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Stack Frames: A Look From Inside by Giuseppe Di Cataldo

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© Giuseppe Di Cataldo 2016

Giuseppe Di Cataldo, Stack Frames, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2181-5_1

1. Hardware and Software

Giuseppe Di Cataldo

(1)Catania, Italy

This chapter reviews for the reader some basic concepts and focuses on a few topics to provide a better understanding of some of the terms used in the following chapters. All of this should be cultural background you’ve already acquired, since the reader is expected to bring a working knowledge of C and Unix to this book, so there is no need to discuss the topics more deeply. However, two subjects—file and software types—need a more in-depth discussion and a clear definition, as they may lead to some confusion.

Hardware

First let’s review the most basic terminology:

  • A PC (Personal Computer) is a ...

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