Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software : 9780735611313

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9780735611313
ISBN 10
 
0735611319
Published
 
11/10/2000
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
400
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
Book
$40.99
 
 
Title type
 
$33.99
 
 
Description

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.

Author biography

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.