A detailed treatment of the key architectural features of Alpha AXP systems.
This outstanding new book describes the internals and data structures of the OpenVMS AXP operating system Version 1.5 in vivid detail. Perhaps the most comprehensive and up-to-date description available for a commercial operating system, it is an irreplaceable reference for operating system development engineers, operating system troubleshooting experts, systems programmers, consultants and customer support specialists.
Some of the text and much of the book's structure are derived from its highly successful predecessor, VAX/VMS Internals and Data Structures: Version 5.2. The new work is divided into nine parts: Introduction; Control Mechanisms; Synchronization; Scheduling and Time Support; Memory Management; Input/Output; Life of a Process; Life of the System; and Miscellaneous Topics. Each of the 39 chapters is akin to a case study on the topic it covers, based on the depth and breadth of treatment. Although the descriptions are of the OpenVMS operating system for the Alpha AXP family of processors, the concepts are equally applicable to the internals of any modern-day multiprocessing operating system running on a RISC computer.
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Preface Part I. INTRODUCTION 1. System Overview 2. I/O Architecture Part II. CONTROL MECHANISMS 3. Interrupts and Exceptions 4. Hardware Interrupts and Machine Checks 5. Software Interrupts 6. Condition Handling 7. System Service Dispatching 8. ASTs Part III. SYNCHRONIZATION 9. Synchronization Techniques 10. Event Flags 11. Lock Management Part IV. SCHEDULING AND TIME SUPPORT 12. Time Support 13. Scheduling 14. Process Control and Communication Part V. MEMORY MANAGEMENT 15. Memory Management Overview 16. Memory Management Data Structure 17. Memory Management System Services 18. Paging Dynamics 19. Working Set List Dynamics 20. The Swapper 21. Pool Management Part VI. INPUT/OUTPUT 22. Overview of the I/O Subsystem 23. I/O System Services 24. I/O Processing 25. Mailboxes 26. Miscellaneous I/O Topics Part VII. LIFE OF A PROCESS 27. Process Creation 28. Image Activation and Exit 29. Translated Image Environment 30. Process Dynamics 31. Process Deletion Part VIII. LIFE OF THE SYSTEM 32. The Modular Executive 33. Bootstrap Processing 34. Operating System Initialization 35. Error Handling 36. Error Halt Processing 37. Symmetric Multiprocessing Part IX. MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS 38. Logical Names 39. Miscellaneous System Services APPENDIXES System Processes and Privileged Images Use of Listings and Map Files SYSGEN Parameters Naming Conventions Data Structure Definitions Size of System and P1 Virtual Address Spaces Summary of AXP Systems Lock and Resource Use by OpenVMS Components LIST OF ACRONYMSJune, 1994 hardbound 1,800 pages
An in-depth overview of VAXcluster technology - from an "applied theory" perspective.
This in-depth exploration of the major components of the VMS operating system is ideal for computer professionals who need a thorough understanding of VAXcluster components and functionality to support, manage, and develop applications in a VAXcluster environment. It:
1993 paperbound 600 pages 55558-112-9 $49.95
A comprehensive introduction to the extensive capabilities offered by CDD/Repository-Version 5.0 - a data dictionary facility for the Open VMS Operating System.
There are few repositories in the marketplace today that offer the functionality and capabilities of CDD/Repository, and it is fast becoing the repository-of-choice in software development departments in many companies, software tool companies, and consultant firms. This comprehensive guide focuses on Version 5.0 of CDD/Repository - an extremely sophisticated and powerful repository based on an object-oriented approach. This is an active distributed repository system that provides the functionality necessary for users to organize, manage, control and integrate tools and applications across their companies. The repository simplifies application development by providing information management and environment management features.
The guide to the new Alpha system.
This is the authoritative reference on the new 64-bit RISC Alpha architecture of Digital Equipment Corporation. Written by the designers of the internal Digital specifications, this book contains complete descriptions of the common architecture required for all implementations and the interfaces required to support the OSF/1 and OpenVMS operating systems.
A guide to the latest version of ALL-IN-1 - for new and experienced users.
ALL-IN-1: MANAGING AND PROGRAMMING IN V3.0 assists both new and experienced ALL-IN-1 system managers and programmers to make the best of ALL-IN-1 V3.0 - the biggest single release of ALL-IN-1 since V2.0 (1985):
1993 paperbound 552 pages 55558-101-3 $52.95
A complete guide to ALL-IN-1 installation and customization that goes beyond available product documentation.
