Programming pearls

Front Cover
Addison-Wesley, 2000 - Computers - 239 pages
6 Reviews

"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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

A must have book for any Programmer

User Review  - Ashish Goyal - Flipkart

This is a must have book, if you get your hands dirty in hard core programming. People from any programming generations will get benefited by this book. Read it well, and don't try to rush to get maximum return on your investment :) Read full review

Definitely a Pearl.

User Review  - Pratyush Kumar - Flipkart

the book is succinct and very relevant to the person who is trying to learn neat, short and simple(not simpler)programming style. A lot of practical examples(taken from author's professional life ... Read full review


Aha Algorithms
Data Structures Programs

16 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

bentley is a member of technical staff at lucent technologies, murray hill, nj.

Bibliographic information