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: #7914 in Books
  • Published on: 2003-08-05
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.40" h x .10" w x 7.60" l, 2.58 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 656 pages

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Saved me over $100
By Adam Howell
The text is exactly the same as the US version (aside from a few things on the title page). The only other difference is the lack of color and a lower quality printing. The pages look like they were made with an office photocopier instead of an industrial-grade printer. Some of the words aren't as dark as others.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
1One Star
By Emma
This book is misprinted and missing most of chapter 10.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5The most basic principles of computing, from the ground up. This is how computer science should be taught.
By Kam
Fantastic approach to teaching the foundation principles of how all computers work. A must read for any serious computer scientist and anyone who wants to understand how computers work at the most basic level. Fills in so many gaps!

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