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Data Structures and Algorithms in Java (Mitchell Waite Signature) Hardcover – 8 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571690956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571690951
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 21.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,201,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not filled with with obtuse mathematics and difficult proofs, MWSS-Data Structures and Algorithms in Java removes the mystique from DS&A. It does this in two ways. First, the text is written in a straightforward style, making it accessible to anyone. Second, unique new Java demonstration programs, called "Workshop Applets," are provided with the book. These Workshop Applets provide interactive "moving pictures" which the user can control and modify by pressing buttons. The books text describes specific operations the user can carry out with these Workshop Applets, and the applets then reveal the inner workings of an algorithm or data structure.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a great introductions to Data Structures and Algorithms using the Java programming languages. I picked this book up before taking a course on the subject and found it very easy to follow along. My text for the course in contrast was very dry and full of dry mathematical concepts and proofs which the average software developer need not bother with. The workshop applets provide an excellent method of viewing the algorithms in action. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in DS&A who may be intimidated by some of the concepts involved.
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This book is a very accessible text on the subject of data structures and algorithms using Java as the implementation language. I found the book to cover things excellently. The author is very efficient and handles these topics without being either too wordy or not giving enough information. The book approaches the subject from what I would call a non-academic angle. The coverage of Big-O notation is non-mathematicall. The author explains the Big-O speed of each data structure or algorithm but does not go into detail about the mathematical basis of such a number. One falling point for some may be the lack of exercizes. I, for one, did not miss these but if you are looking for a book with them, you'll have to look elsewhere. Overall, I highly recommend this book, especially for someone new to the subject. One last point, while the author fails to give any Java implementation for Red-Black trees, this is the only place in the book where he does so. He clearly explains his reasoning for doing as he does--the subject is quite complicated and the code for it immense. He does, however, give a good theoretical explanation of the subject.
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By A Customer on 5 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book took me less time to read than a Teach Yourself . . . in 21 Days. It handled the material in a crystal clear manner. But be warned, the implementations do not leverage the full power of Java, because the author is concerned above all else that the text be as easy to understand as possible. For instance, interfaces and inheritance are not used. For these reasons, it does not matter that the author uses Java 1.1. Like the previous reviewer, I read this text to prepare myself for a DS&A class, which I will start next fall, and I'm translating some of the examples to C for practice. Like everyone else, I think the applets are amazing. When I was confused and stuck, they were there, and I didn't have to draw little diagram to coach myself through the code.
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I bought this book a couple of months ago for use in my DS&A class, and it was a superb resource. This book does just what it says it does, no math or proofs, but clear explanations. The applets provide a great way to actually see how the algorithms work. Overall, this is one of the best DS&A books.
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By A Customer on 12 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Using a less academic approach, the writers make various concepts of data structure understandle to mere mortals. I especially like the applets that demostarte differnt abstarct data types. I wouldn't be able to pass my class without this book as a reference.
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By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Definitely one to consider if you need a solid introductory DS&A text written in Java. For something a bit more update and in depth, "Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Java" by Mark Weiss is another excellent text.
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