Based on the author's extensive experience developing ALL-IN-1 subsystems and customizing their applications to specific customer sites, this handbook offers a far deeper treatment than the product documentation itself. Addressed to the needs of system managers, application programmers, and anyone who might work with ALL-IN-1 on a technical level, the guide features real-world practical examples, figures, and tables to illustrate the many possibilities available to meet the customized requirements of individual installations and users.
1992 paperbound 551 pages 55558-086-6 $44.95
An invaluable guide for programmers and system managers to the best ways to move swiftly through the ALL-IN-1 code jungle.
ALL-IN-1: INTEGRATING APPLICATIONS IN V3.0 helps programmers experienced in third generation languages to use code-level integration to:
1993 paperbound 265 pages 55558-102-1 $52.95
A must for anyone performing database procurement for evaluation/functions.
Rdb/VMS is a relational database system that was developed by Digital for the VAX family using the VMS operating system. It is one of a number of information management products that work together in an environment, enabling users to easily share information throughout an organization. Based on Version 4.0 of the Rdb/VMS system, this comprehensive introduction covers components, data definition and manipulation, storage structures, table access, transaction management, security, database integrity and restructuring, tuning and optimization, distribution, interoperability, the data dictionary, transaction processing, tools, application programming, and more.
1991 paperbound 352 pages 55558-073-4 $34.95
The initial reference material on operating system support for Alpha.
These cutting-edge volumes are the first publications to explain OpenVMS operating system support for Digital's new 64-bit Alpha AXP architecture. Written for computer professionals who need detailed knowledge of Alpha platforms as early as it can be made available, they contain the most authoritative and timely information on the OpenVMS AXP operating system currently available. These PRELIMINARY EDITION volumes were written concurrently with the development of the operating system and are up-to-date as of the time of publication.
Topics covered include:
Volume 1: 1992 paperbound 412 pages 55558-095-5 $30.00
Volume 2: 1992 paperbound 306 pages 55558-105-6 $30.00
Volume 3: 1993 paperbound 270 pages 55558-109-9 $30.00
Invaluable for any professional working with Digital equipment.
Compiled by a committee from Digital - engineers, writers, and specialists - the latest edition of this indispensable guide includes nearly 4,500 new entries, twice as many pages as the first edition, and two new appendixes with guidelines to help you write readable technical text. It's an all-in-one glossary of technical terms, abbreviations, expansions, and acronyms for Digital products and functions - and for computing generally.
1986 paperbound 659 pages 93237682-7 $29.95
The only book on UNIX for experienced VMS users making the transition between the two systems.
This unique book is for any computer professional making the transition from VMS to UNIX. Each concept is illustrated with one or more examples comparing the way a task is performed in VMS and in UNIX. You move in a logical sequence, progressing from fundamental concepts to advanced programming and networking. Based on the Berkeley 4.2 version of UNIX, the text includes more than 150 interactive examples as well as appendixes providing command summaries and useful cross-reference tables, as well as a glossary.
1990 paperbound 368 pages 55558-034-3 $29.95
Takes up where VAX/VMS documentation leaves off.
Find out how to use the Digital Command Language (DCL) to write programs - through the logical, hands-on method presented in this book. DCL is the standard command language for VMS - and is a well-structured, general-purpose programming tool when used to best advantage. Assuming a background knowledge of VMS, the book begins by describing the common features of DCL, then presents it as a programming language, including:
The popular guide to VMS utilities and applications.
No matter what components you're using, the new edition of this popular resource will help you learn to perform simple and useful tasks on the VAX/VMS system - with confidence! The book offers a hands-on introduction to the EDT and EVE screen editor programs, the DECspell spelling checker, WPS-PLUS, phone and mail utilities, VAX Notes, the DATATRIEVE database management program, the DECalc electronic spreadsheet, the BITNET network, and more. Included are a wealth of lively examples, exercises, and illustrations - plus ``quick reference'' charts summarizing commands and operations at the end of each chapter. Nine useful appendixes include additional detailed material. This practical, easy-to-use guide is indispensable for anyone who wants to become a self-sufficient VAX user - whether your needs are administrative, instructional, or academic.
For new users - the comprehensive guide to VMS.
