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Digital Design: Principles and Practices Package (4th Edition) [Hardcover]

John F. Wakerly
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July 27 2005 0131733494 978-0131733497 4
Appropriate for a first or second course in digital logic design. Blends academic precision and practical experience in an authoritative introduction to basic principles of digital design and practical requirements. With over 30 years of experience in both industrial and university settings, the author covers the most widespread logic design practices while building a solid foundation of theoretical and engineering principles for students to use as they go forward in this fast moving field.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A First Digital Design Book for one trained on a slide rule! Aug. 19 2010
By James Robert Deluze - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm in my early 60's and I'm now back in school studying electronics engineering. This book was used in one of my first back to college classes in 38 years. I don't remember much math, but was able to understand the concepts in this book. Yes it's hard and condensed. I would like to see an idiot's version of Boolean Algebra that holds your hand more, but this book and my Professor got me through. Thanks Dr. Luca! For the first time in my life I now have a basic understanding of how a microprocessor and other digital logic electronic circuits work. Out of what I learned in this text, concepts were put into a patent application filed this summer. This invention would not have been as profound without having studied from this book. All from 1 semester of studying electronics engineering. I have much to learn, including computer programming as used in this book, such as the HDL languages. This book includes 3 versions of HDL's: ABEL, VHDL, and Verilog. You can pick and choose. We used VHDL in my class. For electronics engineering students with math and programming experience, this book should be great. When I first went to college, everyone used slide rules! There were no personal computers. You learned Fortran on a main frame and hoped you did not make a mistake and have a tractor drive printer turn your $50.00 box of perf paper into nonsense within a few minutes. $50.00 was a lot of money to a poor student then. The minimum wage was $1.25! But I learned a lot as a beginner with this book. Cool jokes in the book. Had fun in digital and even designed a vacuum tube into a digital circuit. I had to explain what a tube is to the lab instructor. Several professors thought that was cool. A senior professor, head of graduate electronics engineering, really lit up when I told him about the tube. He said, when I was a graduate student, the faculty built a digital computer using tubes and I got to program it! Had a great time! For those interested, the tube was a directly heated, subminiature pentode with a filament voltage of 1.25 and a plate voltage of 15 volts. It was stuck into a clock line just for a reason to be there. The circuit would quit without the tube. Fun!! For fun, it would be neat to find out if John Wakerly knows what a tube is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Sept. 26 2010
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book... Sept. 26 2009
By TheStoke - Published on Amazon.com
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Highly informative text with detailed illustrations. A necessity if you are deciding to take an introductory Digital Design/Logic course.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing definitions Oct. 8 2012
By 3eyedfish - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging textbook! Feb. 5 2011
By P. Marla - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading the first few chapters, I have to agree with everyone that that this book is surprisingly well-written -- clear, precise and sprinkled with a dash of humour!
Of course, it is still a textbook, so don't expect it to be an electronics version of Harry Potter -- but with all that, this is easily one of the best textbooks I've ever read. Kudos !!
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