Programming Pearls comes highly recommended from quite a few people. I am sucker for good books and I love owning highly recommended books. I own a lot of books on CS and quite a few photography books. So anytime I see someone recommending a book that I do not own - I gotta have it. :)
I am three chapters/columns into Programming Pearls but so far, the only column I really liked was “Aha! Algorithms”. The first column was on Bit Vectors that laid foundation for like-ness and the second column was very insightful. Some important points to keep in mind.
The next chapter on Data Structures was really about how one should think about structuring data in reusuable form. Those of us who has been programming for a while, might not see any bulbs light up.
At this point, my biggest complaint was the lack of adjustment of text. What I mean is that I understand the book originated from a set of columns written for a magazine and then converted to a book. And you have a 2nd edition with some revisions right? So why not just tune the text to remove words such as “two-pass algorithm in solution 5” - so this makes a first time reader ask - “what solution 5? Should I read something else I read the book? Like the preface?”. I am slowly getting used to these but was really disappointed to find such use cases quite a few.