Code (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/10/11
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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.
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.
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.