- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (August 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132492679
- ISBN-13: 978-0132492676
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sara Baase is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Computer Science, San Diego State University, where she won awards for outstanding teaching. Her textbooks in computer science have been translated into several languages. Dr. Baase received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
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In that class we had everything from 17 year young first time students to 80 year olds that were interested in computers, non of them had any type of issue with reading this textbook for all our assignments.
Personally this book was fairly interesting to me to read and ranged from everything from old time computers to failsafe to encryption to a whole heck of a lot in between!
If your in CIS or are starting out in computer science classes (or are at least interested in them) I would totally recommend this book. ONLY as long as it isnt super expensive!
I'd bought the Kindle edition so I could quickly read it as I traveled during my day. However, due to the font and format, I have to read it on my tablet in landscape to get a full line of text on the screen.
Working in the IT field, I'm not finding that this book provides any new information. It also doesn't seem to provide any guidance on the social or moral issues it presents. The tone is very passive from what I've read, which makes it very slow to read. I think the content would be great for student heading into the workforce, but not poor for anyone with an established career.
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