Puzzles for Programmers and ProsSolving puzzles demands a mindset that starts with a vulnerable openness followed by a rigorous drive to find a solution. Whether you're preparing for a programming job interview or just like a challenge, this book takes you on a tour of problem-solving techniques so you can dramatically improve your skills. You'll learn how to conquer simple elimination puzzles like Sudoku and how to apply heuristic techniques to far more complex problems.Dr. Shasha provides you with the tools to solve several classes of puzzles by handand computer. These include scheduling,strategic, geometric, and probabilistic puzzles. You'll also find a mystery involving codes, bank accounts, and geography that you can solve for the chance to win a prize. The approaches and techniques in this book will help you solve the kind of application puzzles the real world may throw at you.What you will learn from this bookHow to expand your puzzle-solving abilities and tackle new challengesProven steps that will help you quickly progress from basic puzzles to a more advanced levelHow to prepare for various types of puzzles presented during a programming interviewTechniques for determining the best solution to a puzzleMethods for solving puzzles using decryption and combinatoricsWho this book is forThis book is for programmers who need to brush up on their puzzle-solving skills as they prepare for the programming job interview. It is also for anyone who love puzzles and challenges.Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.Shasha, Dennis E. is the author of 'Puzzles for Programmers and Pros ', published 2007 under ISBN 9780470121689 and ISBN 0470121688.