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Saturday, December 30, 2023

5 Free Data Structure and Algorithms Books in Java Programming

In the last article, I have shared some of the best data structure and algorithms books for programmers, but those were not free. After that article, I received some feedback about how about sharing free data structure and algorithm books? Fair enough, everybody loves free eBooks, courses, and PDFs, don't you? In the past, I have shared a list of free Java programming books, so I had some ideas. I did some more research on the internet and checked my collection as well. Fortunately, there are a couple of good Data Structure and Algorithm books which are available for free as a PDF download or for online reading, which is what I am going to share with you all today.

In this list, you will find some of the best data structure and algorithms books which are completely free, thanks to their author and publication media.

In general, Data Structure and Algorithm are one of the most important topics for any programmer, not just for interview point of view but also about writing good programs and problem-solving.

A good choice of data structure can reduce the complexity of the algorithm and can significantly improve the performance of your application.

Btw, If you are interested in improving your algorithms skills you shouldn't just limit yourself to free books, you can also try some of the free Algorithms courses which will help you to learn the topic quickly.

From last a couple of years, I have personally preferred learning from online courses then books. It's not that I have abandoned books but I mostly start with them once I have some idea about the technology I am going to learn, which I easily get by joining an online course.

And, if you can spend a few bucks on your learning then you should always go for the best books or courses like Data Structures and Algorithms: Deep Dive Using Java on Udemy. It's not that expensive as you can get it on just under $15 most of the time but whatever you will learn will pay you for many years in your career.

6 Data Structure and Algorithm Books in Java - FREE

If you search in Google, you will find tons of free eBooks related to the data structure and algorithm in Java, but not all of them are free to use.

This list contains books that are made free by their authors and publishers for community benefit. They are completely legal as much I know but if you think it's not, tell me and I will remove it from this list.

Many data structure and algorithm books here might not be up-to-date to recent Java versions, but algorithms and data structure are sorts of concepts that never get old. These are the fundamental concepts and that's why even old data structure and algorithm books are useful.

1. Algorithms, 4th Edition

Author: Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne
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Description: This is one of the most popular data structures and algorithms books in Java. You will learn about data structure and algorithm fundamentals, search, sorting, graphs and strings in this book.

This book is even used in free Algorithm courses on Coursera like Algorithms Part 1 and Algorithms Part 2 by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne. I strongly encourage you to join those two free courses along with reading this book to learn Data Structure and Algorithm in Java from scratch.

5 Free Data Structure and Algorithm Books in Java Programming

2.  Algorithms Notes for Professionals book

Author: Compiled from StackOverflow
Description:  This is another excellent, free, 200+ pages eBook to learn Data Structure and Algorithms. The Algorithms Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by many experienced and enthusiastic programmers who contribute to StackOverflow.

This free E-Book is comprehensive and covers most of the things you will find in a good book like Introduction to Algorithms or a good course like Algorithms and Data Structures - Part 1 and 2 on Pluralsight.

You will not only learn about fundamental data structure like an array, linked list, binary search tree, Graph but also about several searching and sorting algorithms like Bubble Sort, Merge Sort, Insertion Sort, Bucket Sort, Quicksort, Counting Sort, Heap Sort, Cycle Sort, Odd-Even Sort, and Selection Sort.

It also covers advanced algorithms like Dijkstra’s Algorithm, Kruskal's Algorithm, Prim's Algorithm, Bellman-Ford Algorithm, Line Algorithm, and Floyd-Warshall Algorithms.

Apart from that, you will also learn about Dynamic Programming, Greedy Algorithms, and some coding problems from Interviews like Substring Search,  Travelling Salesman, Knapsack problem, Longest Common Subsequence, Anagram String, Pascal Triangle, etc. Overall, one of the best, free books to learn Algorithms.

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3. Java Structures: Data Structures in Java for the Principled Programmer

Author: Duane A. Bailey
Description: This is another good data structure and algorithm book in Java from Mcgraw-Hill publication and available in PDF format for download.

