Today's incoming students are more likely to be exposed to Java than ever before. Focusing on a modern architecture (the Java Virtual Machine, or JVM), this text provides a thorough treatment of the principles of computer organization in the context of today's portable computer. Students are given simple but realistic examples to gain a complete understanding of how computation works on such a machine. Juola makes the material useful and relevant in a course that is often difficult for second-year CS students.
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.