Jargon: An Informal Dictionary of Computer Terms

Jargon: An Informal Dictionary of Computer Terms

by Robin Williams, Steve Cummings
     
 

In Robin Williams's words, "I wrote this book because I was frustrated with every computer dictionary and glossary I had collected. The explanations were usually so brief and they assumed I knew a host of other things. Jargon's purpose is to provide the beginning-to-average computer user with the full meaning of every important term in a way that's

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In Robin Williams's words, "I wrote this book because I was frustrated with every computer dictionary and glossary I had collected. The explanations were usually so brief and they assumed I knew a host of other things. Jargon's purpose is to provide the beginning-to-average computer user with the full meaning of every important term in a way that's clear, complete, and non-stuffy. When I started work on Jargon, I scoped out a book of 160 pages; but eventually it grew to four times that size. As a teacher, I knew I wanted to provide longer, richer definitions than those cryptic little phrases you'd normally expect. Fortunately, Peachpit let me get carried away and create a computer dictionary that even my mother could enjoy."

Thumb through Jargon and you see definitions that are remarkably easy to find and to read (what a concept!). Rather than tiny lines of type packed in like sardines, the layout is clear and airy with plenty of white space. And to spare PC users from wasting time on Macintosh references (and vice versa), there are little PC and Mac icons in the margins by definitions specific to those platforms.

To enlighten readers and enliven Jargon even more, the book includes cartoons by John Grimes, whose humor has appeared in Ms. magazine, Utne Reader , SF Chronicle , and in his own book, Reality Check . Robin Williams's sister Shannon contributed a cross-word puzzle to see whether you've been paying attention. And Robin's daughter Scarlett, age 7, created a delightful font - cleverly named Scarlett - for chapter headings (available for a $5 shareware fee).

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-Every school and public library serving YAs should own this fabulous dictionary. Nothing seems to have been left out. The terms are clearly defined, and the concepts behind them are particularly well explained. William's style is so readable that this resource is hard to put down.
Booknews
An excellent resource for beginning and intermediate users. The definitions of some 1,200 terms are clear and appealingly written, but meaty, and the page design is attractive and legible. Although entries are alphabetically arranged, a nice feature is the thorough indexing, giving access to terms used in more than one context or having more than one meaning. An appendix thoroughly explains how to read a computer ad. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780938151845
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
02/16/1995
Pages:
688
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.25(d)

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Michael Wright
" Jargon would make an excellent reference guide for any home computer user and is also perfect for the classroom."--Borger News-Herald

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