read this book ?
<snip>

I think comp.programming would be a better place for questions on
general programming and algorithms. At the very least, set followups
to it.

Mar 11 '07 #2

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On Mar 11, 9:29 pm, "santosh" <santosh....@gmail.comwrote:
I think comp.programming would be a better place for questions on
general programming and algorithms. At the very least, set followups
to it.
YES, you are right. i posted the same there some days ago and guess
how many independent replies, around 15 and how many of them gave
"review kind of thing" for the book i mentioned: 0.

it seems like nobody has read the book there at comp.programming,

http://groups.google.com/group/comp....2a6fc6500142/#

that is why i posted it here. i am going to implement my algorithms in
C,

[OT]

i will also join the software project at "savannah" or "sourceforge",
may be i go adding voice-char features to GAIM, i am feeling sick
because of the ugly UI of Skype for Linux.

BTW, comp.lang.c folks are completely different from all other groups
i have seen, i do not want to mention names. i have observed this
thing and mentioned in one of my quite earlier threads. i feel people
here are more practical in their choices, in general life.

[/OT]

Mar 11 '07 #3

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arnuld wrote:
On Mar 11, 9:29 pm, "santosh" <santosh....@gmail.comwrote:
I think comp.programming would be a better place for questions on
general programming and algorithms. At the very least, set followups
to it.

YES, you are right. i posted the same there some days ago and guess
how many independent replies, around 15 and how many of them gave
"review kind of thing" for the book i mentioned: 0.

it seems like nobody has read the book there at comp.programming,

that is why i posted it here.
Have seen Amazon's page for the book?

<http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-C...rithms-Russel-
Shackelford/dp/0201314517>
i am going to implement my algorithms in C,
Use the best tool for the job at hand.
[OT]
<snip>
BTW, comp.lang.c folks are completely different from all other groups
i have seen, i do not want to mention names. i have observed this
thing and mentioned in one of my quite earlier threads. i feel people
here are more practical in their choices, in general life.
Kenny McCormack will vehemently disagree with you on this. :-)
[/OT]
Mar 11 '07 #4

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