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TPDP Episode #28: Coding Bootcamps vs Traditional Computer Science Degrees

I am pleased to announce that the 28th episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast titled, Coding Bootcamps vs Traditional Computer Science Degrees, has been released to all of the major podcast networks!

In this episode I’m joined by Ben Nelson, founder of Lambda School, an increasingly popular coding bootcamp and an alternative approach to a Computer Science degree that you’d typically get at a four year or more institution. The topic that we discuss is around coding bootcamps in general, not limited to Lambda School, and how they could be beneficial for new developers attempting to enter the workforce.

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The Fibonacci Sequence Printed With Golang

I figured I would change it up a bit and get into the basics of Golang and common Computer Science study material taught in school, but often used in software engineering type positions. We’re going to revisit a post I wrote back in 2015 regarding the Fibonacci number and generating the sequence in JavaScript. This time I figured it would be useful to walk through how to accomplish the same using the Go programming language.

Why do I want to talk about Fibonacci related material?

Well, it is a good way to learn about a development language such as Golang and like I said previously, it would benefit you as a refresher when it comes to interviewing for a job.

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Sort An Integer Array With the Quicksort Algorithm And Java

Circling back to data structures and algorithms, we’re now going to take a look at the efficient sorting algorithm known as Quicksort.

Quicksort via Wikipedia:

Sometimes called partition-exchange sort, is an efficient sorting algorithm, serving as a systematic method for placing the elements of an array in order.

The idea behind Quicksort is to take a large array of values and divide it into two smaller arrays, doing this recursively, and swapping elements.

This is one of the fundamental algorithms you’ll learn in any computer science course. It is also a very good question that could be asked in a job interview for an engineering type position. I’m going to help you through it using Java.

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