I agree with the pseudo coding, often I can just pull the logic example right out of the book and have a working version to play with. I also find it's allowing me to more easily grasp the root concept and not get caught up in the perculiarities of a specific machine/platform as seen in many of the C/C++ answers in the books.
I only put that in there because I asked a like question in a different forum and got all sorts of "use C++" or "use LISP" answers.
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