I love browsing bookshops

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.
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