Charles Petzold



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Code

4.38 avg rating — 4,746 ratings — published 1999 — 15 editions
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The Annotated Turing: A Gui...

4.18 avg rating — 658 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Programming Windows

4.08 avg rating — 237 ratings — published 1998 — 13 editions
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Applications = Code + Marku...

3.61 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1899 — 7 editions
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Creating Mobile Apps with X...

4.04 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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Programming Microsoft®  Win...

3.56 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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Programming Windows 95

3.84 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Programming Windows® Phone 7

3.60 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2010
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Programming in the Key of C...

3.53 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2003
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3D Programming for Windows

3.45 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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“Code is not like other how-computers-work books. It doesn't have big color illustrations of disk drives with arrows showing how the data sweeps into the computer. Code has no drawings of trains carrying a cargo of zeros and ones. Metaphors and similes are wonderful literary devices but they do nothing but obscure the beauty of technology.”
Charles Petzold, Code

“In 1948, while working for Bell Telephone Laboratories, he published a paper in the Bell System Technical Journal entitled "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" that not only introduced the word bit in print but established a field of study today known as information theory. Information theory is concerned with transmitting digital information in the presence of noise (which usually prevents all the information from getting through) and how to compensate for that. In 1949, he wrote the first article about programming a computer to play chess, and in 1952 he designed a mechanical mouse controlled by relays that could learn its way around a maze. Shannon was also well known at Bell Labs for riding a unicycle and juggling simultaneously.”
Charles Petzold, Code

“We could just as reasonably base our number system on eight (if we were cartoon characters) or four (if we were lobsters) or even two (if we were dolphins).”
Charles Petzold, Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

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