How Software Works
The Magic Behind Encryption, CGI, Search Engines, and Other Everyday Technologies
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: August 2015
Pages: 216

We use software every day to perform all kinds of magical, powerful tasks. It's the force behind stunning CGI graphics, safe online shopping, and speedy Google searches. Software drives the modern world, but its inner workings remain a mystery to many.

How Software Works explains how computers perform common-yet-amazing tasks that we take for granted every day. Inside you'll learn:

  • How data is encrypted
  • How passwords are used and protected
  • How computer graphics are created
  • How video is compressed for streaming and storage
  • How data is searched (and found) in huge databases
  • How programs can work together on the same problem without conflict
  • How data travels over the Internet

How Software Works breaks down these processes with patient explanations and intuitive diagrams so that anyone can understand-no technical background is required, and you won't be reading through any code. In plain English, you'll examine the intricate logic behind the technologies you constantly use but never understood.

If you've ever wondered what really goes on behind your computer screen, How Software Works will give you fascinating look into the software all around you.

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Exactly the right amount of detail

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  • Easy to understand
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  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly How Software Works:

    The book is a pleasure to read. The author clearly understands the technology well enough to explain it simply.

    This book reminded me of an expert's explanation of why green tea has more anti-oxidants than black teas. "Black tea is green tea that has turned black from oxidation, so..."

     
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    You are curious? See inside this book.

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      Comments about oreilly How Software Works:

      The book is good to read when you want to understand how some programs works.
      Also an expert can read the book without problems because speaks about a wide range topics.

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