We agree with decades of conventional wisdom that familiarity with common algorithms and data structures is one of the most empowering aspects of a computer science education. This is also a great place to train one’s general problem solving abilities, which pays off in every other area of technical study.
In this course you will learn a number of important ways to model data (data structures) and answer interesting questions about them (algorithms). We are sure these will prove useful throughout your career. More importantly however, you will develop a stronger ability to understand, break down and solve novel problems, whether inventing your own techniques or repurposing those which we teach you.
This class is oriented around hands-on problem solving. While your instructor will spend some time helping you better understand certain concepts, you will mostly be solving small problems on the whiteboard and by writing code in your language of choice, to build a better intuition for the subject matter. You will also be given practice problems to work on between classes.
This course assumes confident programming ability in any language.
This course will next be taught by
Elliott is an instructor and course developer at Bradfield. Previously he was a tech lead at Triplebyte, where he designed assessments for hiring software engineers, and a senior engineer at Dropbox, where he built a distributed search engine. In addition, he has experience as a mentor for the Google Summer of Code and a tutor at Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning.