Went in to uni
yesterday for my Circuit Analysis
lecture, but had a few minutes spare beforehand. Since I made a trip to Borders
on the weekend and they were all out of the engineering books I was after, I was needing a good pick-me-up book.
I found a book that I first purchased in 1992 when I was studying at ANU
: Kingston's Algorithms and Data Structures: Design, Correctness, Analysis
. Back in 1992 I think I paid about AUD50 or so for it ... and loaned it to a friend who forgot to return it. They're such a good friend I've forgotten who they are!
Anyway, it was definitely a pick-me-up book, especially since I realised a little while ago that for all it's supposed real world credibility, the UTS Engineering
degree appears to have almost no
instruction on algorithms for those doing Computer Systems Eng or Software Eng. Sure, there's a subject
in the IT
faculty, but its description is minimal and it's not purely about algorithms.
One of my Sydney-based coworkers told me a few months ago that when he did his degree (cue four computer scientists from Yorkshire....) everything
was about algorithms. I really wish that there was more emphasis on algorithms (the good, the bad, the ugly, the insane
, the unmaintainable....) these days. Well with Kingston's book back in my hot little hands I'll have a good opportunity to make my own path.