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Discovering Computers: A Gateway to Information Paperback – Feb 2003

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  • Paperback: 874 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology Ptr (Sd); Revised edition edition (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789567040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789567048
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,809,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gary B. Shelly wrote and published his first computer education textbook in 1969. More than twenty million copies of Shelly Cashman Series' textbooks have been sold. Gary and a talented group of contributing authors have produced books on computer programming, computer concepts, and application software that are the leading textbooks in the computer technology market today. Gary has hosted the annual Shelly Cashman Institute, a week-long training event focusing on the latest topics in technology, for the past 34 years.

Thomas J. Cashman received his education at California State University, Los Angeles. He established one of the first business data processing programs in the U.S. at Long Beach City College in California, where he taught and served as department head. In 1969, he began collaborating with now best-selling author, Gary Shelly.

Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. In addition to consulting in the field, she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Calumet, teaching or developing Microsoft Office, computer concepts, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming courses. Since 1990, Misty has led the development of the Shelly Cashman Series, and has written and co-authored numerous Series textbooks, including many editions of Discovering Computers, Discovering Computers Fundamentals, and Microsoft Word books.

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I have used and continue to use this textbook as the core text for a computer/info tech and society course I teach to community college students. The text is up-to-date (revised yearly), informative, well illustrated, and extremely well supported by the publisher through supplementary teaching, learning and testing materials and website support. My students are initially horified at the price but, as the semester continues, realize that it is actually a bargain and, by the end of the course, many have told me that they have found it to be a valuable addition to their personal library. I don't teach the textbook, I assign the chapters for weekly reading, test the students on the reading assignment at the beginning of class, then discuss the content and supplement it with other material which focuses on the history, development, use and consequences of information technologies. By assigning the chapters for reading and testing each week, I try to ensure that everyone is commonly prepared with the foundation knowledge required for further learning and discussion in class.
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This is one of the best college-level introduction, easy to read and excellent for its content. The terms are cricial and scholarly, to serve the academic and serious readers. Please check the updated sequal of this book: Discovering Computers 2003 Concepts for a Digital World Web and XP Enhanced, Complete
Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Misty E. Vermaat. ISBN: 0-7895-6514-5© 2002, Publish date: February 13, 2002, 840 pages. This is my choice for the course that I am teaching...
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Not a lot of depth in any one subject but a great overview. I'm using it to teach an Introduction to IT class to undergrad students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Foundation in Computer Concepts May 19 2006
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i received a b.s. in mgt/mis in the 80s and recently took a self-paced community college course that used this as a textbook as part of a 2nd degree program i am pursuing. i wanted to refresh/update my knowledge in the field.

this is a comprehensive overview of computers presented in a clear way with wonderful study aids. i particularly enjoyed the programming, enterprise systems, and networking chapters. it also covers career fields within IT. what really makes this book outstanding is the website that comes with it. at the end of each chapter are tests and tutorials which you can do online. the labs are excellent and i loved the one on chapter 4 which explained the guts of the computer and then had you build one! it had you draw a network diagram and assign ip addresses. these types of tutorials really help "lock in" the subject matter. students today have the best tools to learn. i wish i had this 20 years ago!!

i recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about/brushing up on computer skills. for folks out of school, this is a great way to get the lingo.

to check out the online version go to [...]. each chapter is summarized on this site with a wealth of information to learn and explore.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 6 2016
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Excellent the perfect book for my college class.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 5 2016
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Good to learn more about PC.
3.0 out of 5 stars Technology Education March 10 2006
By Oscar Torres-luqui - Published on
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This is an interesting book to start your knowledge on the Technology field. However, in comparison with other sources

(i.e. The Hardware Bible) it does not have the broadness on

certain subjects.Overall this title is excellent when you want to start in the technology of communications.
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Computers 2007 March 1 2010
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This book arrived in perfect condition but a couple of days later than I thought. I am so glad I took the class in 2008 because the book changed in 2009.