Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.

Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines.

It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.

Title:Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735611313
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    Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software Reviews

  • Craig

    I'll be honest. I only read this book because it was quoted as a must read by Joel Spolsky on a stackexchange answer about how to go about learning programming (and finding out if you want/should be a...

  • Naessens

    My opinion on this book is really divided : on the one hand I enjoy some chapters, on the other hand I hardly managed to restrain myself from flipping through other chapters. Basically, this book desi...

  • Cardinal Biggles

    Raise your hand if you think metaphors and analogies should be used sparingly. I'll raise my hand with you. This book is for us.After reading this book, I can see behind the pixels on my computer scre...

  • Mike

    Electricity is like nothing else in this universe, and we must confront it on it's own terms. That sentence, casually buried near the beginning of the book, exemplifies the engineer's muse: a striving...

  • Yevgeniy Brikman

    Every single person in tech should read this book. Or if you're just interested in tech. Or if you just want a basic appreciation of one of the most important technologies in human history—the compu...

  • Alex Palcuie

    If you work with computers and didn't read this book, you are lame....

  • Igor Ljubuncic

    This is a great book. Surprisingly interesting.While the subject matter is not a new thing to me - far from it - the way the author goes about telling the story of how modern computers came to life is...

  • Lynn

    I have been an IT professional for 20 years, but I never knew what the switches on the front panel of the Altar computer were for. I do now.In fact, because of this book, I know many things about how ...

  • Jan Martinek

    What a ride! A book about computers “without pictures of trains carrying a cargo of zeroes and ones” — the absolute no-nonsense book on the internals of the computer. From circuits with a batter...

  • Miranda Sikorsky

    It is a great book, I demystified some thoughts I had about software architecture....