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"Introduction to Computing Systems: From bits & gates to C & beyond," now in its second edition, is designed to give students a better understanding of computing early in their college careers in order to give them a stronger foundation for later courses. The book is in two parts: (a) the underlying structure of a computer, and (b) programming in a high level langu ...more
Hardcover, 656 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math (first published 1999)
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Dec 08, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it
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Ever wanted to know how your computer really works? This textbook is really easy to read and does a thorough job of moving from transistors to gates to memory to assembly to the C programming language! The exercise questions are very challenging and will really make you think about how CPUs implement certain commands. This is a very enlightening book and it's probably the few textbooks I've read that I enjoyed reading.
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Feb 14, 2012 Wayland He rated it it was amazing
I took the class but only touched on the bare basics 2 years ago. I then reread this book again because I felt like I didn't have a strong understanding of computer systems. I was able to understand everything and it helped me immensely in the upper division classes I'm taking this year. I recommend this book to anyone who is self-teaching themselves because it also comes with solutions to the problems online.
Dec 04, 2011 Victoria rated it did not like it
This book is not helpful. The first chapter was great, but it went downhill after that. I find it hard to read because it is full of technical language. The LC-3 programs it shows aren't great examples either. There must be something better than this.
Dwight Walker
Low level analysis of computer architecture.
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I don't know if it's due to the nature of the subject, but in any case, this book was surprisingly well-structured. What used to be magic to me has now been reduced to bits and pieces that I can actually understand. The LC-3 is fantastic toy and explanatory device; I'm glad they included it. It's is the most enjoyable textbook I've consumed.

Philosophers should read this as a less controversial lesson in reductionism than neuroscience.
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