Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
👋 I'm Levi. Ten years ago I was an art student. Now I'm a CS graduate and full-time software developer. Most recently, I've worked for Amazon building Alexa and I'm currently a full-stack developer for Zillow.
What do you have against Leetcode?
Leetcode is a great tool for practicing coding questions. But if it takes you 250 Leetcode "mediums" to prepare yourself to interview, you're doing it wrong. That's like having to retake Calculus four times because you didn't pay attention in Algebra.
Nail the basics. Then build on that foundation.
What data structures and algorithms are in the book?
Data Structures: Array, Linked List, Stack, Queue, Map/Dictionary/Hash Table, Trie, Binary Search Tree and Graph
Algorithms: Selection Sort, Insertion Sort, Merge Sort, Quick Sort, Heap Sort, Bucket Sort, Linear Search, Binary Search, Breadth-First Search, Depth-First Search and Dikstra's
🧐 Every coloring page is proofread by a developer from Google, Amazon, Facebook or another fancy company. Want to be a CCB proofreader? Email me.
Does this book teach me [how to code | how to speak | how to write a resume]?
No. This book will help you study data structures and algorithms. The book alone does not teach any programming language or framework. It's a complement to other educational tools and is part of this complete breakfast:
🍳 Interview Cake
🥑 Cracking the Coding Interview
🍞 Soft Skills
🥛 The Coder’s Coloring Book
Isn't there more to coding than algorithms and aren't whiteboarding interviews "bad"?
Just as you shouldn’t rely on only one study technique, companies shouldn’t rely on only whiteboarding. It serves everyone best when combined with a variety of approaches. Lynne Tye (founder of Key Values) gathered thoughts on this topic from hiring managers at several prominent tech companies.
What skill level is this book for?
If you've never seen code or don't know what a data structure is, you're not quite ready for this book.
If you're somewhat familiar with data structures and have written a little code, you need this book. It will make things click.
If you're a C.S. grad or full-time programmer looking to brush up, you'll want this book too. No need to hunt down your old textbooks.
If you just want to color some nerdy diagrams, by all means pick it up.
I suck at coloring. Can I just get a pre-colored version?
I guess... but that would kind of defeat the purpose. You'd be surprised at your coloring skills if you give it shot. Check out these beta testers’ work. One day I might print pre-colored posters so feel free to email me.
When will the book be available?
I'm planning to open pre-orders in Spring 2019. To get notified when it's ready join the email list! 👇