As the support platform for Java, the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is an important part of the computing infrastructure. In covering the organization and architecture of a real computer, this is the only book available that at once is easy to understand and follows modern design principles. KEY TOPICS: Teaches one of the only assembly languages still in reasonably widespread use - and presents a good background on many other machines once the basic JVM has been mastered. Takes a non-technical approach that makes material more accessible to non-specialists in humanities computing or information science. Covers a wide variety of real architectures, exposing readers to realistic examples of RISC vs. CISC, Harvard architectures, embedded systems, and more. MARKET: A useful reference for Java developers.
About the Author: Patrick Juola received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995, specializing in computational psycholinguistics. He worked as a postdoc in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford from 1995-8, then accepted a teaching position at Duquesne University. His research interests include computational psycholinguistics, humanities computing, digital and linguistic forensics, and computer security. This book is an outgrowth of his teaching experiences at Duquesne.