A Dictionary of Computing Hardcover – Aug 15 2008
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This very complete dictionary features a list of approximately 6,000 words and defines everything from basic computer concepts to complex network and programming terminology. The reference also includes information on Internet terms, industry leaders, legal issues, security issues, and historical data and lists entries for products, companies, and trademarks. This dictionary is a great reference tool for new computer users, students, teachers, and computer professionals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for previous editions: "A standard among computer science dictionaries....current, accurate, and formal....strongly recommended." --Science Books and Films
"Useful for students and teachers of computer science and related disciplines, owners of personal computers, and anyone who uses a computer." --Sci-Tech News
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For the average user however, who wants things explained a bit more and defined a bit less, its probably not a great book.
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.
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.
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