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Waterfields guide to computer software
Delcher, Arthur L.
Publication Information:
Ellicott City, Md. : Waterfields Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 682 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Includes index.
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QA76.754 .W377 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A basic guide to choosing and using operating systems, network and Internet software, applications and utilities (e.g., spreadsheet and word processing software), programming languages, and a few miscellaneous applications such as Quicken. Tables list manufacturers and approximate prices. Novice users will appreciate the glossary, an overview of how computers work, and a table which lists uses of software by task (e.g., direct mail, employee management, legal documents, mailing labels, and scheduling).

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Delcher (author of Waterfields Guide to Computer Terms, CH, Jul'95) tries to give an understanding of the most popular computer software used today, covering the basics of certain kinds of software as well as specific applications. The best part of the book is its illustrations, which include tables comparing software features and many screen shots of what specific software does and looks like. Subjects covered include files and disaster control, operating systems, networks and the Internet, application and utilities software, and programming languages. Many definitions run a quarter to half a page; large sections treat specific programs. Like all computer-oriented books, this one is outdated as soon as released; for example, the section on operating systems covers Windows 95, 98 and NT, but not Windows 2000. Although this book is well researched and thorough, the most current information will be found in articles and on the Web. M. S. Brown-Sica; University of Colorado at Denver

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Main Parts of Desktop Computersp. 6
How a Computer Operatesp. 12
Introduction to Softwarep. 15
Part I Files and Disaster Controlp. 19
Chapter 1 Files--Using and Storing Themp. 21
Files and File Namesp. 22
Saving Filesp. 30
Managing Filesp. 36
Common File Mistakesp. 46
Chapter 2 Disaster Controlp. 53
Skills for Surviving Disastersp. 56
Preparing for Problemsp. 60
Disaster-Avoiding Habitsp. 67
Part II Operating Systemsp. 71
Introduction to Operating Systemsp. 71
Chapter 3 DOSp. 73
Introduction to DOSp. 74
Batch and System Filesp. 78
Using DOS: Basic Commandsp. 84
Chapter 4 Windowsp. 95
Using Windowsp. 97
Windows 3.xp. 118
Using Windows 3.xp. 121
Windows 95p. 136
Using Windows 95p. 145
Windows 98p. 168
Windows NTp. 183
Chapter 5 OS/2, Unix, and Apple Operating Systemsp. 193
OS/2p. 193
Unixp. 201
Apple Operating Systemsp. 209
Part III Networks and the Internetp. 219
Introduction to Networksp. 219
Chapter 6 Networksp. 221
Network Hardwarep. 225
Network Softwarep. 238
Chapter 7 The Internetp. 275
Using the Internetp. 276
Internet Detailsp. 290
Intranets and VPNsp. 301
Online Information Servicesp. 303
Part IV Application and Utilities Softwarep. 309
Chapter 8 Buying and Using Application Softwarep. 313
Which Software?p. 314
Buying Softwarep. 318
Chapter 9 Word Processingp. 331
Using Word Processing Programsp. 335
Chapter 10 Spreadsheetsp. 379
Using Spreadsheet Programsp. 381
Chapter 11 Databasesp. 421
Database Fundamentalsp. 426
Using Database Programsp. 439
Chapter 12 Design and Publishingp. 461
Design Softwarep. 470
Publishing Softwarep. 490
Chapter 13 Utilities and Miscellaneous Applicationsp. 507
Utilitiesp. 508
Miscellaneous Applicationsp. 525
Appendix 1 Programming Languages and Technologyp. 543
Low-Level Languagesp. 543
High-Level Languagesp. 545
Object Technologyp. 560
Appendix 2 Bits, Bytes, and Nibblesp. 571
Binary Numbersp. 572
Digital Computers and Binary Codep. 577
Appendix 3 Uses of Softwarep. 581
Glossaryp. 587
Acronymsp. 647
Indexp. 653