Not Yet Answered # guys what should i learn to master data structures in c, im a newbie p.

tapananand 13 rubberman 1,109 Rashakil Fol 978 Need some help with this Array. I am trying to get the sum of the even numbers and the sum of the odd numbers using a for each loop. I know the answers to what I am trying to achive are sum of even = 84 and the sum of ...

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There is no real trick to mastering Data Structures that we can tell you here. It's more about practice and experience. Data Structures is not just about knowing about a lot of data structures and being able to code them. It is more about being able to apply them to real problems that you solve. You need to aply the data structure to a problem that makes it easy to solve. This comes by practice only.

You can start with a basic book on Data Structures. I would suggest Coremen. Then after mastering a few important ones you should look to solve problems from online competitions, etc

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Myself, I like Wirth's "Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs". It's a bit dated, but it was the seminal treatise on the subject.

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If you want to master data structures, a few good first baby steps would be to get good at basic data structures in C or C++ (graphs, trees, etc, using a common first text like CLRS or some other), then learn a bit about functional data structures by reading Okasaki and doing some practical functional programming, then watch the Advanced Data Structures lectures on MIT Open Courseware (and do the homeworks). It's probably a good idea at some point to make some relatively data-structure-intensive projects, such as a 3D graphics engine, optimizing compiler for a statically typed language (ideally one that uses unification at some point in type checking), and a database engine (especially if it doesn't rely on kernel page caching).

You're not really a master at that point but those are some good first steps. Then you'll probably have an idea of what to learn next.

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