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Annoucing Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift

I am pleased to announce the availability of my second book, Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift. Starting today, you can purchase early access to the book from Manning (use promo code mlkopec for 50% off through June 27th). I have completed drafts of the first six of eight chapters; three of which are available today from Manning, with the next three to follow over the summer. The final version of the book will arrive in Fall 2017, shortly after the release of Swift 4.

Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift is a great “second book on Swift.” It is aimed at those with some basic knowledge of Swift’s syntax who want to delve deeper into the covered problem solving techniques, brush up on core algorithms, or learn more Swift using problems familiar to them from other languages. It is suitable for professionals looking to deepen their understanding of the covered topics, students with some programming background looking to expand their computer science knowledge, and anyone preparing for coding interviews.

What is a “Classic Computer Science Problem?” It is a problem one typically finds in an undergraduate computer science curriculum. The topics covered in the book span the gamut from core computer science algorithms you would find in a data structures & algorithms class to artificial intelligence and its sub-discipline machine learning. There are both practical and whimsical problems. They include classic search problems, constraint satisfaction problems, graph algorithms, genetic algorithms, k-means clustering, simple neural networks, and more!

The book is not your typical app development book. You will not find any UIKit, App Kit, or full blown apps. Instead, you will be learning problem solving techniques (in Swift) that will make your apps more powerful, more efficient, and more featureful. All of the code in the book is Linux friendly (server-side Swift friendly) and available for easy perusal via a Playground on GitHub.

To learn more, checkout the Classic Computer Science Problems in Swift page on Manning’s website where you will find a full table of contents and free access to the Introduction and Chapter 2 (Search Problems). If the table of contents looks appealing to you, dive in with promo code mlkopec which will give you 50% off through June 27th!

Remember that you are purchasing a pre-release version of the book, so you will be joining me on the journey to its final release in the fall. You will be receiving rough drafts of chapters before they have been fully developed. I encourage you to send me your feedback, but keep-in mind that these are early days and everything is not yet perfect. You will receive the final version of the book upon publication.

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