The Secret Life of Programs: Understand Computers -- Craft Better Code

Steinhart, Jon




A primer on the underlying technologies that allow computer programs to work. Covers topics like computer hardware, combinatorial logic, sequential logic, computer architecture, computer anatomy, and Input/Output.

Computer programming is not abstract and programs run on a machine. Knowing how computers work and how programs run on them is essential to becoming a better programmer, and understanding underlying technologies can help you develop a sense of what can go wrong. Foundations of Computer Programming fills in the gaps in computer education by giving readers a look under the hood of programming, at the machine. Readers learn how software behaves when running on hardware; how programs manipulate data in memory; how computers process languages; and how web browsers work. They'll also learn how to write efficient programs, computer security basics, and real-world considerations to have in mind when writing code.





Jon Steinhart has been a consultant since 1985 on the appropriate use of computer technology. His background is in applied engineering, project management, and system architecture development. He received his BSEE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Clarkson University in 1977.


Jon Steinhart自1985年以來一直擔任顧問,專注於適當使用電腦技術。他的背景涉及應用工程、項目管理和系統架構開發。他於1977年從克拉克森大學獲得電機工程和計算機科學學士學位(BSEE)。