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The Elements of Computing Systems (TECS)

  • Nov 28, 2012 · 8:00 PM

The Elements of Computing Systems (TECS) is an introduction (or refresher) on the basics of Computer Science. It's an exciting course that begins with binary logic gates but works up, one layer at a time, to building high-level programming languages and operating systems. That probably sound ambitious, especially for a one-semester course, however I assure you that it will be fun and easy. The book we'll follow breaks down a complicated topic into twelve easily digestible layers of abstraction which are fundamental to understanding how and why computers work the way they do.

This course is appropriate for all ages and experience levels, however I recommend that participants have some prior programming experience.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I liked it! first time and you guys are great!

    November 30, 2012

  • Jordan C.

    I haven't attended any sessions yet. Is it okay for me to drop in tonight, 11/28, midway through the class?

    November 28, 2012

    • Jordan C.

      Ben, thanks for extending an invitation to me for tonight. I had been very excited to attend, but I unexpectedly was detained at work tonight until 9pm, by which point I assumed that the class would be wrapping up. I would like to make the next one though and intend on being there early. Could you tell me when the next one is being held, the cost of the class, and its duration (e.g. 1.5 hours?)?

      November 28, 2012

    • Ben M.

      Hi Jordan, the next class will be held next Wednesday (same place and time). There is no cost, classes at HacDC are free and open the public, but I would encourage you to donate to HacDC if you enjoy the class. There class is about 1-1.5 hours long, but I typically stay for as long as people have questions or discussions (on or off topic).

      November 29, 2012

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