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The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture (edition 2014)

by Linda Null (Author)

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Title:The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture
Authors:Linda Null (Author)
Info:Jones & Bartlett Learning (2014), Edition: 4, 880 pages
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I suppose I have a very different viewpoint than most other reviewers of this textbook. I never took a computer architecture class as a student because my major and concentration did not require it. Therefore I never had to use this book as one of my primary sources of learning new concepts. I read the book because I teach an embedded systems course, and having a more robust understanding of computer architecture enables me to better teach the concepts in my class.

I skimmed over most of the chapters in this book, so I can't speak to how effectively it teaches the concepts of computer architecture, but the first few chapters (notably on the MARIE computer and on ISAs) helped to add to my understanding. I find that most textbooks either focus on one particular microcontroller architecture (in the case of embedded architecture) or focus too much on non-embedded hardware, and this book strikes a little bit of a balance in at least mentioning embedded applications quite a bit, especially in the early chapters when nothing is yet too specific or specialized. However, I must say that my "go to" book, as outdated as it is, will probably continue to be Malvino's Digital Computer Electronics, at least until I find something better! ( )
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Covers all the core topics, such as digital logic, data representation, machine-level language, general organization, and much more.

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