The real value of Code is in its explanation of technologies that have been obscured for years behind fancy user interfaces and programming environments, which, in the name of rapid application development, insulate the programmer from the machine. In a section on machine language, Petzold dissects the instruction sets of the genre-defining Intel 8080 and Motorola 6800 processors. He walks the reader through the process of performing various operations with each chip, explaining which opcodes poke which values into which registers along the way. Petzold knows that the hidden language of computers exhibits real beauty. In Code, he helps readers appreciate it. --David Wall
Topics covered: Mechanical and electrical representations of words and numbers, number systems, logic gates, performing mathematical operations with logic gates, microprocessors, machine code, memory and programming languages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
This book is required reading for all computer geeks or anyone who wants to know how computers really work.
I honestly had given up on ever finding a book like this- and i'm so glad to know there ARE people out there who want to know how the amazing things around them work!
Most of the explanations are very clear and, since the book starts from the very basic and builds up, it's very easy to understand.
My mother read the cover and immediately said, "That's way beyond me." The shame of this attitude is she will likely not read this wonderful, informative, insightful and... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Austen D. Hoogen
It was a great introduction to programming at the hardware (low) level. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a commonsense introduction to computer programming.Published 5 days ago by Jay J
Not done with the book yet, but a FANTASTIC read! Recommended to anyone, literally ANYONE who wants to know how a computer works.Published 10 days ago by Patrick Osgood
My son was so excited to get this for his birthday. In good shape and on time. Thank you.Published 14 days ago by carol carnes
This book should be required reading for everyone who uses technology. It's clearly written and breaks down the fundamental principles behind computers in a manner that is both... Read morePublished 16 days ago by MW
This is a fun and well written overview of the basic architecture of computers and for the most part is done in a way that is easy for a lay person to follow. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Marcos Szydlo