A Glossary of Computing Terms

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Addison-Wesley, 2002 - Computers - 379 pages
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"very highly recommended to all those whose activities bring them anywhere within spitting distance of computers." "Physics Bulletin"""

"A most useful work." "University Computing"""

"A thoroughly useful publication." "School Science Review"

"should be available in all schools and teritiary institutions teaching courses in computing or information technology." "Physics Education"

The world of computers is fast-moving and filled with jargon, so keeping up to date with the terminology involved can be a daunting task. The tenth edition of this well-established authoritative glossary assumes no previous computing knowledge and uses simple language and numerous illustrations to guide the reader.

The glossary explains over 3000 computing terms. Its unique structure links related terms together in such a way that the definitions are always placed in context to help understanding. The text is structured around four themes:

  • how computer systems are used;
  • what they are made of;
  • how they are developed; and
  • how they work.

It includes over 40 detailed introductions to sections, illustrating how terms may be used in a written context and providing background information for each section.


  • over 3000 terms explained
  • a new section drawing together general computing terms
  • allows quick and easy access to terms
  • guides the reader to related terms where applicable
  • comprehensively indexed
  • contains lists of common abbreviations and acronyms

A Glossary of Computing Terms" has been compiled by a working party of The British Computer SocietyAs Schools Committee and has provided a standardised interpretation of computing terms for use on Information Systems, Information Technology and Computing courses at GCSE level and upwards. It will also be a useful reference for any courses where computers are used, and will be invaluable for anyone needing a painless introduction to computer technology.

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