teaching machines

CS 245 Lecture 28 – Review

May 8, 2014 by . Filed under cs245, lectures, spring 2014.



When Will I Use This Stuff?

All the time, none of the time, or some of the time. Check out http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/102041/why-are-data-structures-so-important-in-interviews.

Donald Knuth, in Structured Programming with Goto Statements:

Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered. We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil.

Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%. A good programmer will not be lulled into complacency by such reasoning, he will be wise to look carefully at the critical code; but only after that code has been identified. It is often a mistake to make a priori judgments about what parts of a program are really critical, since the universal experience of programmers who have been using measurement tools has been that their intuitive guesses fail.

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You learn faster the next time.


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