Code: the hidden language of computer hardware and software

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Microsoft Press, Oct 18, 2000 - Computers - 393 pages
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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 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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User Review  - ilokhov - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful book for those interested in how computers function but lacking formal education in the subject. The beauty of "Code" is that it goes back to the very beginnings of computing and ... Read full review

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More or less the complete history of the computer, with instructions on how to build one from scratch included. A great read!

Contents

Chapter One Best Friends
3
Chapter Two Codes and Combinations
9
Chapter Three Braille and Binary Codes
15
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Charles Petzold wrote the classic Programming Windows®, which is currently in its fifth edition and one of the best-known and widely used programming books of all time. He was honored in 1994 with the Windows Pioneer Award, presented by Microsoft® founder Bill Gates and Windows Magazine. He has been programming with Windows since first obtaining a beta Windows 1.0 SDK in the spring of 1985, and he wrote the very first magazine article on Windows programming in 1986. Charles is an MVP for Client Application Development and the author of several other books including Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software.

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