For new and nontechnical users of VMS, here is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide. It introduces you to the operating system and the built-in functions of VMS, Version 5 - complete with hands-on, self- teaching experiments and step-by-step instructions to improve mastery. For more proficient users, the book serves as a quick look-up reference. Featuring:
A fresh presentation of VAX/VMS operating system concepts.
Discover a practical new approach to understanding VAX/VMS operating system concepts. Combining discussions of operating system theory with examples of its application in key VAX/VMS operating system facilities, this book provides a thoughtful introduction for application programmers, system managers, and students. In addition, you'll learn how VAX/VMS system services can tap the power of the operating system to perform critical tasks on behalf of applications. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the theoretical aspects of a key operating system concept - including generally recognized solutions and algorithms - followed by an explanation of how the concept is implemented, plus an example that shows the uses and implications of the approach.
How to write high-quality professional applications on VAX/VMS.
This exciting book is the first to actually explain how to write high-quality professional applications on VAX/VMS. With numerous programming examples to illuminate the text, it offers a clear, detailed methodology highlighting those aspects of VMS that every well-written application must address. You'll find:
Takes a unique systems approach.
Master the relationships between today's advanced operating systems and applications and the hardware that supports them. Taking a unique systems approach, this completely revised and updated second edition of a classic shows you how. Using the VAX as a detailed example, the first half of the book offers a complete course in assembly language programming. The second describes higher-level systems issues in computer architecture. Highlights include the VAX assembler and debugger, other modern architectures such as RISCs, multiprocessing and parallel computing, microprogramming, caches and translation buffers, and an appendix on the Berkeley UNIX assembler.
1989 clothbound 444 pages 55558-015-7 $39.95
Updated edition of the authoritative resource.
The second edition of the definitive guide to the design of Digital's most popular computer family, the
VAX ARCHITECTURE REFERENCE MANUAL, further enhances its status as the bible of the
machine's structure.... It contains the most comprehensive description of the VAX architecture to be found
anywhere.... [Readers] will find this organized, well-indexed manual indispensable.
- DEC Professional
Every knowledgeable VAX programmer and architect will want to acquire this resource that Digital's own engineers depend on. From the Micro-VAX II to the VAX 9000, it spans the complete range of hardware and software issues and includes important new material covering the VAX shared-memory model and new vector processing extensions.
1991 paperbound 560 pages 55558-057-2 $49.95
Most authoritative, complete description of the VAX/VMS operating system.
Experts who have been directly involved in engineering, teaching, troubleshooting, and supporting the VMS operating system since its creation bring you this totally revised edition of this landmark reference. Comprehensive and convenient, the book focuses on the kernel of the VAX/VMS Version 5.2 operating system: process management; memory management; the I/O subsystem; the mechanisms that transfer control to, from, and among these; and the system services that support and complement them. Written for professionals using VMS who wish to understand the components, mechanisms, and data structures, the book reflects every change to the VAX/VMS operating system through Version 5.2. An all-new detailed technical index and hundreds of data structure diagrams make the contents more accessible and easy to use.
Add this to your VAX/VMS library.
For software specialists, system programmers, applications designers, and other computer professionals, here is a welcome in-depth study of the VMS file system, Version 5.2. You'll find it helpful in understanding the data structures, algorithms, interfaces to, and basic synchronization mechanisms of the VMS file system - that part of the operating system responsible for storing and managing files and information in memory and in secondary storage. The book is also fascinating as a case study of the VMS implementation of a file system. Topics include the Files-11 On-Disk Structure, volume structure processing (including the handling of both on-disk and in-memory data structures), system-wide caching algorithms, clusterwide coordination techniques, and the I/O subsystem - including the extended $QIO processor (the Files-11 XQP).
1990 paperbound 460 pages 55558-056-4 $49.95
A complete description of Digital's Network Applications Support (NAS) architecture.
Designed for anyone interested in learning about the NAS architecture - including application developers, technical consultants, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Value-Added Resellers (VARs), and Digital's Integrated Business Units (IBUs) - NAS ARCHITECTURE REFERENCE MANUAL provides information on the NAS services and the key public interfaces supported by each service.
1993 paperbound 564 pages 55558-115-3 $34.95
A practical guide for integrating your PCs Microsoft WINDOWS graphical environment into enterprise-wide networks.
