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Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software Paperback – October 21, 2000
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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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The build-up from basic relays to a working computer concept is excellent. It really gave me some fresh insight into the connection between logic and hardware.
The latter parts get very heavy into assembly language, and the final couple chapters are dated. The final chapter seems a little hurried, but to the authors credit it's impossible to keep up with the technological advancements in computing and the internet with a print book.
Overall a great book that takes the reader on a great journey of the evolution of electronics and computers.
The author frequently jumps into very important history of technology and people who pioneered the technology, which is not only interesting, but also gives a great angle on the reasons for the way technology has progressed.
I believe this book should be a fun read for someone with very limited experience with computer software and hardware, and perhaps that this should be required reading for anyone interested in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
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