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The Data Structures (You Think) You Need to Know

Tim Berglund (Confluent)
Computational Thinking
Portland Ballroom
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If you’re like most developers, you can get through most of your projects with just lists and maps. Then every once in a while you read a blog post about a mind-blowing problems that can only be solved efficiently because of a data structure you’ve never heard of, and you wonder where long years of computer science education really got you. Or better yet, maybe you never

The world is full of interesting data structures like Merkel Trees, Bloom Filters, k-d Trees, Ropes, Tries, and just plain old heaps and graphs. Come to this talk for a fun walk through the composition, purpose, and implementation of a few of the data structures you think you need to know—and might actually be able to use!

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Tim Berglund


Tim Berglund is the senior director of developer experience with Confluent, where he serves as a teacher, author, and technology leader. Tim can frequently be found speaking at conferences internationally and in the United States. He’s the copresenter of various O‚ÄôReilly training videos on topics ranging from Git to distributed systems and is the author of Gradle Beyond the Basics. He tweets as @tlberglund, blogs very occasionally at, and is the cohost of the DevRel Radio podcast. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, with the wife of his youth and their youngest child, the other two having mostly grown up.

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Jakob Lagerstedt
07/23/2014 8:10am PDT

Unsure if it got added. So I’ll double post

Mr berlund has a very pleasing style, similar to Edd Dumbills, both add a certain sense of style to the conference.

He covers data structures competently within the time limits, I learned about a new one so it was useful for me.