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java programing first lesson

MJimene25

May 3, 2012, 5:43 PM
computer is a complex system consisting of many different components. But at the heart -- or the brain, if you want -- of the computer is a single component that does the actual computing. This is the Central Processing Unit, or CPU. In a modern desktop computer, the CPU is a single "chip" on the order of one square inch in size. The job of the CPU is to execute programs.

A program is simply a list of unambiguous instructions meant to be followed mechanically by a computer. A computer is built to carry out instructions that are written in a very simple type of language called machine language. Each type of computer has its own machine language, and the computer can directly execute a program only if the program is expressed in that langua...
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MJimene25

May 3, 2012, 5:45 PM
Section 1.2
Asynchronous Events: Polling Loops and Interrupts

The CPU spends almost all of its time fetching instructions from memory and executing them. However, the CPU and main memory are only two out of many components in a real computer system. A complete system contains other devices such as:

* A hard disk for storing programs and data files. (Note that main memory holds only a comparatively small amount of information, and holds it only as long as the power is turned on. A hard disk is used for permanent storage of larger amounts of information, but programs have to be loaded from disk into main memory before they can actually be executed.)
* A keyboard and mouse for user input.
* A monitor and printer which can b...
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