D is for digital : what a well-informed person should know about computers and communications / Brian W. Kernighan.
- [S.l.] : DisforDigital.net : Printed by CreateSpace, 2011.
xii, 223 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
- Computers -- History.
Computers -- Social aspects.
Computer science -- History.
Information technology -- History.
Information technology -- Social aspects.
- Childrens subjects:
- Based on Kernighan's Princeton course Computers in Our Word, this book is intended as a compact but detailed and thorough explanation of how computers and communications systems work, for non-technical readers. It explains how today's computing and communications world operates, from hardware through software to the Internet and the web, also addressing the social, political and legal issues that new technology creates.
Part I. Hardware. What's in a computer?
Bits, bytes, and representation of information
Inside the CPU
Wrapup on hardware
Part II. Software. Algorithms
Programming and programming languages
Learning to program
Wrapup on software
Part III. Communications. Networking
The World Wide Web
Data, information, and privacy
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-212) and index.
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