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A primer on the underlying technologies that allow computer programs to work. Covers topics like computer hardware, combinatorial logic, sequential logic, computer architecture, computer anatomy, and Input/Output. Many coders are unfamiliar with the underlying technologies that make their programs run. But why should you care when your code appears to work? Because you want A primer on the underlying technologies that allow computer programs to work. Covers topics like computer hardware, combinatorial logic, sequential logic, computer architecture, computer anatomy, and Input/Output. Many coders are unfamiliar with the underlying technologies that make their programs run. But why should you care when your code appears to work? Because you want it to run well and not be riddled with hard-to-find bugs. You don't want to be in the news because your code had a security problem. Lots of technical detail is available online but it's not organized or collected into a convenient place. In The Secret Life of Programs, veteran engineer Jonathan E. Steinhart explores--in depth--the foundational concepts that underlie the machine. Subjects like computer hardware, how software behaves on hardware, as well as how people have solved problems using technology over time. You'll learn:   •  How the real world is converted into a form that computers understand, like bits, logic, numbers, text, and colors   •  The fundamental building blocks that make up a computer including logic gates, adders, decoders, registers, and memory   •  Why designing programs to match computer hardware, especially memory, improves performance   •  How programs are converted into machine language that computers understand   •  How software building blocks are combined to create programs like web browsers   •  Clever tricks for making programs more efficient, like loop invariance, strength reduction, and recursive subdivision   •  The fundamentals of computer security and machine intelligence   •  Project design, documentation, scheduling, portability, maintenance, and other practical programming realities. Learn what really happens when your code runs on the machine and you'll learn to craft better, more efficient code.


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A primer on the underlying technologies that allow computer programs to work. Covers topics like computer hardware, combinatorial logic, sequential logic, computer architecture, computer anatomy, and Input/Output. Many coders are unfamiliar with the underlying technologies that make their programs run. But why should you care when your code appears to work? Because you want A primer on the underlying technologies that allow computer programs to work. Covers topics like computer hardware, combinatorial logic, sequential logic, computer architecture, computer anatomy, and Input/Output. Many coders are unfamiliar with the underlying technologies that make their programs run. But why should you care when your code appears to work? Because you want it to run well and not be riddled with hard-to-find bugs. You don't want to be in the news because your code had a security problem. Lots of technical detail is available online but it's not organized or collected into a convenient place. In The Secret Life of Programs, veteran engineer Jonathan E. Steinhart explores--in depth--the foundational concepts that underlie the machine. Subjects like computer hardware, how software behaves on hardware, as well as how people have solved problems using technology over time. You'll learn:   •  How the real world is converted into a form that computers understand, like bits, logic, numbers, text, and colors   •  The fundamental building blocks that make up a computer including logic gates, adders, decoders, registers, and memory   •  Why designing programs to match computer hardware, especially memory, improves performance   •  How programs are converted into machine language that computers understand   •  How software building blocks are combined to create programs like web browsers   •  Clever tricks for making programs more efficient, like loop invariance, strength reduction, and recursive subdivision   •  The fundamentals of computer security and machine intelligence   •  Project design, documentation, scheduling, portability, maintenance, and other practical programming realities. Learn what really happens when your code runs on the machine and you'll learn to craft better, more efficient code.

39 review for The Secret Life of Programs: Understand Computers -- Craft Better Code

  1. 4 out of 5

    Łukasz Słonina

    Interesting position, mainly for programmers starting their carieers, but it would be also valueable for more experienced developers. Very good beginning (theory, hardware) then last chapters are just theory, author perspective on software engineering.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fairul Asannan

    way too tedious. It started ok and then most of the stuff explained here seems to be unfocused and convoluted. I have to google most of them myself since the author explaination either "does not focus to the previous item discussed" or "he only explain it in one sentence". I think author explaination need some more work as i mostly struggle to get by. I actually find myself dragging along while drooling and thinking what the hell is he talking about. The example also seems incomplete and present way too tedious. It started ok and then most of the stuff explained here seems to be unfocused and convoluted. I have to google most of them myself since the author explaination either "does not focus to the previous item discussed" or "he only explain it in one sentence". I think author explaination need some more work as i mostly struggle to get by. I actually find myself dragging along while drooling and thinking what the hell is he talking about. The example also seems incomplete and presented in a hard to understand way i guess the book is only suitable to people with at least 90% knowledge of what he talked about or atleast a com science student. Not for a beginner or self taught programmer at all. or maybe i am just stupid noob.

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