The Elements of Computing Systems, second edition: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles

June 15, 2021|
The Elements of Computing Systems, second edition: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles by Noam Nisan

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A new and extensively revised edition of a popular textbook used in universities, coding boot camps, hacker clubs, and online courses.

The best way to understand how computers work is to build one from scratch, and this textbook leads learners through twelve chapters and projects that gradually build the hardware platform and software hierarchy for a simple but powerful computer system. In the process, learners gain hands-on knowledge of hardware, architecture, operating systems, programming languages, compilers, software engineering, and relevant algorithms and data structures. Using this constructive approach, the book introduces readers to a significant body of computer science knowledge and synthesizes key theoretical and applied techniques into one constructive framework.The outcome is known as Nand to Tetris: a journey that starts with the most elementary logic gate, called Nand, and ends, twelve projects later, with a general-purpose computer system capable of running Tetris and any other program that comes to your mind.

The first edition of this popular textbook inspired Nand to Tetris courses in many universities, coding boot camps, hacker clubs, and online course platforms. This second edition has been extensively revised. It has been restructured into two distinct parts—part I, Hardware, and part II, Software—with six projects in each part. All chapters and projects have been rewritten, with an emphasis on separating abstraction from implementation, and many new sections, figures, and examples have been added. Substantial new appendixes offer focused presentation on technical and theoretical topics.

Title:The Elements of Computing Systems, second edition: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles
Format:Kobo ebook
Published:June 15, 2021
Publisher:MIT Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780262361002

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