Introduction to Computing

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The reason most students do not understand their first programming language is because they are forced to memorize technical details. They do not understand the basic underpinnings. This book is based on the premise that starting with a high level programming language has its shortcomings This premise lead to Patt/Patel's "bottom-up approach" found in "Introduction To Computing. " This text covers (in order) a switch level abstraction of a MOS Transistor,Logic Gates,latches,logic structures ...
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Overview

The reason most students do not understand their first programming language is because they are forced to memorize technical details. They do not understand the basic underpinnings. This book is based on the premise that starting with a high level programming language has its shortcomings This premise lead to Patt/Patel's "bottom-up approach" found in "Introduction To Computing. " This text covers (in order) a switch level abstraction of a MOS Transistor,Logic Gates,latches,logic structures (MUX,Decoder,Adder,gated latches),finally culminating in an implementation of memory. From there,the book moves on to the Von Neumann model of execution,then a simple computer (the LC-2),machine language programming and then assembly language programming of the LC-2,the high level language C,recursion,and finally elementary data structures. The book establishes a foundation that can easily be built upon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072376906
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 526

Table of Contents

Part I

1 Welcome Aboard!

2 Bits, Data Types, and Operations

3 Digital Logic Structures

4 The Von Neumann Model

5 The LC-2

6 Programming

7 Assembly Language

8 I/O

9 TRAP Routines and Subroutines

10 And, Finally...

Part II

11 Introduction to Programming in C

12 Variables and Operators

13 Control Structures

14 Functions

15 Debugging

16 Recursion

17 Pointers and Arrays

18 I/O in C

19 Data Structures

Appendix A The LC-2 ISA

Appendix B From LC-2 to IA-32

Appendix C The Microarchitecture of the LC-2

Appendix D The C Programming Language

Appendix E Useful Tables

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