The Newest Book by Programming Legend Charles Petzold
About Charles Petzold's previous book
Charles Petzold's The Annotated Turing
"I also own Charles
Petzold's book, Code. It's another love letter to the computer. Instead
of a long, rambling love letter, Code is a collection of elegantly
written sonnets. It has an austere layout, filled with beautiful
diagrams. It gently guides you through the history of the computer, at
the lowest and most fundamental levels, from Babbage to modern times.
But it's no less urgent in its affections. I'm with Petzold and Walter.
If loving computers is wrong, I don't want to be right."
"How Do Computers Do
What They Do?
"Charles Petzold is a
very cool guy. Of course we've all read his 1998 Programming Windows,
the bible of Win32... I've just finished another offering from Charles. It's called
Code. It's absolutely worth it if you can find a copy. If you want to
explain to your spouse what you do for a living, get it. This book
should really be required reading in any CS101 class. Hell, I'd make it
required reading for High School Seniors. It can "fill in the gap" for
some many technology questions. So many people take technology for
granted...it just works. I'm surprised at how few people ask "Why." My
kids will read this book...I have no kids, so as soon as they are
born...and learn to read."
wish I this book was given to me at my orientation before my first year
of college. I would have aced half of my classes! All in all, I learned
quite a bit from this book...let's hope someone recommends this book to
young CS majors at every university."
was written just for me.
OK, maybe that's not entirely true... But somehow, it feels as though Code was written just for me.
...he leads you along a clean path that teaches you just about
everything most computer science students struggle through for their
first couple of years but with a minimum of pain. Petzold's engaging
prose will make you feel smart just for reading it."
"What I absolutely
*LOVE* about this title (beyond the fact that it's written by Charles
Petzold) is the ease and elegance in which Mr. Petzold teaches us about
something very near and dear to his heart: The connection between what
we as humans can understand and use to describe what it is we would like
for a computer to do, and what computers can understand to do what it is
we humans are asking for it to do, otherwise referred to as "Code" and
"Girls, Women and
clear language Charles Petzold explains the nature of binary codes using
blinking flashlights and Braille. I don't have a degree in computer
science or electrical engineering, but this book very nicely filled in a
lot of gaps in my knowledge about how computers actually work. The
beauty of this book is Mr.Petzold has managed to create a book that not
only educates, but is also a joy to read. Anyone who wants a book to
expand their knowledge of computer science without a heavy dose of
"geek" talk will appreciate this book. A great book to share with
friends who want to learn more about the way that computers work."
"Quite simply, this
is the best book I've read in years. You don't have to be an uber geek
to get into this book. But, it does get fairly deep. For CS vets, this
book may be one of the best reads you've had in a long time if you're a
bit rusty on the logic fundamentals, and a must read if you don't know
an AND gate from an OR gate."
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software shows how
modern computer programs are really not that different than the signal
flags of long ago. This book will teach a new perspective to those that
have always viewed computers through high-level languages. It is very
entertaining and an easy read."
"I have never read
another author that can explain a concept better than Mr. Petzold. Mr.
Petzold has a deep passion for understanding how things work. This is
evident in Code - a book for everyone not just programmers. The
explanation and history is presented in a way that anyone can understand
and enjoy; told in the way only master storyteller can. Last month ago,
Mr Petzold wrote in his blog he's been working on a sequel to Code. An
explanation of Alan Turing's work on computability. I know this will be
a great book, just like Code, but I'm afraid like Code it
will sell far less copies than his programming books. This is a shame,
because while the programming books go out of date with the next release
of Windows, Code and it's sequel are timeless."
introductory book about computer hardware and software. "Code" starts
from the very basics... This is not a "for dummies" book. The graphic
design is skillful and clean, using graphics in a highly explanatory
manner. This book will not hurt your eyes. This could be a great book
for a first course on Computer Science; maybe not the main text, but it
covers a lot of the core material that computer scientists just must
"I would absolutely
recommend handing this book to a book-savvy pre-teen who is interested
in computers. Had this book been available in 1990, I might be a
programmer now instead of an aerospace engineer. [I think I prefer the
aero bit. I like blowing stuff up.]"
"As a matter of fact,
this is a highly useful book. I wish it had been around
"If you'd like a good
explanation at a relatively low but very approachable level of just how
a computer works then I'd recommend Charles Petzold's book Code: The
Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software. It's a very
understandable book that starts from simple concepts and leads you
through how to build a computer from relays. Not that you'd ever want to
do such a thing. Even a barely functional computer with a tiny amount of
memory (64kb) would cost several million dollars to build from relays
and wires, and it would consume huge amounts of power and space. It
would be made from several million relays and miles upon miles of wire."