This book was published in September 2007, so it's a bit date but as I said, algorithms and data structure are timeless concepts so you can still use this to learn them. It's a paperback copy that is also available for purchase on Amazon.

Btw, if you like free online courses, I also suggest you check Data Structures in Java for Beginners on Udemy, one of the best free courses to learn Data Structure and Algorithms by William Fiset, a Software engineer at Google and ACM-ICPC world finalist.

Free Data Structure and Algorithms Books in Java

3. Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Java

Author(s): Clifford A. Shaffer
Description: This is another free book to learn Data Structure and Algorithms. It was last updated in 2013 so again it's a bit dated but most of the concepts are still valid.

The best part of the book is that it's very comprehensive and covers topics that are not generally covered by even the best Data Structure algorithms books like Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H. Cormen.

Anyway, the book is also available for free download in PDF format and both C++ and Java versions are available.

And, if you prefer online courses, you can also check out this list of 10 FREE Algorithms courses for Programmers to learn Data Structures and Algorithms.

Free Data Structure and Algorithms Books for Programmers

4. Java Data Structures (2nd edition)

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Java Data Structures by is another free online Java book. This document was created with the intent to show people how easy Java really is and to clear up a few things the author has missed in the previous release of the document.

This book covers Array, vector, Nodes, Linked Lists, Trees, Binary Search tree, Tree traversals, priority vector, and other advanced data structure in Java programming language.

This is again a bit dated book and if you can, I suggest you go with a more recent book on this list like the first one or just go for free online courses. You can find a lot of free online courses to learn Algorithms and Data Structure, here is another list of free data structure courses on Freecodecamp.

Free Data Structure and Algorithms Books for Java Programmers

5. How to Think Like a Computer Scientist Java Version

Author: Allen B. Downey
Description: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist Java Version is a good book to learn about programming. The goal of this book is to teach you to think like a computer scientist.

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6. Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in Java

Author: Bruno R. Preiss
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Description: This book is not available for PDF download, but you can read it online for FREE. The C++ version of this book is also available in paperback and online versions. 

This book covers Algorithm Analysis, fundamental data structures, data types and abstraction, Stack, Queue and Deque, order and sorted the list, trees, binary search tree, hashing, hash table, and several other data structures in Java.

7. Data Structures and Algorithms: Annotated Reference with Examples First Edition [PDF]

This is another free eBook you can download and read to learn Data Structure and Algorithms. This book covers all important data structures like binary tree, stack, queue, array and linked list. 

Created by authors, Granville Barnett and Luca Del Tongo this book introduce the abstract big Oh notation to express the runtime complexity of algorithms, making the book accessible to a broad audience. The intention is not to delve deeply into theoretical aspects but to offer a hands-on guide to algorithm implementation.

You can download the PDF of this free DSA book from the link given above. If you want, you can also combine this book with the Kamran Ahmed, creator of popular roadmap's free Data Structures: An Illustrative Introduction course on Udemy. 

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That's all about in this list of free data structures and algorithm books in Java. You can see there are lots of free eBooks available for download as PDF or for online readers. Unfortunately, most of the books are a bit old and might not be suitable for everybody, especially beginners.

For those, I would suggest sticking with the first two books which are both up-to-date and comprehensive enough to teach you fundamental algorithms and data structure. If you are interested, you can also check out the following resources to further boost your algorithms and coding skill.

Further Learning
Data Structures and Algorithms: Deep Dive Using Java
Algorithms and Data Structures - Part 1 and 2
Data Structures in Java: An Interview Refresher

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Thanks for reading this article so far. If you like these free data structure and algorithms books for Java programmers hen please share it with your friends and colleagues. If you have any questions or feedback then please drop a comment.

P.S. - If you prefer online courses over books, or you want to combine these books with some free online courses then you can also check out this list of 10 Free Data Structure and algorithm Courses for Java developers.


Vishalkumar said...


Unknown said...

good job....!

Unknown said...

Have you book on same topic but in python?

javin paul said...

Grokking algorithms is a good book to learn data structure in Python

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