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Code : the hidden language of computer hardware and software

Author: Charles Petzold
Publisher: Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft Press, ©1999.
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"What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new ways to communicate with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity - and our very human compulsion to communicate - have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries." "Using everyday objects and familiar language  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Petzold, Charles, 1953-
Code.
Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft Press, c2000
(OCoLC)606955718
Online version:
Petzold, Charles, 1953-
Code.
Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft Press, c2000
(OCoLC)606955724
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Petzold
ISBN: 073560505X 9780735605053 0735611319 9780735611313
OCLC Number: 42290141
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 393 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Best Friends --
Ch. 2. Codes and Combinations --
Ch. 3. Braille and Binary Codes --
Ch. 4. Anatomy of a Flashlight --
Ch. 5. Seeing Around Corners --
Ch. 6. Telegraphs and Relays --
Ch. 7. Our Ten Digits --
Ch. 8. Alternatives to Ten --
Ch. 9. Bit by Bit by Bit --
Ch. 10. Logic and Switches --
Ch. 11. Gates (Not Bill) --
Ch. 12. A Binary Adding Machine --
Ch. 13. But What About Subtraction? --
Ch. 14. Feedback and Flip-Flops --
Ch. 15. Bytes and Hex --
Ch. 16. An Assemblage of Memory --
Ch. 17. Automation --
Ch. 18. From Abaci to Chips --
Ch. 19. Two Classic Microprocessors --
Ch. 20. ASCII and a Cast of Characters --
Ch. 21. Get on the Bus --
Ch. 22. The Operating System --
Ch. 23. Fixed Point, Floating Point --
Ch. 24. Language High and Low --
Ch. 25. The Graphical Revolution
Responsibility: Charles Petzold.

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"What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new ways to communicate with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity - and our very human compulsion to communicate - have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries." "Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who's ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines."--BOOK JACKET.

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