WORKING WITH TEAMLINKS is a practical guide to Digital's office system for the Microsoft Windows graphical user environment. Its thorough coverage will help experienced and inexperienced users, programmers, and system implementers realize the benefits while avoiding the pitfalls of using PCs in an integrated multivendor office system. The book shows how the TeamLinks File Cabinet works, how TeamLinks mail flows, how to streamline business processes with the TeamRoute document-routing system, and how to integrate applications in a TeamLinks environment. It discusses the problems of implementing a PC-based office system and of managing the process of migration from ALL-IN-1 IOS, Digital's minicomputer-based office system. An appendix documents TeamLinks internal codes and presents other interesting information. A companion diskette contains many sample programs that can be used as a base for your own solutions.
1993 paperbound 446 pages (includes diskette)
An introduction to the architecture AND the software and middleware of NAS.
NAS (Network Applications Support) is both a comprehensive architecture and set of software products designed to provide a framework that makes it possible for applications developers to enhance those characteristics of computing applications that promote interoperability, application distributability, and application portability among applications that run on Digital's computing platforms as well as those from other vendors, such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, SunMicrosystems, Apple Computer, and others. For managers, executives, and information systems staff, NAS describes both types of NAS products - 1) those that comprise a set of development toolkits that provide services directly to computing applications; both Digital applications and user-written applications. This important new class of software, called middleware, operates as an intermediary between application programs and the underlying hardware/software platform, and 2) those that build on the NAS middleware to provide services directly to the end users of computing services.
1993 paperbound 412 pages 55558-117-X $34.95
An introduction and tutorial - as well as a comprehensive reference - on ALL of C-Kermit's capabilities.
USING C-KERMIT describes the new release, 5A, of Columbia University's popular C-Kermit communication software - the most portable of all communication software packages. Available at low cost on a variety of magnetic media from Columbia University, C-Kermit can be used on computers of all sizes - ranging from desktop workstations to minicomputers to mainframes and supercomputers. The numerous examples, illustrations, and tables in USING C-KERMIT make the powerful and versatile C-Kermit functions accessible for new and experienced users alike:
1993 paperbound 514 pages 55558-108-0 $34.95
For new and seasoned BITNET users alike.
The first book to cover BITNET exclusively, this volume addresses the needs of those who have never used a national computer network, as well as those who are familiar with accessing BITNET from the VMS operating system. Comprehensive in coverage, it details the many aspects of using BITNET - from electronic mail to searching remote databased to carrying on RELAY conversations with other users around the world. Appendixes provide specific programs and listings of the more popular mailing lists, digests, and electronic magazines.
1992 paperbound 161 pages 55558-094-7 $25.95
A book/disk package for gathering and sending electronic information around the world - with your PC and MS-DOS Kermit.
USING MS-DOS KERMIT is a book/disk package designed to help both technical and non-technical PC users alike to link their IBM PCs, PS/2s, or compatibles to other computers and data services - e.g., Dow Jones News/Retrieval, MCI Mail, databases like BBS, DIALOG or TYMNET, and any mainframe - throughout the world. Based on the author's close involvement with development and distribution of the Kermit transfer protocol, the guide supplies easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, meticulously compiled tables, and at-a-glance information on important areas. The latest version of MS-DOS KERMIT is included with the book and provides:
1992 paperbound 345 pages (includes diskette)
THE definitive tutorial/reference on the detailed specification of the Kermit file transfer protocol.
This authoritative, all-in-one introduction, manual, and complete reference shows readers - at all levels of technical expertise - how to use Kermit to transfer diverse data between different computer systems and data communications environments. Using tutorials, case studies, and examples of actual Kermit codes, it provides instructions for basic use and a detailed description of the Kermit protocols:
1987 paperbound 379 pages 932376-88-6 $29.95
The first book-length introduction to one of the fastest growing LAN standards on the market today.
Based upon the primer that received a 1991 Award for Excellence from the Society of Technical Communications (STC), FDDI: AN INTRODUCTION TO FIBER DISBRIBUTED DATA INTERFACE is the first book devoted to this new high-speed, high-bandwidth standard. A concise and thorough technical introduction to the subject, it covers all aspects of the FDDI standard - from its protocol specifications to its implementation and management in real-world, large-enterprise, local area networks. The book is written and designed for rapid comprehension by computer systems managers, telecommunications managers, and communications professionals who make decisions regarding networks for their organizations. The FDDI technology and applications are extensively illustrated, but without mention of Digital's FDDI products. An extensive glossary defines key networking, LAN and FDDI terms.
