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Laplante (a licensed professional engineer, author of numerous scholarly publications) has assembled an international team of experts to develop this useful dictionary of computer science and engineering terms. Its 5,000 entries cover all aspects of computer science from data structures and programming to robotics and artificial intelligence. Although most terms are explained in easily understood language, the contributors assume some reader experience with numerical analysis and computer science, since definitions are not reduced to their simplest form, unlike many recent popular computer dictionaries. This work departs from its contemporaries by excluding most proprietary and trade names, by limiting the number of biographical entries, and by eliminating many terms associated with the Internet (e.g., "gopher," "cookie," "e-mail"). Recommended for academic libraries supporting computer science, computer engineering, or electrical engineering programs, although they may also need a good, generalized dictionary on computers and the Internet, such as Philip E. Margolis's Random House Webster's Computer & Internet Dictionary (3rd ed., 1999), to ensure comprehensive coverage. K. L. Carriveau Jr. Baylor University
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