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The Architecture of Computer Hardware, Systems Software, & Networking: An Information Technology Approach Hardcover – May 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0471715429 ISBN-10: 0471715425 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471715425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471715429
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Irv Englander has been involved in many different aspects of the computing field for more than forty years. He has designed logic circuits, developed integrated circuits, developed computer architectures, designed computer-controlled systems, designed operating systems developed application software, created the initial system design for a large water monitoring system, performed software auditing and verification of critical control software, and developed and specified hardware components and application software as a consultant for business systems large and small. As an educator he has contributed papers and given workshops on end-user computing, e-commerce, and on computer architecture education in the IS curriculum. He was an invited contributor and reviewer for the IS-97 information systems curriculum/ He is actively involved in the application of new technology to information systems. Dr. Englander has a Ph.D. From MIT in computer Science. His doctoral thesis was based on the design of a large image processing software laboratory. At MIT he won the supervised Investors Award for outstanding teaching. He holds the rank of Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bentley college, where he has taught full-time for nearly twenty-five years. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I want to learn stuff I don't know.
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For example: When speaking about ASCII or Unicode they author is very vague if you would even call it that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin Tallent on January 29, 2012
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I want to be clear that I'm coming from a strict engineering (electrical/computer) background so I am somewhat biased toward a more thorough mathematical treatment of concepts ...

Although this text is very comprehensive, covering a wide range of topics relating to computers: software, hardware, networking; the depth is very lacking. To make matters worse, I find some of the information presented to be somewhat misleading or at least lacking detail to the point of leaving out some key concepts. I have been able to squeeze a little bit of useful information from this text in an area or two in which I was not very familiar; however, I think it would be helpful for readers to know that the majority of the concepts presented in this text are learned by the majority of technically inclined people throughout high school and a technical undergraduate education (without the aid of a course and/or text that presents this material formally). Any supporting information necessary beyond that can be easily obtained online.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on February 21, 2011
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This book gives a good overview of computer architecture however its on the IT level. If you want more detail on the Compute Science level with math equations this isn't the book. You will learn a good deal of system internals
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Andonov on April 10, 2010
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This is book is a waste of money. There are hundreds of examples and no important information. You gonna have to go through many pages, until you reach something that it's really worth it.
Anyway, it's matter of choice, but I don't wanna read the author opinions. I want to learn stuff I don't know. The serious material in that book is 100 pages or less out of 700!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Benjamin on June 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I took a Computer Architecture class that uses this textbook. It's awful, and poorly written. I don't know why schools would opt to use this book. Even the latest edition has glaring mistakes obvious to even the newest computer user, which hinders learning what accurate information there is.

In one of the very first chapters, it purports to explain architectures, and then proceeds to show such ridiculous diagrams as "Google" using "CGI" on "database servers."

The explanations are often technically incorrect and simplified and abstracted to a level of absurdity, to the point of making the material completely incomprehensible. The exercises are inconsistent and impossible to understand. In one chapter, after proceeding to explain everything in simple terms using base 10, it jumps immediately into exercises using binary numbers. It asks to use the "instruction set used in this chapter," but there is no such instruction set. The only possibility is that the author might possibly want is to use the instruction set from the *previous* chapter.

Avoid this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Nasca on March 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This information in this book is not really new or exciting. How computers actually work has not changed (in principal) much in the last 50 years. Most of the information can be found on the web. Save 30 dollars and buy the International Student Edition The Architecture of Computer Hardware and System Software: An Information Technology Approach. However, the exercises at the end of the chapter are not in the same order. For example, question 10.1 in this book is question 10.4 in the International Student Edition.
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By Mohammed Shaher Qassar on February 2, 2014
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very good condition i like the book
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to read this horrible garbage for my College Studies. I feel that I have already wasted more than enough time with the garbage and I'm wasting even more of my time by taking the time to let others to steer clear of this garbage.

For example: When speaking about ASCII or Unicode they author is very vague if you would even call it that. An ASCII table is listed however a Unicode table or reference is no where to be found.

Everything in this book is much easier to not only understand but to find on the Internet
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken M. Jones on December 9, 2013
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You can't blame Amazon for the quality or contents of this particular book. The book was part of my Master degree program class, so I had to purchase it (as I believe most of us are in this situation). I believe Amazon was one of the only few who not only had the book, but was able to get it to me within two days using my Amazon prime status.
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