March 25, 2020
It is the end of the Base.cs series, so we answer some of your questions and take a look back at some of our favorite moments!
March 18, 2020
This episode is going to make you want to dance the JIT-ter Bug.
March 11, 2020
What are you going to choose, compilation or interpretation?
March 4, 2020
We get into abstract syntax trees, (usually just referred to as an AST), which is really nothing more than a simplified, condensed version of a parse tree.
February 26, 2020
We phase into understanding compilers by getting into phase one of how compilers work: lexical analysis.
February 19, 2020
What exactly is a the computer version of a “sentence”? And how do we go about diagramming it, exactly?
February 12, 2020
In our last episode we were a little disappointed that our salesperson was traveling in factorial time, so now we are speeding them up!
February 5, 2020
Make your salesperson the most efficient around by using the Hamiltonian path.
December 11, 2019
Get the memo and memoize!
December 4, 2019
"I will not repeat myself again." - Dynamic Programming
November 27, 2019
"I will not repeat myself again." - Dynamic Programming
November 20, 2019
We use Dijkstra's algorithm to find the shortest path from one node to another in a complicated house-shaped graph. Also, Viadahi sings us a song.
November 13, 2019
To get from one point to any other point in a graph, make Dijkstra your weapon of choice.
November 6, 2019
DAG-nabbit! Don't forget to check whether or not a graph is a directed acyclic graph.
October 29, 2019
Traversing through a graph is pretty edgy.
October 23, 2019
To go about coding the depth-first search algorithm (DFS), we revisit an old friend: adjacency lists.
October 16, 2019
When going through a maze, hitting a dead end isn't always a bad thing, especially in depth-first search (DFS).
September 11, 2019
Take a deep breath as we dive into breadth-first search, a super nifty graph traversing algorithm, which gives the shortest way to get from one node to another.
September 4, 2019
Adjacency lists are the new type of hybrid you're going to want to be driving around your code.
August 28, 2019
We tackle representing graphs and the parts that make it up.
August 21, 2019
You won't want to miss the buzz about b-trees, the general version of a 2-3 tree, and a super efficient data storing tree structure.
August 14, 2019
We dive into a tree data structure that can contain more than one key, which is unlike any tree structure we've covered so far. It is also the reason for their name: 2-3 tree.
August 7, 2019
If you thought self-balancing AVL trees were cool, just wait till you learn about red-black trees, which also run in logarithmic time!
July 31, 2019
Listen and learn about a pattern that you can use to figure out the minimum number of nodes we’ll need to create any height-balanced AVL tree, how it leads us to the Fibonacci sequence, and the golden ratio.
July 24, 2019
We look at the earliest version of the height-balanced tree concept: the AVL tree.
June 19, 2019
Take a listen as our binary "dog" barks up the PATRICIA tree.
June 12, 2019
Recycle, reuse, reduce your space by compressing your tries and creating radix trees.
June 5, 2019
"Do or do not, there is no tries...wait, yes we're still talking tries."
May 29, 2019
Branch out with us into the tree-like data structure that is tries.
May 22, 2019
We're getting to the root of where sorting algorithms began with radix sort ("radix" is latin for "root," this is a funny joke I assure you).
May 15, 2019
We are nearing the end of our deep-dive into sorting algorithms, and looking at the beautiful efficiency of counting sort.
May 1, 2019
We dig into how heaps are presented as arrays.
April 3, 2019
We talk about how to add and remove values from a heap with the help of a few cats.
March 27, 2019
What are heaps? How are they related to binary trees? We use losers, winners, and some cards to help us get to the bottom of heaps!
March 20, 2019
How does quicksort perform? And how do variables, like the pivot number, affect it? We walk through three examples to find out!
March 13, 2019
We learn all about our second divide and conquer algorithm, quick sort! We walk through how it works with help from a queendom, a few pointers, and a very helpful pivot number.
March 5, 2019
Finally, a sorting algorithm that doesn't suck! We explore how merge sort works and why it performs better than insertion, bubble, and selection sort.
February 27, 2019
We dig into how insertion sort works, how we know where to do our inserting, and how this sorting algorithm performs, all with the help of our new boos.
February 20, 2019
We are super bubbly about bubble sort! We dig into our second sorting algorithm and break down how it works and why it's actually not a great way of sorting things.
February 13, 2019
What is selection sort and how does it work? We use broken books and cookies to tell you all about it!
December 19, 2018
In our season finale, we're wrapping up our sorting algorithm classifications with two final categories: recursive vs. non-recursive and comparison vs. non-comparison. And we throw in some tomatoes, just for good measure.
December 12, 2018
What does it mean for a sorting algorithm to be "stable"? What about it being internal or external? We explore two more ways to classify sorting algorithms with the help of a few Michaels.
