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A Dictionary of Computing Hardcover – Aug 15 2008

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Thorough and technical Jan. 9 1998
By Declan Moran - Published on
Format: Paperback
For advanced users with a mathematical bent or computer scientists, this is probably an excellent reference.It covers a very wide range of topics many of them purely mathematical (eg group theory,algebra), and defines terms precicely.

For the average user however, who wants things explained a bit more and defined a bit less, its probably not a great book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good, but rapidly falling behind Sept. 9 2011
By Jerry Saperstein - Published on
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Because of the nature of my work, I often need to provide definitions of technical computing terms from authoritative sources. The online computing terms dictionaries simply don't carry much authority in a courtroom.

The problem is that most major printed dictionaries don't revise often enough to keep pace with the technology. For example, Oxford Dictionary made pretty big news recently when it added "tweet" to its online dictionary. But in this 2008 6th edition of the Oxford Dictionary Of Computing, "tweet" is just one of dozens of words of recent vintage that are missing. Reflecting the volatility of the industry, the dictionary defines Sun Microsystems as a major supplier of non-PC computers.

Is this a bad dictionary? No. It is simply limited because it is a walloping four or five years since its last edition. (It was published in hard-cover in 2006.) Some of the definitions are a bit loopy, but it does carry the Oxford name and is thus considered authoritative.

For the money, a good, if not particularly current, addition to my shelf of technical dictionaries. At this point, though, I think subscribing to online Oxford may be the best way to go.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Slightly outdated, yet a solid informational resource Feb. 2 2012
By Network man - Published on
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As other reviewers mentioned, some content is outdated and new terminology may be missing. I still see this book as an excellent source for reference on a wide variety of terminology in all disciplines of computing.
Barely useful March 1 2013
By Charles Platt - Published on
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This is a quirky piece of work, with strangely skewed priorities--its definition of HTML was out of date even when it was written, and is allocated about 100 words, while the vastly-less-important entry for COCOMO, "acronym for constructive cost model," is three times as long). The sensible way to approach this project would have been to crowd-source it, thus providing more uniform coverage, removing the length restrictions on entries, and allowing rapid updates. Oh, but that would be Wikipedia, wouldn't it?

As noted by other reviewers, the "Oxford" branding is useful if you want to cite a definition with a spurious pedigree behind it. I doubt I will be using it much.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not the original item I ordered per the publishing date! Feb. 4 2011
By Starwater7 - Published on
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The item I chose was advertized as having a publishing date of February 2010. The item I received has a publishing date of 2008 (sixth edition).
This item doesn't have some of the terms I need.
I figured Amazon ran out of the one with the Feb. 2010 date and used this item as a substitute. I neither have the time nor the ability (housebound) to go to the Post Office and return it.
Any suggestions, Amazon?