Hi! Welcome...

Happy you've dropped by and that you're curious about what's going on here. This site is relatively new and I'm hoping, with your help, to make it a fun spot to refresh your CS skills.

WHAT IS THIS?

This site is dedicated to helping people learn (or relearn) the fundamental skills, theory and concepts of Computer Science and programming in general. I add to it semi-regularly, filling in videos about:

  • Computer Science and Theory
  • Programming Concepts and Skills (Gang of Four, Structural Design, Database Theory, Unix essentials, etc)
  • Career topics such as interviewing and solo contracting
  • Compelling and interesting new frameworks and data storage “stuff”

There’s a LOT to cover - it’s exciting!

SO, WHO ARE YOU?

I’m Rob Conery, author of The Imposter’s Handbook, A Curious Moon *and co-founder of Tekpub.com, one of the very first online video learning sites for developers. I am the creator and co-host of *This Developer’s Life* with Scott Hanselman and I’ve spun up quite a few open source projects. I’m an explorer - not an expert. I love digging into concepts and ideas and then sharing what I’ve learned - making videos and helping people. So I decided to create a site focused on what I like to call *The Essentials, that’s where you are right now.

HAVE A LOOK AT THE FREE STUFF

There’s a lot of content here so I put together a sampler that I am hoping gives you an idea as to my style - in terms of both visual and storytelling. I hate hate hate boring videos where the author repeats themselves 10 times over as you stare at the same slide with a square on it. My goal is to entertain you as much as to inform you.

SEARCH THE CATALOG

If you’re just poking around, maybe have a look at everything and filter on a topic you like. It’s a fuzzy search so enter a term you’re looking for and hopefully you’ll find it - there’s a lot in here!

FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT

At the bottom of each video is a list of recommended next videos:

Have a click there and follow the rabbit down the hole! These recommendations are based on tags, something I might tweak from time to time. Have a suggestion? Happy to oblige - just drop me an email (rob at bigmachine.io).

GETTING AROUND

There’s a menu at the top of the site:

You’ll see all of the tags and playlists here and you can click them any time. It’s even responsive! I read up on CSS like a Big Person :).

SUGGESTIONS?

Computer Science is a massive field and I’d love to keep going, making more videos and writing more fun posts. If you have a suggestion, just drop me a line (rob at bigmachine.io) and I’ll queue it up if I 1) have time and 2) makes sense for the site. Either way, I’ll respond quickly.