Computer Science Essentials

When I wrote The Imposter’s Handbook series I knew I wanted a set of videos to go with them. I hit record and haven’t stopped since. The first video series (Season 1) has 17 videos on core concepts/skills. The second video series is still in production with 8 completed and 5 more planned (at least).

I’m not stopping there, however. I will keep adding to this collection as time goes on. It’s too much fun! I hope you enjoy what you see…


The Basics of Logic

Let’s jump right in at the only place we can: the very begining, diving into the perfectly obvious and terribly argumentative 'rules of logic'.

7 minutes


Boolean Algebra

You're George Boole, a self-taught mathematician and somewhat of a genius. You want to know what God's thinking so you decide to take Aristotle's ideas of logic and go 'above and beyond' to include mathematical proofs.

15 minutes


Binary Mathematics

This is a famous interview question: 'write a routine that adds two positive integers and do it without using mathematic operators'. Turns out you can do this using binary!

14 minutes


Bitwise Operators

This is a famous interview question: 'write a routine that adds two positive integers and do it without using mathematic operators'. Turns out you can do this using binary!

14 minutes


Logical Negation

We've covered how to add binary numbers together, but how do you subtract them? For that, you need a system for recognizing a number as negative and a few extra rules. Those rules are one's and two's complement.

11 minutes


Entropy and Quantifying Information

Now that we know how to use binary to create switches and digitally represent information we need to ask the obvious question: 'is this worthwhile'? Are we improving things and if so, how much?

16 minutes


Encoding and Lossless Compression

Claude Shannon showed us how to change the way we encode things in order to increase efficiency and speed up information trasmission. We see how in this video.

27 minutes


Correcting Errors in a Digital Transmission, Part 1

There are *always* errors during the transmission of information, digital or otherwise. Whether it's written (typos, illegible writing), spoken (mumbling, environment noise) or digital (flipped bits), we have to account for and fix these problems.

15 minutes


Functional Programming

Functional programming builds on the concepts developed by Church when he created Lambda Calculus. We'll be using Elixir for this one, which is a wonderful language to use when discovering functional programming for the first time

21 minutes


Lambda Calculus

Before their were computers or programming languages, Alonzo Church came up with a set of rules for working with functions, what he termed lambdas. These rules allow you to compute anything that can be computed.

20 minutes


Database Normalization

How does a spreadsheet become a highly-tuned set of tables in a relational system? There are rules for this - the rules of normalization - which is an essential skill for any developer working with data

33 minutes


Big O Notation

Understanding Big O has many real world benefits, aside from passing a technical interview. In this post I'll provide a cheat sheet and some real world examples.


Arrays and Linked Lists

The building block data structures from which so many others are built. Arrays are incredibly simple - but how much do you know about them? Can you build a linked list from scratch?

20 minutes


Stacks, Queues and Hash Tables

You can build all kinds of things using the flexibility of a linked list. In this video we'll get to know a few of the more common data structures that you use every day.

6 minutes


Trees, Binary Trees and Graphs

The bread and butter of technical interview questions. If you're going for a job at Google, Microsoft, Amazon or Facebook - you can be almost guaranteed to be asked a question that used a binary tree of some kind.

7 minutes


Basic Sorting Algorithms

You will likely *never* need to implement a sorting algorithm - but understanding how they work could come in handy at some point. Interviews and workarounds for framework problems come to mind.

13 minutes


DFS, BFS and Binary Tree Search

You now know all about trees and graphs - but how do you use them? With search and traversal algorithms of course! This is the next part you'll need to know when you're asked a traversal question in an interview. And you will be.

14 minutes


Dynamic Programming and Fibonnaci

Dynamic programming gives us a way to elegantly create algorithms for various problems and can greatly improve the way you solve problems in your daily work. It can also help you ace an interview.

9 minutes


Calculating Prime Numbers

The use of prime numbers is everywhere in computer science... in fact you're using them right now to connect to this website, read your email and send text messages.

5 minutes


Graph Traversal: Bellman Ford

How can you traverse a graph ensuring you take the route with the lowest cost? The Bellman-Ford algorithm will answer this question.

8 minutes


Graph Traversal: Djikstra

Bellman-Ford works well but it takes too long and your graph can't have cycles. Djikstra solved this problem with an elegant solution.

8 minutes