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Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software Paperback – October 21, 2000
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About the Author
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 book arranges a surprise for you somewhere in each chapter, wherein you realize what you've been learning about is a concrete topic of study. For example: the book teaches you how current passes through a switch and to a light bulb with a simple drawing, then it incrementally builds the diagrams to be more complex, until at some point it's revealed that you know how circuits work, and that you're now fairly familiar with circuit diagrams. From end to end, you begin at Morse code and eventually land on CPU schematics.
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