1992 paperbound 209 pages 55558-093-9 $17.95
Your map through the network jungle.
Here's how to track down virtually every network available to academics and researchers. This new book, with its detailed compilation of host-level information, provides everything you need to locate resources, send mail to colleagues and friends worldwide, and answer questions about how to access major national and international networks. Extensively cross-referenced information on ARPANET/MILNET, BITNET, CSNET, ESnet, NSFNET, SPAN, THEnet, USENET, and loads of others is all provided. Included are detailed lists of hosts, site contacts, administrative domains, and organizations. Plus, a tutorial chapter with handy reference tables reveals electronic mail `secrets' that make it easier to take advantage of networking.
1990 paperbound 630 pages 55558-047-5 $35.95
From the authorities on information processing.
``This book is the important landmark we've all been waiting for:
the comprehensive overview of Digital's Phase V architecture!''
- Marshall Rose, PSI, Inc., and author, THE OPEN BOOK: A PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE ON OSI Broaden your understanding of how large networks are designed with this introduction to the concepts surrounding Digital Network Architecture. This useful book blends an OSI tutorial with a complete look at how OSI technology is used in a Digital computer network. You'll gain useful insights into OSI and the process of OSI standardization as well as implementation - all presented in a straightforward, easy-to-follow style.
A look at how ten American colleges and universities bridged the gap between computing, administrative, and library organizations.
Detailed case studies from ten American colleges and universities will prepare you to make better plans and decisions for an electronic library, integrated information management system, or unified information resource. You'll find models and guidelines covering reference services, latest philosophies and strategies, management and organization issues, delivery mechanisms, and more.
1990 clothbound 404 pages 55558-036-X $34.95
A hands-on encyclopedic directory of specific networks and conferencing systems that encompass millions of users across every continent.
This complete, central source lets you tap into the worldwide information-sharing network of engineers, scientists, and researchers - no matter where you live or work. It's a hands-on encyclopedic directory of specific networks and conferencing systems that encompass millions of users across every continent! Following a useful overview, you can look up specific systems, their interconnections and uses, history, funding, standards and services - all organized country-by-country for your convenience. Clearly drawn maps and hundreds of references help you easily connect to the global matrix.
1990 paperbound 719 pages 55558-033-5 $49.95
A hands-on account of the design, implementation, and performance of Project Athena.
Project Athena at MIT has emerged as one of the most important models to date for next-generation distributed computing in an academic environment, and this book is the first to describe this landmark project. Pioneered by MIT in partnership with Digital and IBM, Project Athena is distinguished by its magnitude and its reliance on workstations, each providing the same user interface regardless of architecture, and each sharing the same programs and data through a high-speed electronic network. Based on thousands of pages of reports and the author's own experience, this important book lets you in on the design, implementation, and performance of Project Athena - now a production system of networked workstations that is replacing time-sharing (which MIT also pioneered) as the preferred model of computing at MIT. The book is organized in four parts, covering management, pedagogy, technology, and administration. Appendixes describe deployment of Project Athena systems at five other schools, provide guidelines for installation, and recommend end-user policies.
1991 clothbound 282 pages 55558-072-6 $28.95
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The definitive networking reference.
Long considered the definitive work among networking references, this book covers the spectrum of data communications technology. It presents the latest information on layered protocols, fast and error- correcting modems, smart multiplexers, digital transmission (T1), packet-switching, and ISDN. You'll also find an expanded discussion of local area networks, an introduction to the popular Kermit file transfer protocol, information on the EIA-530 specification, and updated material on communication LSI circuits. McNamara provides you with a practical approach to understanding communications systems, starting from a simple asynchronous interface called a UART and proceeding through more intricate problems of data communications system design. You'll learn about communication lines and interface standards (EIA-232 to EIA-530), modems and modem control, error detection, communication protocols, digital transmission systems, integrated services, and local area networks. If you're designing a system, purchasing hardware or software, or simply expanding your knowledge, this book is indispensable!
1988 paperbound 383 pages 55558-111-0 $32.00
A nontechnical explanation of how local area networks work, what they do, and how you can benefit from them.
This concise book provides an objective introduction to local area networks - how they work, what they do, and how you can benefit from them. It outlines the pro's and con's of the most common configurations so you can evaluate them in light of your own needs. You'll also learn about network software, with special emphasis on the ISO layered model of communications protocols.
