IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 3 -- BOOK REVIEWS
Original Publication Date: 1978-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-10
Software Patent Institute
Dr. Francis P. Mathur: AUTHOR [+3]
BOOK REVIEWS * B78-7 Microprocessors in Systems -- Russell Fish, III (System Insights, P. O. Box 1, Austin, TX 78767, 1977, 336 pp., $7.50) * B78-8 Electrical and Electronics Graphic Symbols and Reference Designations -- IEEE Standards Board (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., 1976, 235 pp., $19.95) * B78-9 Computer Aided Design of Digital Systems -- Douglas Lewin (New York: Crane, Russak & Company, Inc., 1977, 313 pp., $22.50)
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B78-7 Microprocessors in Systems -- Russell Fish, III (System Insights, P. O. Box 1, Austin, TX 78767, 1977, 336 pp., $7.50)
This applications manual is intended as a tool for the small system designer. It features seven designs, using the F8 microprocessor family and the new single-chip 3870, and describes the MITOS real-time operating systems for micros.
Essentially, however, the author has merely taken various projects encountered as a consultant and put them into chapters. These (and their subsections) have been given meaningless, flippant titles -- presumably in an effort to gain popular appeal. For example, a chapter describing how sound can be synthesized by generating sine waves is titled, "What's That Sound?" One of its subheads cries out, "What Sine Are You?"
This collection of projects also suffers from poor exposition. In Chapter 6, "Operator, Trace That Call," the author attempts to describe a real-time project but fails to reveal its purpose. The sequence of presentation is the same as if an architect, for example, were to describe a non- residential building piece by piece - - from brick and mortar to a fragment of a wall, to a chamber, to the roof, etc. -- without ever stating that the plans happen to be for a courthouse. The chapter describes a circuit that memorizes telephone numbers as they are dialed, but this is never stated. It becomes apparent only after all the pieces have been fitted together and the puzzled reader has asked himself, "What do we have here?"
The author needs a few courses in report writing, or else he needs a good editor, as well as publisher.
The paperback is aimed at the practicing intermediate designer who, this reviewer feels, can well came up with the design solution faster than he can unscramble this manual. It will probably be remembered only for its jacket -- a photograph of a well-endowed young lady that could well compete with any locker-room pinup. Buy this book if you desperately need a pinup.
Frank Mathur Book Reviews Editor
IEEE Computer Society, Mar 01, 1978 Page 1 IEEE Computer Volume 11 Number 3, Pages 102-103