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Author Bentley, Jon
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract The study of algorithms has much to offer the practicing programmer. After just a course or two on the subject, students take away algorithms for solving many important tasks and design techniques for attacking new problems. Advanced algorithmic tools can have a substantial impact on software systems. Next month, for instance, we'll study a system in which algorithm design helped reduce development time by 170 staff-years.As important as such tools are, algorithms can have an impact on a more common level of programming. In his book aha! Insight (from which I shamelessly stole my title), Martin Gardner describes the type of contribution I have in mind: “a problem that seems difficult may have a simple, unexpected solution.” Unlike the advanced methods of the field, the aha! insights of algorithms don't come only after extensive study; they're available to any programmer willing to think seriously before, during, and after coding. But enough generalities, on to the problems!
Description Affiliation: Bell Lab, Murray Hill, NJ (Bentley, Jon)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 9
Page Count 6
Starting Page 623
Ending Page 628

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Source: ACM Digital Library