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I highly recommend this book if you are interested in learning about computer science. The book is organized around the idea of building a computer from the fundamental logic gates up--starting with the hardware (combinational logic gates, arithmetic logic units, sequential logic gates, the CPU and memory) and then through the software hierarchy (starting with the machine language, and working up through the assembler, a virtual machine, a compiler for a high-level language, and an operating system). As a "by-product," one learns, by very relevant examples, many fundamental concepts of computer science.You can just read the book, but the best idea is to follow the authors' advice and do the projects where you implement every necessary piece of the computer system yourself. The projects are all very well organized. All the software necessary to emulate any part of the computer is available for free download from the authors' web-site. It all works beautifully. If you want to skip any of the projects, you can, because the software is organized in such a way that it will use built-in modules instead of the ones you built if necessary.The authors seem to have extensively tested the whole approach through the courses they have taught using this material. I also noticed that Harvard's Computer Science 101 course is being taught based on this book. I have been using the book for self-study with absolutely no problems--in fact I have never had such a great experience with a self-study course. All you need is a Windows or Linux (edit: Mac OS X works fine too) computer and access to the internet, and you can give yourself a wonderful education in computer science.In terms of prerequisites, you only really need to have some experience with programming (e.g.
When I say "survey," I mean a wide-ranging view of what goes into a computing system. This unique book goes into more depth than the word suggests, though, since it presents every level as a project for the student to carry out. This starts with the processor: the authors present an elegant but very stripped-down instruction set, slightly reminiscent of the PDP-8, and an equally stripped-down hardware description language (HDL). The exercise is to implement that processor using that HDL, and verify it using a simulator the authors provide. Next, the student implements the assembler for that instruction set, an interpreter in the spirit of the Java Virtual Machine, a compiler, and a simple operating system. Although each project could be a term course in itself, the authors display a real knack for extracting the essentials of each and boiling them down to a minimal but functional kernel. The results, although they might be toy systems, demonstrate the framework around which larger, industrial systems would be built.I've taught HDL-based logic design, operating systems, and object-oriented design. Each level of system implementation makes sense only in terms of the levels above and below it, but each is normally taught in isolation. This leaves an odd lack of context and motivation. It never explains to a processor designer what hardware support an OS needs, never explains to the OS implementor what the hardware can (and can't) do, or what the application developer requires. This philosophy even lets computer science students graduate in ignorance of or disdainful of the hardware on which their whole career depends. And, at every level, crucial basics like "what is a stack frame?" go unexplained and unexplored.
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