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Field Guide to Binary

by Tod Gentille

Binary and all alternate numbering systems work in the same ways as the decimal system. In this course, you'll explore binary and hexadecimal, and transition through alternate numbering systems to strip away the magic.

What you'll learn

Are you familiar with binary numbers but don’t know precisely what they are, or how they work? In this course, Field Guide to Binary, you'll dive into the fundamental concepts of binary using the math you’ve always known. First, you'll explore the decimal (base 10) numbering system. Next, you'll discover exactly how to translate from binary to decimal. Finally, you’ll learn why Unicode and RGB color values use those unique sequences of numbers and letters. By the end of this course, you'll have the fundamental knowledge necessary to demystify binary and hexadecimal in your everyday work.

About the author

Tod is a Senior Software Engineer at Pluralsight. In the past, Tod specialized in business database applications and embedded software for limited-production laboratory instruments. These days he’s mostly working in Node.js creating TypeScript based solutions. Tod has been happily married and living in Southern California for almost as long as he’s been programming.

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