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The Architecture of Computer Hardware, Systems Software, & Networking: An Information Technology Approach 4th Edition
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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.
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.
DON'T BUY THIS BOOK. HORRIBLE AUTHOR.
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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THe book contains a lot of info, but it doesn't follow a pattern. It is hard to complete conceptual thoughts. I often have to create handouts based on the book myself. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by kingk77