- Series: Computer Engineering
- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2nd edition (August 5, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072467509
- ISBN-13: 978-0072467505
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits and Gates to C and Beyond 2nd Edition
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This is what I said about the first edition:
... a good introductory book.
I'm a tech writer with a background in the sciences, and used this book in a "Computers from the bottom up" class. We had an excellent teacher, and without her the obscurities of presentation would have defeated several class members.
On the minus side: From a writer's point of view, what is needed is another editing pass to get rid of poor sentence sequences and poorly explained exercises. Also, it's sometimes difficult to follow examples with illustrations on one page and verbal description on another: production values need to be rethought. From a student's point of view, much of the essential information is buried in small print sections, which make the book frustrating to use.
But-- on the plus side, the book, used with the excellent Power Point slides provided online, is the best thing available for a true bottoms-up approach. It discusses the basic logic components and their relationship to Boolean logic, instruction sets, and programming at a basic level. Personally, I found the LC-2 simulator great fun to use, very helpful to my understanding of "how things work".