CHAPTER 5

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Communication: Humans Talk. Computers Talk

It is often said that language is the invention that makes all others possible. Within the world of technology, language is the protocol that makes all others live. Writing software for a stand-alone machine is all very nice, but when it manages to interface with the outside world, interface with another program across a network, or control an external piece of hardware, it seems so much more satisfying. Controlling even the simplest of robots with a computer is infinitely more impressive to the layperson (and many geeks!) than the demonstration of an optimized implementation of marching cubes. ...

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