Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits and Gates to C and Beyond

Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits and Gates to C and Beyond
By Yale N. Patt, Sanjay J. Patel

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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 language and programming methodology.

To understand the computer, the authors introduce the LC-3 and provide the LC-3 Simulator to give students hands-on access for testing what they learn. To develop their understanding of programming and programming methodology, they use the C programming language. The book takes a "motivated" bottom-up approach, where the students first get exposed to the big picture and then start at the bottom and build their knowledge bottom-up. Within each smaller unit, the same motivated bottom-up approach is followed. Every step of the way, students learn new things, building on what they already know. The authors feel that this approach encourages deeper understanding and downplays the need for memorizing. Students develop a greater breadth of understanding, since they see how the various parts of the computer fit together.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #39607 in Books
  • Published on: 2003-08-05
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.40" h x 1.20" w x 7.60" l, 2.58 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 656 pages

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Good introductory book
By Vinz Parker
Good introductory book. I remember using logic gates a while back, and this book explains it fairly well. It is flexible, taking various learning approaches. It can be used by anyone who wants to learn about computer systems, or just needs a good review.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5Much improved 2nd edition
By Amazon Customer
Everything that was good about the first edition is still here, and what was not-so-good has been improved--production values (page layout in particular), explanations.... If you're interested in an excellent bottoms-up approach, here it is!
This is what I said about the first edition:
... a good introductory book.
I'm a tech writer with a background in the sciences, and used this book in a "Computers from the bottom up" class. We had an excellent teacher, and without her the obscurities of presentation would have defeated several class members.
On the minus side: From a writer's point of view, what is needed is another editing pass to get rid of poor sentence sequences and poorly explained exercises. Also, it's sometimes difficult to follow examples with illustrations on one page and verbal description on another: production values need to be rethought. From a student's point of view, much of the essential information is buried in small print sections, which make the book frustrating to use.
But-- on the plus side, the book, used with the excellent Power Point slides provided online, is the best thing available for a true bottoms-up approach. It discusses the basic logic components and their relationship to Boolean logic, instruction sets, and programming at a basic level. Personally, I found the LC-2 simulator great fun to use, very helpful to my understanding of "how things work".

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Bad quality, but worth it
By Amazon Customer
Indian edition. Bad quality, but worth it

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