Thursday 8 March 2018
ALGORITHMS IN A NUTSHELL A DESKTOP QUICK REFERENCE
You likely do not need to understand the reasons why an algorithm is correct—if you do, turn to other sources, such as the 1,180-page bible on algorithms, Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition, by Thomas H (2001). There you will find lemmas, theorems, and proofs; you will find exercises and step-by-step examples showing the algorithms as they perform. Perhaps surprisingly, however, you will not find any real code, only fragments of “pseudocode,” the device used by countless educational textbooks to present a high-level description of algorithms. These educational textbooks are important within the classroom, yet they fail the software practitioner because they assume it will be straightforward to develop real code from pseudocode fragments.