[Athen] RE: computer science symbols in Word or ?

Paul E. Paire paire at temple.edu
Tue Feb 11 06:51:52 PST 2014


Your request was for software which can be used to visually create a linked list... one exists but I don't know if it's going to suit your needs well as I don't know how accessible the software is.

http://www.comscigate.com/cs/cs2.htm Look for the section titled "Visual Automated Linked List". Download the links from the cs2.htm page, don't follow the other links (the software has vanished from the original host, and this is the only page I've found which still hosts it.) The software will allow you to create and save a linked list (though it doesn't seem to give you the option to print it - though a screen shot may work, and I don't know how complex you can get with it - I don't see how to create a doubly linked list.)

Here's what it looks like:
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Alternately you may look at Visio they have a 'program structure' set of templates:
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However I wasn't able to find out how to easily create the linked lists that they show in the template preview (it's Visio, what can I say.)

Instead you can use the basic shapes (boxes, lines, and arrows) in Word/PowerPoint to do the same thing (and it's a heck of a lot easier):
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(just take the arrow shape and turn the head into a ball instead of an arrow or null)

I hope this helps.


From: athen-list-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Linda Petty
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:59 PM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Athen] computer science symbols in Word or ?

I have a student who is majoring in math and computer sci., and needs to do his work on the computer, rather than by hand.
He needs to be able to make "Linked Lists" in computer science, which use some unusual symbols. I've gone thru Inspiration and MathType, as well as Word symbols, but cannot find them- here is the Wikipedia example- boxes with lines in them, essentially.

"In computer science<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science>, a linked list is a data structure<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_structure> consisting of a group of nodes<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Node_%28computer_science%29> which together represent a sequence. Under the simplest form, each node is composed of a datum and a reference<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_%28computer_science%29> (in other words, a link) to the next node in the sequence; more complex variants add additional links. This structure allows for efficient insertion or removal of elements from any position in the sequence.
A linked list whose nodes contain two fields: an integer value and a link to the next node. The last node is linked to a terminator used to signify the end of the list.

Is anyone aware of how to insert these, or software to make this process easier?

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