A dictionary designed just for people interested in embedded systems, this outstanding book does justice to its name. Each term is thoroughly defined in easy-to-read text. Where needed, a term may be accompanied by a picture, diagram, table, or schematic to help illustrate the definition. You can't beat this dictionary for clear elucidation of the terminology you need to have at your fingertips in studying or working in the embedded systems field.
Authors Jack Ganssle and Michael Barr begin each definition by using a part-of-speech key (e.g., abbr.: abbreviation or acronym; adj.: adjective; etc.) and, where its not obvious, indicate standard pronunciation. The first sentence of each entry is a concise statement of the term's meaning. The authors follow with any abbreviations, alternative terms or -- in the case of an acronym, for example -- expansions. Definitions of key terms are almost encyclopedic in their length, and many others include helpful diagrams, schematics, figures, equations, and code listings. There are even tips for further reading where appropriate sources exist. And everything is cross-referenced to the nth degree.
Anyone who must be knowledgeable about embedded systems will find this excellent dictionary a gold mine full of useful information. For the sales and marketing folks and managers, this dictionary may be all that they really need. On the other hand, for engineers and technical writers, far more depth follows. Overall, you will surely want this book on your desk for handy reference. John R. Vacca
John R. Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written nearly 40 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.