“How We Talk to Machines”

  • What do computers do better than humans?
  • What do humans do better than computers?
  • What is the difference between a Microprocessor and a Microcontroller?
  • What does the Compiler do?
  • What is an IDE?
  • What is the Processing IDE (http://processing.org/reference/environment/)?
  • Why do we program in High Level Languages?
  • What is binary, octal, decimal, and hexidecimal?
  • Computers are better then humans at searching information and mathematics. Humans are better at making choices, and displaying information. A micro controller is a complete computer. On the other hand, a Micro processor is a small device that can receive or output data. A microprocessor incorporates the functions of a computer‘s central processing unit (CPU) on a single integrated circuit (IC),[1] or at most a few integrated circuits.[2] It is a multipurpose, programmable device that accepts digital data as input, processes it according to instructions stored in its memory, and provides results as output. It is an example of sequential digital logic, as it has internal memory. Microprocessors operate on numbers and symbols represented in the binary numeral system. An assembler changes the assembly language to computer language.  A compiler changes high level language to assembly language. An IDE is an Integrated Developmen Environment. It is a specific program such as Processor or Eclipse that is better for writing programs. Processor IDE’s are programs such as eclipse or Processor. We program in High Level Languages because it is easier to understand. Binary is a Base-2 number system, octal is a base 8 number system, and so on.OriginalJPG

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