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Microsoft Press, Nov 30, 2009 - Computers - 400 pages
122 Reviews

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 means of communicating 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.

It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.

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Review: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

User Review  - Rory Armstrong - Goodreads

An exellent book that explained the concepts of system architecture to me in a fun and easy to understand style. The diagrams aren't hard to get to grips with as they are introduced in a gradual pace ... Read full review

Review: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

User Review  - Tracy - Goodreads

Very in-depth on the circuitry and construction of computers, very little on modern programming languages, so not quite what I was expecting. A great historical overview of of computing and related technology. Overall an interesting read. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Charles Petzold has been writing about Windows programming for 25 years. A Windows Pioneer Award winner, Petzold is author of the classic Programming Windows, the widely acclaimed Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, Programming Windows Phone 7, and more than a dozen other books.

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