A Discipline of Programming by Edsger W. Dijkstra

By Edsger W. Dijkstra

He starts off via contemplating the questions, «What is an algorithm?» and «What are we doing after we program?» those questions lead him to an attractive digression at the semantics of programming languages, which, in flip, results in essays on programming language constructs, scoping of variables, and array references. Dijkstra then offers, as promised, a set of lovely algorithms. those algorithms are a ways ranging, overlaying mathematical computations, several types of sorting difficulties, trend matching, convex hulls, and extra. simply because this can be an previous e-book, the algorithms provided are often not the easiest on hand. even though, the worth in analyzing A self-discipline of Programming is to take in and comprehend the best way that Dijkstra thought of those difficulties, which, in many ways, is extra priceless than one thousand algorithms.

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