- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 8/24/11 edition (September 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463733895
- ISBN-13: 978-1463733896
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D is for Digital: What a well-informed person should know about computers and communications Paperback – September 23, 2011
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Brian Kernighan is a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is the co-author of eight other books, including the computer science classic The C Programming Language.
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I enjoyed this book because the author wrote about technical details and and explained them in layman's terms with a sprinkle of humor.
Prof. Kernighan is a particularly renowned figure in the field of information technologies. Since 70's he's been involved with development of systems which are still in use nowadays and nowhere near disappearing. He's been a key figure in revolutionary UNIX operating system, where he designed AWK language, and wrote a book on programming it. He also authored a book on C language together with creator of the language that's still very widely appreciated in the programming community.
This is a very different book. Instead of focusing on highly technical topics he explains very basics of the technology with focus on clear and easy to follow language and figures. Taking Einstein's quotation into account, Kernighan certainly understands things well enough. I've read the book with intention to compare my understanding of the very basics of the technologies with Kernighan's explanations and fill in the gaps. It definitely was worthwhile.
I'd recommend this book virtually to everyone. It's easy to follow for non-technical people, yet a pleasure to read for with someone with experience in computing. Despite his focus on young adults and students, it's certainly a good reading for a gifted child too.