Microsoft Press, WA 1999; 393 pages, Index.
Condition: Very Good or a bit better; white glossy hardcover in Very Good white dustjacket & clear acetate glassine jacket protector. Smudges,some shelfwear to jacket, slight spine lean from storage; handwritten date on endpages. Binding tight, pages clean, unmarked.
Keywords: programming languages
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Item DescriptionCONTENTS -- Best Friends; Codes and Combinations; Braille and Binary Codes; Anatomy of a Flashlight; Seeing around Corners; Telegraphs and Relays; Our Ten Digits; Alternatives to Ten; Bit by bit by Bit; Logic and Switches; Gates (not Bill); A Binary Adding Machine; But What about Subtraction; Feedback and Flip-Flops; Bytes and Hex; An Assemblage of Memory; Automation; From Abaci to Chips; Two Classic Microprocessors;
ASCII and a cast of Characters; Get on the Bus; The Operating System; Fixed Point, Floating Point; Languages High and Low; The Graphical Revolution.
'What do flashlights, the British Invasion, black cats and seesaws have to do with computers -- in CODE, they show us the ingenius ways we manipulate language and invent new ways to communicate 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, the author weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who's ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines...' (from the jacket flap).