Join the folks at the London Ruby User Group for talks on 'Patterns & Antipatterns in Teaching' and 'Adventures with Data Structures and Algorithms'
Hola amigos! We need to have a chat about data structures and algorithms. I’ve been messing around with them on-and-off over the past few years and I believe you’ll find spending more time learning them valuable. Here’s what I’m going to talk about:
- Why you should bother learning about them at all, especially if you think you won’t use them at work.
- Some fun examples of data structures/algos you’ve heard of (and probably some you haven’t) and how they’re put to work in software you use every day.
- Ways of learning them that I’ve found to be fun and effective.
I swear in the name of Knuth that there shall be no mention of big-o notation or sorting algorithms. Also, I will attempt a live demo of one of the algos using the SATR[$] transport protocol. It probably won’t work if you are good at the maths and feeling mischievous.
[$]: SATR – Shout Across The Room
Najaf Alii is a former developer who runs a small technical consultancy called Happy Bear Software.