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Writing Fast Programs: A Practical Guide for Scientists and Engineers [Paperback]

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"Writing Fast Programs" provides the basic elements of code optimization and provides strategies for reducing bottlenecks in practical simulation and numerical modeling code. The target audience is scientists and engineers and students in these fields. One pre-publication reviewer called this a much-needed intermediate text to bridge the gap between existing introductory and more advance programming books aimed at scientists. "Writing Fast Programs" does not teach basic programming; some programming profiency is assumed, along with familiarity with the basic programming terminology. Code examples are presented in C, but BASIC (as a convenient pseudo-language) examples are provided for those not familiar with C. In general, the strategies presented are not language specific and should therefore benefit a wide programming audience.

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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2007
Publisher   Cambridge International Science Publishing
ISBN  1904602401  
ISBN13  9781904602408  

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Programming > General
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No useful info for C#  Jan 27, 2007
I just got this book because I saw it had a paragraph in C#, and I was curious whether it had any useful info on that. The answer to that question is no. It even states that [...] objects are COM, which is fundamentally wrong. So don't look here for optimizing your .NET code. I think at least the author should have gotten better acquainted with .NET, and then he would have known that in itself .NET isn't necessarily slower, because it's compiled to machine code, just like C++ is. The only real argument is that the .NET (JIT) compilers do not heavily optimize and inline at this moment, and make no use of SIMD instructions. This makes .NET not a good candidate for heavy computation at this moment, but that ofcourse might change in future .NET versions.

I am going to read the rest of the book as well, so for that reason, it gets 3 stars so far... it might go up or down when I'm done.

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