December 5, 2018
What's a sorting algorithm, and how do we categorize them? We dig into the six ways to classify them and explore why they're so important.
November 28, 2018
Sets are everywhere, and you're probably already working with them! We talk about how they're actually implemented and how well they perform.
November 21, 2018
If you know about venn diagrams, then you basically know set theory! We explain how the two are related and connect it back to computer science with the help of some of our favorite foods.
November 14, 2018
The Brians still need their own tables! We resolve our collision with a new strategy: chaining.
November 7, 2018
What do you do when you're in a hash table, and two pieces of data get assigned the same spot?! You've got a collision, and you need a resolution! We dig into one strategy to resolve a collision, and make sure each data has a spot.
October 31, 2018
In our intro to hash tables, we use books, pizza toppings, and fridge operators to break down how hash tables work and what makes them so awesome.
October 10, 2018
How does breadth-first search actually work? And how do you know whether you should use that, or depth-first search? And what's the Big O notation for BFS anyway? Let's find out!
October 3, 2018
We are getting in line, or enqueuing, for breadth-first search! We walk through the steps and compare the process to depth-first search.
September 25, 2018
How does depth-first search perform in terms of Big O notation? And how do you actually implement it, in coding terms? Let's find out!
September 19, 2018
Let's dig into another depth-first search strategy: inorder! This time, we walk through a numerical example, traversing the tree with fresh, animated voices and a broken washing machine.
September 12, 2018
We dive into depth-first search by exploring our first of three strategies: preorder! Let's walk through an example step-by-step and get to know members of Saron's fictitious tree family along the way.
September 5, 2018
How are algorithms related to brownies? And how do we navigate through the nodes of a tree when implementing depth-first search?
August 29, 2018
We use a triangle to trace simple paths and finally get to the bottom of the seven bridges problem that helped launch graph theory.
August 22, 2018
We go all the way back to 1735 to a place called Königsberg. It had seven bridges and a tricky math problem that led to the creation of graph theory.
April 4, 2018
We explore what graphs are, how to define them, and how they're related to discrete mathematics.
March 28, 2018
What does it mean for an algorithm to be logarithmic? We revisit Big O notation, this time in the context of binary search.
March 21, 2018
If you've heard of binary trees, you've probably heard of binary search. But how does a binary search algorithm actually work? And do you have to have binary trees, or can you use it on other things?
March 14, 2018
We dig into binary trees. What makes a tree binary, and why are they so popular in computer science? And how do you implement one?
March 7, 2018
We explore the world (forest?) of trees even further! We learn what a tree's depth and height are, why they're important, and why unbalanced trees can cause computational problems.
February 28, 2018
What's in a tree? And why do they always seem to pop up in computer science? We dig into the different parts of a tree, and how certain "tree truths" make them so special.
February 21, 2018
Where do we see queues in real life? We explore how queues are used in different parts of the tech stack, and help us do things like send email, create animations, and manage requests. A huge thank you to Twilio for sponsoring this season of the show!
February 14, 2018
What's in a queue? And how does it relate to stacks? We explore what they do, how they work, and how to implement them. Based on Vaidehi Joshi's blog post, "To Queue or Not to Queue". A huge thank you to Twilio for sponsoring this season of the show!
December 13, 2017
Where do you see stacks in real life? We look at how browser histories, call stacks, and undo/redo functionality in blogging are implementations of a stack. We also dig into what exactly a stack is made of and how it operates.
December 6, 2017
Stack Overflow is an awesome resource, but it's also a real life technical thing! We dig into what causes a stack overflow and unpack the rules of creating and working with stacks.
November 29, 2017
Big O Notation can be scary. But it doesn't have to be! We unpack this popular cs topic and show you how to use it to evaluate different data structures (like linked lists!) and make better programming decisions.
November 22, 2017
You may be familiar with arrays and hashes and variables, but how much do you know about linked lists? We dig into what they are, how they work, and the pros and cons of using this popular data structure.
November 17, 2017
Vaidehi and Saron walk through how to count in hexes, discuss where we might see the hexadecimal system in real life, and breakdown the math that makes number 16 so special.
November 15, 2017
Vaidehi and Saron walk through how to count in hexes, discuss where we might see the hexadecimal system in real life, and breakdown the math that makes number 16 so special.
November 9, 2017
Vaidehi and Saron explore how encoding works and talk through some popular encoding schemes like ASCII, unicode, and base64.
November 7, 2017
We give you a beginner-friendly breakdown of how to count in binary (with some fun counting challenges you can join in on!), how it relates to bits and bytes, and why it's important for us to know as developers.
October 29, 2017
CodeNewbie is teaming up with the incredible Vaidehi Joshi to turn her base.cs blog series into an awesome podcast. Listen to a clip from the first episode, coming out Nov 8. Make sure to subscribe!
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