If you backed into software as a career like me (thanks physics degree!), you may not have a firm grounding in basic computer science concepts. This can be hard to gain during your work week, as clients care far more about feature delivery than they do about which data structure you used.

However, having an intuitive sense of how computers work and what basic algorithms and data structures are can enrich your experience as a developer. Why? For the same reason understanding how to grow peas lets you appreciate a fine meal–understanding fundamentals lets you peer down through abstractions and appreciate what you are building on top of.

There are plenty of intro articles and books out there, but I recently stumbled across basecs and have been enjoying it.

The author starts from the beginning (what is binary), covers various data structures and algorithms, and ends with a discussion of just in time compilation. Her prose is comprehensible and she adds illustrations which complement the text.

If you are a developer without fundamentals, like me, you may enjoy this year long series on the basics of computer science.

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