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Digital Design: Principles and Practices Package (4th Edition) Hardcover – Jul 27 2005

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  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (July 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131733494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131733497
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 4.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #701,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By doan chinh nguyen on Sept. 13 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just perfect! Perfect book for a student that help to undestand the basic of the digital electronic. Great quality book for a great price
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Confusing definitions Oct. 8 2012
By 3eyedfish - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is used for an introductory (200-level) logic circuit design class at my university.

Pros: The author is funny. Examples are fine, most of the homework problems are fine. There is a companion site with old versions of the questions and answers for each chapter for free. The latest version has a pay site with homework and answers for this edition.

Cons: My biggest issue is with the way the author defines and describes terminology. Here's what it felt like:

"An apple is an apple-shaped fruit that can have distinct gala, granny smith, golden delicious, etc. qualities."

- Uses the term in it's own definition (an apple is an apple...)
- Uses specific examples of the term to define the general concept (specifics should be expanded on after the general concept is understood)

"The pomaceous fruit of species Malus domestica, grown on deciduous trees."

- Not appropriate for an introductory course where the terms pomaceous, Malus domestica, deciduous, etc. haven't been talked about yet.

The last one happened quite often, and was extremely frustrating because I ended up spending a lot of time googling terms used in definitions. Luckily, the searches usually led to sites that explained what the book was trying to define, in simple terms that weren't difficult to understand at all. It's funny that a book that teaches you how to minimize complicated logic makes simple definitions really complicated. :P

Also, the wording in some of the homework problems was confusing, and there are no answers in the back to check your work. Answers for the current edition are available on a pay site, but it's not accessible unless your teacher sets up an account.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great book Sept. 26 2010
By Ben - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure why Gary thought the softcover version was hard to read. This is an excellent book and really outlines everything in an easy to understand way.
Hopeless - I agree with the 1 star reviewers Jan. 17 2015
By RW - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is hopeless. The explanations he uses for simple concepts are ridiculously over complicated, convoluted and extremely long winded for the subjects at hand. Concepts which can be clearly explained in 1/3 of a page in other books take 2 and 3 pages at best and often leave the reader more confused at the end. Sometimes you feel that he goes on and on, overly complicating the subject just to try to impress on you that he has a mastery of the subject matter, which obviously he does. This happens time after time in his code examples. A 'text book' understands that its readers are students who are in the process of learning the subject matter. The standard methodology of a 'text book' is to cover bit by bit and fully explain each and every concept related to that bit of subject matter. If the author uses examples to explain the subject matter, then the information within the example needs to use concepts and information which the student is already familiar with. Otherwise, what's the point?

This author's coding examples are packed full of advanced coding practices which the student isn't familiar with yet and which the author doesn't explain in the text, leaving the student stumped and frustrated. The student then has to continually Google the terms and methods the author is using. This isn't the way to write a text book. A text book should be black and white and state to the student 'this is how you do this' in clear concise terminology. Otherwise the text book is useless, just like this one.

Buying this book for your own personal reference isn't a good idea. There are a lot of other books which cover this material in a much simpler and straightforward manner.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Buy this book... Sept. 26 2009
By TheStoke - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Highly informative text with detailed illustrations. A necessity if you are deciding to take an introductory Digital Design/Logic course.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Decent Jan. 13 2011
By Chris - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is comprehensive. It covers a variety of topics, most of them are not covered in a semester of a college course. One thing this book can improve on is examples. It gives plenty of lecture information but does not provide on examples for which it can apply concepts on. I understand things better if practical examples are clearly shown, but other people may learn things differently and this book may work for them. Although this book was required for my Cornell ECE 2300 course, it was barely used since most of the topics are covered in lecture. It is a good reference material in case you didn't understand a certain concept. Honestly, I barely flipped through any of the pages.