1985 paperbound 165 pages 932376-79-7 $29.00
A convenient one-volume source for the most pertinent information on Xlib, X Toolkit Intrinsics, and the OSF/Motif programming libraries.
Arranged in five sections - X Protocol Reference, Xlib Reference, X Toolkit Reference, Motif Reference, and General X Reference - and organized alphabetically with thumb tabs for quick and easy reference - the X AND MOTIF QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE provides complete descriptions of routines and user-accessible data structures, including:
1993 paperbound 398 pages 55558-118-8 $24.95
For new and experienced VMS users alike.
USING DECWINDOWS MOTIF FOR VMS is designed to help new VMS DECwindows users explore and apply DECwindows techniques and features, and to provide experienced DECwindows users with practical information about the Motif interface, ways to customize environments, and advanced user topics. VMS DECwindows Motif is based on MIT's specification for the X Window System, Version 11, Release 4 and OSF/Motif 1.1.1.
1993 paperbound 363 pages 55558-114-5 $34.95
A technical reference covering every aspect of the sample server developed by the MIT X Consortium.
Using examples, guidelines, and tutorials, as well as material on theory and practice, this comprehensive reference provides essential information to knowledgeable X users who want to learn about the basic interactions between client and server - including developers who want to port, extend, tune, or test a server.
1993 paperbound 534 pages 55558-096-3 $45.95
Conforms to Release 5 - four books in one!
Written by the experts who originally designed and created the X Window System, this Third Edition is a major revision of the definitive reference describing each standard specification from the MIT X Consortium. It conforms to the latest release: X Version 11, Release 5. With this latest edition in hand, software developers and others can now take advantage of the significant new functionality in Release 5. And, in addition to fully integrating the important new features of this latest release, the original text has been significantly revised for clarity and easier access. Instructive diagrams, a detailed glossary, and a comprehensive subject-oriented index further enhance the book's overall value.
1992 paperbound 1,000 pages 55558-088-2 $49.95
A quick and thorough introduction to Motif programming.
Here is a straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to Motif application development, covering both basic and advanced features of graphical user interfaces as implemented under Motif. Even though you may have little or no experience with X or other window programming environments, this useful guide will ease you into Motif programming smoothly and quickly. Using simple examples and explanations, it shows you how to design and build graphical applications with Motif in a reasonable amount of time. By the end of the book, you'll be familar with all of the Motif widgets as well as the process of application design in Motif, the basic capabilities of the X and Xt layers, and the X drawing model.
1992 paperbound 601 pages 55558-089-0 $29.95
Indispensable for all programmers.
Written by the two leading designers of the X-Tool kit, this is the authorative guide to Version 11, Release 4 of the X Window System Toolkit. It's organized in two useful parts - a programmer's guide and a specification. You'll learn how to use the various features as well as how those features operate.
1990 paperbound 967 pages 55558-051-3 $44.95
The defacto standard, a must-have for all Lisp programmers.
In this greatly expanded edition of the defacto standard, you'll learn about the nearly 200 changes already made since original publication - and find out about gray areas likely to be revised later. Written by the Vice-Chairman of X3J13 (the ANSI committee responsible for the standardization of Common Lisp) and co-developer of the language itself, the new edition contains the entire text of the first edition plus six completely new chapters. They cover:
1990 paperbound 1029 pages 55558-041-6 $39.95
A hands-on guide.
Find out what actually works (and what doesn't) in the development of commercial expert system applications - based on the author's decade of experience in building expert systems in all major areas of application for American, European, and Japanese organizations. Focusing on actual tested procedures, this how-to book offers practical methods for initiating, designing, building, managing, and demonstrating successful expert systems. You'll discover engineering programming techniques, useful skills for demonstrating expert systems, practical costing and metrics, guidelines for using knowledge representation techniques, and solutions to common difficulties in design and implementation.
1991 paperbound 212 pages 55558-070-X $28.95
For the experienced professional.
For the professional Lisp programmer, this important book is an introduction to programming in the Common Lisp Object System. This object-oriented system - an extension of Common Lisp - incorporates the concepts of classes, generic functions, methods, multiple inheritance, and method combination. Complete with code examples, the book has been adapted directly from the X3J13 Document 88-002R, submitted to the X3J13 Committee in June 1988.
1991 paperbound 192 pages 55558-064-5 $26.95
How to use information technology to gain the competitive edge.
