Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The book is a great introduction to system design issues that are only taught at few courses in few universities. even-though they show up in computer systems everywhere. This is a very good and easy read for any one in computer industry . it describes all parts of computer systems and how they interact very well. The extension of the book is online and many chapters are available for free to download.The chapter on Naming is worth the money of the book. I have not seen the discussion of naming in such detail and simple terms anywhere,The authors are very well respected professors at MIT and have experience in operating systems and computer system since its early days.I highly recommend this book to any hardware or software student or professional engnineer.
Actually, I can see the authors' attempt to make it a "clear, structured" read, but they failed miserably. One of the most unpleasant technology books I had to deal with. At first it produces an impression of a well structured work with "what's ahead, how this chapter is organized, how that" - but that is all the authors are good at in terms of writing - organizing their outline. They fail terribly at being clear and easy on the reader. Two stars only for a lot of italicized words (definitions) - good idea, but otherwise wanted to give it just one star.
This book provides an essential collection of design considerations for anyone who is tasked with designing, refactoring, or planning systems of computing technology.
I feel like the content is decent, It is hard to absorb all the information without being hands on. a HARD read cause its quite boring.
Some of the topics discussed in this book were truly helpful to my knowledge of systems design - the emphasis on Modularity, for instance, has instilled in me the importance of designing code so that I don't end up with a pile of spaghetti. I personally think that the book would be so much more helpful to the CS student if it offered some practice problems that actually have to do with code. Or else you're simply reading material that'll be too difficult to retain afterwards.
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