Introduction to Computer Organization

Introduction to Computer Organization

by Bob Plantz
November 2019 (Estimated), 400 pp.
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Unlike other books about assembly language and computer organization, Introduction to Computer Organization is written with the understanding that most programmers will never have to write x86-64 assembly language or design hardware. This book is written to give those programmers a practical and concrete understanding of what's happening in a computer in the hopes that that knowledge will help them become a better programmer in their chosen field.

Readers learn how transistors are used to construct the binary switches that are used to implement the logic circuits that make up a computer; how these circuits are programmed to implement basic programming constructs; and how data items are organized and manipulated. By the end of the book readers should have a strong understanding of how binary is used to store data; how Boolean logic works, and how it's implemented in a computer; the basics of computer hardware; assembly language; program flow; and Input/Output.

Author Bio 

Bob Plantz is a retired professor who taught at Sonoma State for 21 years. At Sonoma State, Bob taught all variety of core classes, as well as several electives. Before working as a professor, Plantz was working in the industry both at companies like Syntex and Coherent and as a self-employed software engineer.