This non-technical book examines the role of information in the broader business enterprise - how to use it to gain competitive advantage and to re-design business processes for greater efficiency. Going beyond the technology itself, it offers concrete suggestions on how to construct extensively integrated information systems. And it describes both the opportunities and the risks that may result from the use of information technology. Avoiding any bias toward top-down definitions and decompositions in strategic planning, the book is organized in three parts:
1992 clothbound 318 pages 55558-091-2 $34.95
Cut time and expense without sacrificing quality.
Focusing on work environments in which knowledge workers use electronic networks and networking techniques to access, communicate, and share information, this book develops strategic and practical approaches that distributed organizations can use to succeed and compete. You'll explore how such groups can decrease the time required to create quality products and services - even when their work teams are geographically and culturally dispersed, or ``Working Together Apart.'' With a foreword by organizational expert Edgar H. Schein of MIT's Sloan School, this book will be indispensable for managers and planners seeking innovative ways to build the capabilities necessary for prosperity in this complex and rapidly changing world.
1992 clothbound 260 pages 55558-074-2 $29.95
1990 clothbound 267 pages 55558-037-8 $29.95
Benefit from the practices of the best logistics managers.
One of the nation's top authorities on logistics management presents a focused interpretation of research findings to help managers improve logistical competency within their organizations. Zeroing in on the best practices of successful logistic managers - and well supported by statistical evidence - this handbook provides a sequential model as well as extensive coverage of Elecronic Data Interchange in the logistics process. You'll find out why logistics must play an increasingly critical role in overall corporate strategy in the coming years, and why its managers must learn to better manage change. Special emphasis is placed on the development of strategic alliances to increase corporate speed and quality. Throughout the eight chapters, an action-oriented case dialogue facilitates interest and ease of reading.
1992 clothbound 246 pages 55558-087-4 $29.95
Selecting and using software to tackle critical manufacturing problems.
Here's practical advice for managers on how to take advantage of an MRP II software system to plan and monitor your manufacturing, marketing, finance, and engineering resources. Each chapter focuses on a specific problem - such as material shortages, high inventory, or poor quality - and explains possible causes plus the solutions provided by MRP II packages. Find out about the advantages and drawbacks of MRP II (as well as other systems), how to evaluate features and select the right system, and how to use it to solve pressing business problems.
1991 clothbound 333 pages 55558-058-0 $35.95
With a Foreword by Ken Olsen.
DIGITAL AT WORK tells the story of the first thirty-five years of
Digital Equipment Corporation and illuminates the origins of its
unique culture. First person accounts from past and present members
of the Digital community, industry associates, board members, and
friends - plus a wealth of photos from Digital's archives - trace the
company's evolution from the 1950s to present.
``...It's worth reading for its historical data not only about Digital's computers but their predecessors, the
Whirlwind, the TX-O, and the TX-2, as well. It serves as a first approach to the history of an important
computer firm, and even more, as a fine example of engineers and managers at work. There are some good
stories here, well told.''
- Steven Lubar, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
1992 paperbound 212 pages 55558-092-0 $19.95
The official guide to the writing of technical information for users of Digital hardware and software products.
THE DIGITAL STYLE GUIDE is the official guide used by Digital and its third party partners to achieve consistency in text and on-line use information - and is the first such guide to deal with the special issues that arise in the creation of hardware and software computer documentation. It is especially useful for application developers and their support staffs - especially project managers, engineers, writers and editors responsible for the preparation of technical user information for products that will be used in Digital environments for Digital-supported multivendor environments. The GUIDE provides such technical communications with:
1993 paperbound 349 pages 55558-104-8 $24.95
This useful reference addresses the key tasks that are integral to realtime software development in manufacturing plants: managing the design of the system, setting up and coordinating a development organization, and implementing tools for successful completion and management. Whether you're a new or experienced project manager, you'll discover useful advice and easy-to-follow procedures that help you cut time and costs - and stay competitive. You'll find out how to use concurrent methodologies to create realtime systems in half the time it usually takes - resulting in systems that are more flexible, more predictable, and far less costly than systems developed sequentially.
1992 paperbound 204 pages 55558-083-1 $24.95
Direct from Digital's Information Design and Consulting Group.
THE DIGITAL TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION HANDBOOK describes the process of developing and producing technical user information at Digital Equipment Corporation. It:
1993 paperbound 319 pages 55558-103-X $26.95
Bridges the transition from one operating system to another.
