Glossary of Computing Terms

Glossary of Computing Terms

by British Computer Society Staff (Editor)

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Glossary of Computing Terms by British Computer Society Staff

The glossary provides explanations for over 2400 computing terms. All aspects of computing are covered from programming languages to personnel, from architecture to applications, from storage to systems software. The text is structured around three themes: how computer systems are used, what computer systems are made up of, and how computer systems work. It includes over 40 essays as introductions to sections, which illustrate how terms may be used in a written context as well as provide background information for each section.


  • now includes comprehensive coverage of the internet
  • allows quick and easy reference
  • guides the reader to other related terms where applicable
  • includes a comprehensive index
  • contains a list of common abbreviations and acronyms
  • some current A-levels refer explicitly to the Glossary as a reference source for definitions of terms

A Glossary of Computing Terms has been compiled by a working party of The British Computer Society's Education Committee and provides a standardized interpretation of computing terms to use on Information Systems, Information Technology and Computing courses at GCSE level and upwards. It is also a useful reference source for any other courses where computers are used. For anyone requiring a simple painless introduction to computer technology this book will prove invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780273036456
Publisher: Financial Times/Prentice Hall Books
Publication date: 08/28/1991
Edition description: 7th ed
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

A: How Computer Systems Are Used.

Data Processing.
Word Processing.
Databases and Information Retrieval.
Graphics and Design.
Modelling and Simulation.
Virtual Reality.
Numerical and Scientific Computing.
Hypermedia Systems.
Computer Assisted Learning and Training.
Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems.
User Interface.
User Documentation.
Computer Personnel.
Computer Abuse, Security and Related Law.

B: What Computer Systems Are Made Of.

Types of Computer.
Display Devices.
Communications Devices and Control Devices.

C: How Computer Systems Work.

Systems Design and Life Cycle.
Systems Documentation.
Management and Manipulation Of Data.
Programming Concepts.
Programming (Flow of Execution).
Programming (Subprograms).
Program Syntax.
Program Documentation.
Developing, Testing and Running Programs.
Programming Languages.
Data Representation.
Numeric Data Representation.
Systems Software.
Machine Architecture.
Interfaces and Buses.
Physical Components.
Communications Technology.
Truth Tables and Logic Gates.

D: Appendices.

Acronyms and Abbreviations.
Tables and figures.

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