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• Flexible, convenient presentation – The JVM is not a physical chip but a piece of software found on every computer in the world, so students can write and run their exercises on any computer without worrying about compatibility; ideal for commuter or distance education, or schools with limited resources.
• Focus on the JVM Language — Explains how the Java language actually causes things to happen.
• Presentation of alternate architectures – Compares the JVM to the original IBM-PC chip, the Pentium, the Power PC, and an embedded controller chip to explore how other computers express the same principles.
• Principle-based approach — Allows transfer between machines.
• Multi-Language Examples — Integrate several computer operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BeOS and Solaris; students do not need a prior understanding of Java.
• Tested code examples – Eliminates errors that could confuse students.
• Optional chapters that are tunable to individual equipment.
• Key Issues — Summarizes each chapter with a brief review of important concepts.
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.
Chapter 1: Computation and Representation
Chapter 2: Arithmetic Expressions
Chapter 3: Assembly Language Programming in jasmin
Chapter 4: Control Structures
Chapter 5: The Intel 8088
Chapter 6: The Power PC
Chapter 7: The Intel Pentium
Chapter 8: Microcontrollers: The Atmel AVR
Chapter 9: Advanced Programming Topics on the JVM
Appendix A: Digital Logic
Appendix B: JVM Instruction SetAppendix C: Class File Format