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Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)

Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)
Author: Jon Bentley
ISBN 13: 9780201657883
ISBN 10: 201657880
Edition: 2
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Publication Date: 1999-10-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $44.99

"The first edition of Programming Pearls was one of the most influential books I read early in my career, and many of the insights I first encountered in that book stayed with me long after I read it. Jon has done a wonderful job of updating the material. I am very impressed at how fresh the new examples seem."
—Steve McConnell

When programmers list their favorite books, Jon Bentley’s collection of programming pearls is commonly included among the classics. Just as natural pearls grow from grains of sand that irritate oysters, programming pearls have grown from real problems that have irritated real programmers. With origins beyond solid engineering, in the realm of insight and creativity, Bentley’s pearls offer unique and clever solutions to those nagging problems. Illustrated by programs designed as much for fun as for instruction, the book is filled with lucid and witty descriptions of practical programming techniques and fundamental design principles. It is not at all surprising that Programming Pearls has been so highly valued by programmers at every level of experience.

In this revision, the first in 14 years, Bentley has substantially updated his essays to reflect current programming methods and environments. In addition, there are three new essays on
• testing, debugging, and timing
• set representations
• string problems All the original programs have been rewritten, and an equal amount of new code has been generated. Implementations of all the programs, in C or C++, are now available on the Web.

What remains the same in this new edition is Bentley’s focus on the hard core of programming problems and his delivery of workable solutions to those problems. Whether you are new to Bentley’s classic or are revisiting his work for some fresh insight, the book is sure to make your own list of favorites.


Bentley (Bell Labs) offers practical programming techniques and fundamental design principles first published in his column for . The second edition features three new essays on testing, debugging and timing; set representations; and string problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)