Let's Build a Computer

A session at GoGaRuCo 2014

Saturday 20th September, 2014

3:00pm to 3:30pm (PST)

Let's Build a Computer!

The increasing accessibility of computing and scripting languages means more and more of us don't have computer science fundamentals and hand-wave our laptops and servers as "magic". But, it doesn't take much to learn that the wizard box you type on every day is just layers of simple logic wrapped and reused all the way up. Indeed, starting with a single nand gate you can build the entire realm of boolean logic, and from that, a computer.

Working through a curriculum called "Nand to Tetris" and it's associated text book "The Elements of Computing Systems", the Seattle.rb Study Group did exactly that. In just 12 short weeks,we went from nothing to a whole stack computer starting from just a single nand gate. We built a (simulated) computer, an assembler for its machine code, a virtual machine, a high level language compiler, and an OS with games to run.

In this talk, I will start with the nand gate, and build up a working computer explaining each layer as I go. You may not be able to build along with me in just a half hour, but I hope to infect you with my love for this curriculum and hopefully have it spread to your ruby/study group.

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Ryan Davis

Rubyist, founder of Seattle.rb, and general troublemaker. bio from Twitter

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Time 3:00pm3:30pm PST

Date Sat 20th September 2014

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