- Paperback: 872 pages
- Publisher: Doone Pubns (August 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965193403
- ISBN-13: 978-0965193405
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bebop Bytes Back: An Unconventional Guide to Computers Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Not so with this book. Funny and brutally succinct.
On the downside, the software that it comes with may be showing its age; I think it was meant to run on Windows 95. I'm sure it works just fine in Wine. The chowder is pretty good too.
The Bebop books are not like that at all. The authors have really done an amazing job, carefully explaining complex concepts, and building on them in a methodical way that is extremely conducive to learning. I actually feel as though I have a "Mentor" looking over my shoulder, guiding me through unknown territory. Also, their sense of humor is great! I find myself chuckling over the various little one-liners that are interspersed throughout the text. They are a welcome relief to what could otherwise be a dry and somber subject matter. Plus, the Multimedia presentations are professional quality!
If you are interested in learning computers at the digital logic level, the microprogramming level, the conventional machine level, and the assembly language level, but would rather have fun doing it, then this book is for you!
As the authors say, this is a mega-cool book; it's lots of fun, and is technical enough to satisfy the most serious budding programmers.
the annoying beige box on your desk, this is a really
good way to find out. If you've got some computer
background and you want to pick up some interesting
stuff about where these things came from, this is
also a darned good read.
The book on its own
is neat enough, but there is a CD thrown in which
is at least as good. You are provided with a
simulation of a computer which you can play with
on your PC (Windows 95 only). This computer can
be given programs to run and you can watch what
happens. This is a *lot* more fun than it sounds.
There are also some good multimedia excursions
into this and that, and the whole thing is carried off
with a great deal of panache (and awful jokes).
I teach computing to undergraduate students. I
am going to use Bebop on my next course. I am
expecting my students to enjoy it