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Bit by Bit
Ecy Femi King


June 2024
168 pages.

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Paperback ISBN: 9781503638761

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Originally designed as an educational supplement for the renowned Stanford courses Computer Science 106A and 106B, Bit by Bit is a comic-style resource that uses fractal grids, custom-drawn characters, and fun graphics as a visually immersive introduction to the key concepts of beginner coding, learning pedagogy, education, and visual thinking.

Bit by Bit takes readers on a journey that encompasses the full scope of both courses; beginning with the chief elements and fundamentals of programming such as functions, variables, and integers; carrying readers through the basics of Python and C++ into the conceptual world of efficiency and recursion; and walking them through collections of linked data structures. Throughout each section, course and Stanford alum Ecy Femi King is there to guide, cajole, and assist, simultaneously providing useful tips to encourage maximum knowledge absorption and engaging commentary for readers at every level. In short, this book is more than just a cohesive "study buddy" for introductory Stanford courses. Rather, it delivers a far-reaching guide of both pedagogical interest and practical use to students, educators, and researchers worldwide.

About the author

Ecy Femi King received her BS (with distinction) in Symbolic Systems, with a concentration in Human-Centered AI, and is currently pursuing a masters in Computer Science (HCI), both at Stanford. King was senior class president, a CS198 class section leader, and a member of the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is a regular contributor to the Stanford Daily.

"Stanford graduate student King presents a novel and fun way to visualize and understand fundamental programming concepts [which] can serve as a supplement to any college-level introductory computer science course. Using a cute cast of characters and simple code examples from Python and C++, King illustrates how variables, conditional statements, loops, and other abstract programming constructs work. [O]ne will come away from these pages with a better appreciation of computer science principles that can be applied across a wide swath of programming languages."

—Nancy Powell, Booklist