Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms (Barron's Dictionary of Computer & Internet Terms)
(30 customer reviews)
Computer terminology is constantly expanding, and the brand-new edition of this dictionary has been updated to keep pace with the latest important innovations in computer science and technology. Emphasis is on helpful information for non-technical home computer users. The book presents more than 3,200 computer-related terms with clear and succinct definitions. Revised features include up-to-date information on Windows Vista, networking, data storage, video, computer security and ethics, and personal computer hardware. Tables, charts, graphs, photos, and line illustrations.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #730667 in Books
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- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 7.01" h x 1.18" w x 4.13" l, .85 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 560 pages
With 1,800 definitions and an abundance of Internet and online terms, this dictionary is perfect for new and intermediate computer users. The entries range from basic to advanced computer terminology and include historical terms and software concepts. The reference even defines and illustrates concepts and terminology for several graphics applications. This pocket-sized dictionary is packed with illustrations, charts, and examples and the comprehensive cross-referencing and clear language make it easy to use. Off- the-shelf software users will find this guide particularly useful.
From the Author
Our goal in writing this book is to explain, not just define. We feel you have a right to know how your computer works, not just how to use it. Thus, we cover not only business software, personal computers, and the Internet, but also fundamentals such as computer architecture and binary arithmetic.
This edition adds over 200 new entries, including new coverage of Windows 2000 and substantially increased coverage of UNIX, networking, and Internet commerce, as well as a dozen new illustrations.
About the Author
Douglas Downing teaches economics and quantitative methods and is undergraduate program director for the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of several books in both Barron's Easy Way and Business Review series. He is also the author of Java Programming the Easy Way and Dictionary of Mathematics Terms, published by Barron's Educational Series, Inc. He holds the Ph.D. degree in economics from Yale University.
Michael Covington is Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Center at the University of Georgia. He is a contributing editor for Poptronics magazine and is the author of Computer Science Study Keys (published by Barron's). He holds the Ph.D. degree in linguistics from Yale University.
Melody Mauldin Covington is a graphic designer living in Athens, Georgia. She is the author of Dictionary of Desktop Publishing (published by Barron's).
Most helpful customer reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful.
Computer Dictionaries are Hard to Keep Current
By A. Petrotchenkov
This pocket book contains clear and simple explanations and illustrations. This dictionary is probably ideal for the beginning to strong intermediate user who wants to have a reference at hand which gets to the point and leaves you feeling informed. It is well cross referenced, and strong on Internet terminology. Despite its very manageable size one rarely has occasion to look up terms not described in the dictionary. If you were to have just one computer dictionary then, for most users, this would be it. Users who feel very ill at ease with computer terminology may however want to consider `Webster's New World Dictionary of Computer Terms', a equally good book which written with a slightly more experienced audience in mind.
This 'Barrons Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms' is one of the best dictionaries of computer terms I've seen on the market. But as any other computer dictionary this one is also difficult to keep current and updated. The subject changes too much to have a good guide in printed form. But I love this book very much and recommend it to everyone.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful.
Computer dictionary's are difficult to keep current
By A Customer
Because of the popularity of the Internet, computer's have become very popular. The technology has leap-frogged several times during the past year.
This book has a lot of dated terms that do not apply to today's environment. An example is: Hayes Compatible Modem. The Hayes Company and the Hayes brand are now defunct.
XML is not mentioned as a computer term. Other new terms are not mentioned either.
This subject changes too much to have a good guide in paper form.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
By Leslie Allen
I teach computers and this is one of the recommended requirements for my students. There are acronyms, terminology, history, pictures, etc. in this book. Highly recommended.