How Computers Really Work

How Computers Really Work : A Hands-On Guide to the Inner Workings of the Machine

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From Amps to Apps: How Computers Work takes an informal approach to topics often reserved for textbooks. Each chapter covers one foundational aspect of computing. Exercises and hands-on activities throughout are designed to help the reader learn. Exercises mostly involve mental problem solving, while hands-on activities require the reader to actually try various aspects of computing: building a circuit, writing software, and so forth.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 178 x 235 x 30.48mm | 725.75g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 1718500661
  • 9781718500662
  • 32,257

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Computing Concepts
Chapter 2: Binary in Action
Chapter 3: Electrical Circuits
Chapter 4: Digital Circuits
Chapter 5: Math with Digital Circuits
Chapter 6: Memory and Clock Signals
Chapter 7: Computer Hardware
Chapter 8: Machine Code and Assembly Language
Chapter 9: High Level Programming
Chapter 10: Operating Systems
Chapter 11: The Internet
Chapter 12: The World Wide Web
Chapter 13: Modern Computing
Appendix A: Answers to Exercises
Appendix B: Setting Up
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Review quote

"Much more understandable than most books of this type, even when the author delves deeply into machine code, programming languages, operating systems and the internet. He details 41 hands-on projects, including games, running a web server, and so on. It's just right for the would-be software engineer."
-Joy Schwabach, Arkansas Democrat Gazette's On Computers
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About Matthew Justice

Matthew Justice, a software engineer, spent 17 years at Microsoft where his work included debugging the Windows kernel, developing automated fixes, and leading a team of engineers building diagnostic tools and services. He has worked on everything from low-level software to high-level web applications.
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