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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those who already program or don't know where to start
This is a fantatic book for anyone who actually wants to write code or programs that are useful (rather than cool bits of code the aren't really any use but hey, who thought you could get Java to do that) This book shows you how to take a problem and break it down into smaller solvable problems, it gives you the foundations to write any sysetm you really need to because...
Published on 19 Jun 2008 by E. J. Phillips

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2.0 out of 5 stars It is ok
The book was ok, but I wish the author gave more examples regarding algorithms and at the back of the book you dont have many answers for the exercises.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those who already program or don't know where to start, 19 Jun 2008
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This is a fantatic book for anyone who actually wants to write code or programs that are useful (rather than cool bits of code the aren't really any use but hey, who thought you could get Java to do that) This book shows you how to take a problem and break it down into smaller solvable problems, it gives you the foundations to write any sysetm you really need to because you are looking at the system in a whole new way. Once you have the funamentals of how to program the language is inmaterial, its the process of what you need to do that is the hard bit and the bit that fails most projects, Paul takes you through all the elements and this book is easy to read and follow with some dry humour added to carry you along.

This book is a must for all those who are serious about looking at producing programs or systems that are intended to solve some business or real-world problem.

go buy it .... now
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, 29 Dec 2010
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This is a useful and interesting book, trying to explain the basics of algorithm development from the viewpoint of Polya's heuristics. A curious point, however, is how Vickers adds a couple of extra steps to Polya's method without seeming to improve the method. Also, the initial issue about understanding the problem is a bit confusing. There are some excellent examples of how an analysis of the problem may lead to profound insights, but these examples are mathematical problems that have nothing to do with algorithmic solutions. In fact, when it comes to understanding problems that are supposed to lead to algorithmic solutions, the analysis is highly unclear. On the other hand, Vicker's treatment of object oriented algorithms is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal book, 6 Dec 2012
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Helped me enormously with my foundation degree. The book was new when I purchased it but now it is well worn. Lots of examples and each chapter is fun to learn.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It is ok, 12 Feb 2011
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The book was ok, but I wish the author gave more examples regarding algorithms and at the back of the book you dont have many answers for the exercises.
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