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30 review for D is for Digital: What a well-informed person should know about computers and communications

  1. 5 out of 5

    박은정 Park

    I just plainly LOOOOVE this book! Kernighan mainly speaks about software, hardware, communication (and data), in a chronologically organized manner. The topics on communication were especially intriguing, and I think I was really fortunate to meet this book when my interests toward security peaked. Great for novices, but also very nice for digital experts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jascha Narveson

    I read this book a couple of years ago, so I can't comment on specific things any more, but I remember at the time thinking to myself how clear and direct the explanations were. I teach computational subjects to 4th through 12th graders, and so although I knew the material already I very much appreciated the writing. I've since recommended it to both my parents and my in-laws - a wonderful book to give someone who feels baffled by computers but wants to learn more. I read this book a couple of years ago, so I can't comment on specific things any more, but I remember at the time thinking to myself how clear and direct the explanations were. I teach computational subjects to 4th through 12th graders, and so although I knew the material already I very much appreciated the writing. I've since recommended it to both my parents and my in-laws - a wonderful book to give someone who feels baffled by computers but wants to learn more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Kim

    One of the most informative books I've read. It's well written and easy to understand. It's a good introduction to computers and communication principles to non engineers, but also a good refresher book for the engineers. I highly recommend you read it. One of the most informative books I've read. It's well written and easy to understand. It's a good introduction to computers and communication principles to non engineers, but also a good refresher book for the engineers. I highly recommend you read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bharath Ballamudi

    This book serves as a delightful primer for novices in introducing the underpinnings of today's ubiquitous internet world. This book serves as a delightful primer for novices in introducing the underpinnings of today's ubiquitous internet world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    This book is meant to be a primer to non-computer-science people on basic computer engineering concepts. As such, it largely succeeds, and though I am not the target audience, I enjoyed the overview of the internet, which I was less familiar with than the other sections (hardware and software). I enjoy Kernighan as a writer (this is the third of his books that I've read), but I think that this particular book could do with a few more slower paced examples for some of the concepts. Perhaps I'm un This book is meant to be a primer to non-computer-science people on basic computer engineering concepts. As such, it largely succeeds, and though I am not the target audience, I enjoyed the overview of the internet, which I was less familiar with than the other sections (hardware and software). I enjoy Kernighan as a writer (this is the third of his books that I've read), but I think that this particular book could do with a few more slower paced examples for some of the concepts. Perhaps I'm underestimating the students of his classes (this book rose out of a class he teaches at Princeton on computers for non-computer-majors), but I think if I were explaining some of the concepts, I would spend some more time on each one. Likely he is constrained by a desire to have a shorter length book. This is a good book for anyone who doesn't know much about the inner workings of computers, and would like an overview of the field.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Great overview of modern digital technology, talks about everything from bits and bytes to security and privacy to the protocols of the Internet and big concepts like Cloud Computing. Would recommend for non-technical people working in technology, or just anyone who wants to know what software engineers work on/with. The author is admittedly more paranoid about privacy than most of us, but for good reason. He talks about the many ways companies track our data and just how detailed it can get.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert St.Amant

    My Amazon review: In the preface to this book, Kernighan poses a question: What should a well-informed person know about computing? He answers this question first by breaking the field down into hardware, software, and communications (with data a possible fourth category), and then by walking through some of the most important concepts in these areas, describing them in a lively, accessible way. The book is targeted at readers without a computer background, but it's a short, fun read for the mor My Amazon review: In the preface to this book, Kernighan poses a question: What should a well-informed person know about computing? He answers this question first by breaking the field down into hardware, software, and communications (with data a possible fourth category), and then by walking through some of the most important concepts in these areas, describing them in a lively, accessible way. The book is targeted at readers without a computer background, but it's a short, fun read for the more knowledgeable as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mbogo J

    With these kind of books you judge them on how they treated stuff that you had prior knowledge, I felt Kernighan did a good job so when he delved into areas I didn't know much about I trusted he was telling the truth. Like how the internet and world wide web are not the same thing, among other nuggets. With these kind of books you judge them on how they treated stuff that you had prior knowledge, I felt Kernighan did a good job so when he delved into areas I didn't know much about I trusted he was telling the truth. Like how the internet and world wide web are not the same thing, among other nuggets.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Young Ha

    K&R 생각하고 덜컥 사는 (불필요한 입문) 책 아닌가 싶었는데 읽으면 읽을수록 내가 몰랐던 컴퓨터에 대해서 많이 알게되고 틈틈이 혜안을 엿볼 수 있는 책. D is for Digital 추천합니다.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ben Young

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Caudal

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marcin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Saim

  14. 5 out of 5

    Franza Cavalcante

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaya Krishna

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hania Intisar

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steph Bell

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Zach Gilfix

  20. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Hamza

  21. 4 out of 5

    daniel jackson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vytautas Šaltenis

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bird

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ovidiu Neatu

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jose Ignacio Seco Sanz

    6 stars. Best book I read this year.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Himani

  29. 4 out of 5

    Malte

  30. 4 out of 5

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