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C# Data Structures and Algorithms

By : Marcin Jamro
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C# Data Structures and Algorithms

By: Marcin Jamro

Overview of this book

Data structures allow organizing data efficiently. They are critical to various problems and their suitable implementation can provide a complete solution that acts like reusable code. In this book, you will learn how to use various data structures while developing in the C# language as well as how to implement some of the most common algorithms used with such data structures. At the beginning, you will get to know arrays, lists, dictionaries, and sets together with real-world examples of your application. Then, you will learn how to create and use stacks and queues. In the following part of the book, the more complex data structures will be introduced, namely trees and graphs, together with some algorithms for searching the shortest path in a graph. We will also discuss how to organize the code in a manageable, consistent, and extendable way. By the end of the book,you will learn how to build components that are easy to understand, debug, and use in different applications.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)


Let's start with the array data structure. You can use it to store many variables of the same type, such as int, string, or a user-defined class. As mentioned in the introduction, while developing applications in the C# language, you can benefit from a few variants of arrays, as presented in the following diagram. You have access not only to single-dimensional arrays (indicated as a), but also multi-dimensional (b), and jagged (c). Examples of all of them are shown in the following diagram:

What is important is that the number of elements in an array cannot be changed after initialization. For this reason, you will not be able to easily add a new item at the end of the array or insert it in a given position within the array. If you need such features, you can use other data structures described in this chapter, such as generic lists.


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