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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 has been a software developer since finding an Apple ][ lurking in a chemistry lab at Argonne National Labs circa 1980. Programming everything from Assembler, and Fortran to C#. He spent a couple of decades doing embedded development with C++ and recently developed applications with TypeScript and React.

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