Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms, Eighth Edition

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Computer technology is constantly developing, which is why this title has undergone a complete revision, making it a virtually brand new quick-reference book for all computer users. The authors have expanded it to include more than 2,500 alphabetically arranged computer-related terms and definitions. They emphasize what they call the “human side” of computing, explaining terms as well as defining them in clear non-technical language wherever possible. Filled with enlightening ...
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Overview

Computer technology is constantly developing, which is why this title has undergone a complete revision, making it a virtually brand new quick-reference book for all computer users. The authors have expanded it to include more than 2,500 alphabetically arranged computer-related terms and definitions. They emphasize what they call the “human side” of computing, explaining terms as well as defining them in clear non-technical language wherever possible. Filled with enlightening illustrations, diagrams, and tables.
  • More than 2,500 key terms defined and explained, many with helpful illustrations and tables
  • A major revision covering the latest developments and systems, including Windows 2000 and XP, .NET, MacOS, Linux, and much more
  • Programming examples in Java, C, Pascal, HTML, JavaScript, and other languages
  • Includes new media, digital photography and audio, and Internet culture and humor

Sample Entry:
DATA COMPRESSION
the storage of data in a way that makes it occupy less space than if it were stored in its original form. For example, long sequences of repeated characters can be replaced with short codes that mean "The following character is repeated 35 times," or the like. A more thorough form of data compression involves using codes of different lengths for different character sequences so that the most common sequences take up less space.
Most text files can be compressed to about half their normal size. Digitized images can often be compressed to 10 percent of their original size (or even more if some loss of fine detail can be tolerated), but machine-language programs sometimes cannot be compressed at all because they contain no recurrent patterns. See also ZIP FILE; STUFFIT; PCX; JPEG; MPEG.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764121661
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors ii
To the Reader iv
Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms 1
Numbers 1
Greek Letters 4
A5
B39
C69
D123
E156
F185
G214
H225
I245
J267
K275
L279
M301
N332
O347
P359
Q403
R406
S435
T485
U516
V528
W541
X557
Y562
Z564
Visual Dictionary of Characters and Symbols 566
Country Codes for Top-Level Domains 570
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