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How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology, Tenth Edition by Timothy Edward Downs, Ron White

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Part 2: Software—The Computer’s Own Poetry

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Chapters

CHAPTER 5 HOW WORDS ARE STITCHED INTO PROGRAMS

CHAPTER 6 HOW APPLICATIONS WORK SO YOU CAN PLAY

CHAPTER 7 HOW GAMES CREATE NEW WORLDS

CHAPTER 8 HOW SECURITY SOFTWARE FIGHTS OFF INVADERS

Sa-la-ga-doo-la Men-chic-ka Boo-la Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Put them together and what have you got? Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.

—Walt Disney’s Cinderella

CODE IS POETRY

—Tattoo on a programmer’s arm

The Language programmers use to create software sounds a lot like the fairy godmother’s incantation: grep, mov, endif, cur_x, and selField. And software really is magical. You invoke your computer—maybe with a touch, at the command ...

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