Learn the in's and out's of four widely used operating systems - VMS, UNIX, OS/2, and MS-DOS - with this all-inclusive guide. Written by an experienced computer systems support specialist, it examines scheduling, synchronization techniques, file management, memory management, and more - bridging the transition from one operating system to another. The book helps you design applications that run on one or more of these systems or port existing applications to a new system. You'll benefit from the many examples - provided as building blocks to more elaborate implementations - as well as roadmaps that review chapter contents, summaries, and reference lists for quick look-up of information. A useful collection of algorithmic techniques and coding samples make this a comprehensive handbook for any programmer or software designer who wants to perform common functions among various operating systems in a multivendor environment.
1992 paperbound 743 pages 55558-090-4 $39.95
Master the techniques.
Technical writing is more like investigative reporting than like scientific writing, requiring practitioners to gather information rapidly, identify audiences, and use creativity and problem-solving skills. Find out from an experienced technical documentation expert how to gather, dissect, and understand technical information- and how to organize and present it for the reader. Complete with illustrations, glossary, and useful appendixes including resources as well as international documentation standards, the book covers planning and process, research techniques, use of graphics, audience analysis, the role of standards, and careers.
1992 paperbound 267 pages 55558-080-7 $28.95
Benefit from Digital's secrets for overseas success.
Already in use by hundreds of independent vendors and developers, here at your fingertips are the groundbreaking packaging and design guidelines that Digital recommends and uses for products headed overseas. With examples throughout - from code fragments to large applications - this volume provides:
1991 paperbound 381 pages 55558-063-7 $28.95
A market "first."
For hi-tech companies operating in today's global economy, here is an indispensable guide that can help you reduce the expense and time demanded for translating your user information. This unique book introduces you to Digital's success-proven methods for creating and packaging written, visual, and verbal user information that can be easily understood outside its country of origin and readily translated into other languages. Find out how to adapt the writing and organizational practices of an industry leader to speed your own process along.
1992 paperbound 214 pages 55558-084-X $24.95
A valuable model for your own company.
Here is the first published description of the processes and practices, tools, and methods this industry giant uses to develop its software products. This ``shirt-sleeves'' guide is packed with diagrams and tables that illustrate each step in the complex software development process. You'll learn all about Digital's standard ``phase review process,'' the role of teams and their leaders, how computer-assisted software engineering tools (CASE) work, and how to control a project while improving productivity and product quality.
1989 paperbound 239 pages 55558-035-1 $27.95
Enhance your hardware/software reliability.
Enhancement of system reliability has been a major concern of computer users and designers - and this major revision of the 1982 classic meets users' continuing need for practical information on this pressing topic. Included are case studies of reliable systems from manufacturers such as Tandem, Stratus, IBM, and Digital, as well as coverage of special systems such as the Galileo Orbiter fault protection system and AT&T telephone switching processors. With over 480 technical diagrams, the book also covers:
1992 clothbound 908 pages 55558-075-0 $64.95
A working guide that helps you look at your system from the end-user's viewpoint.
This practical guide and accompanying audiotape explain over 90 guidelines and considerations for designing, installing, and implementing systems that focus on human needs. You'll discover unique approaches to human-computer interactions, backed up by pertinent research and realistic examples to illustrate the points. The one-hour audiotape features in-depth interviews with the authors, who emphasize the human approach and offer you dynamic new ideas for building successful systems.
BOOK: 1984 paperbound 249 pages 932376-44-5 $29.95
TAPE: 1987 60 minutes 932376-44-6 $12.95
BOOK & TAPE: 932376-44-4 $39.95
Beyond its medical origins
This book will help programmers who want to take advantage of MUMPS and its unique features as a database management tool in business and academic environments. You'll move logically through from an introduction to programming, to a presentation of MUMPS as a programming language which is both interpretive and a shared database manager. Elements of the language, such as data types, syntax, command, and program creation, are covered in depth. With numerous practical examples and exercises including answers.
1989 paperbound 303 pages 55558-017-3 $27.95
A complete overview of the Power PC processor - with information on the instruction set and examples of how to program it.
The first new PCs from the joint IBM/Apple venture are about to appear. Using the new Power PC RISC microprocessor designed by IBM, Motorola, and Apple, these new PCs will enable Apple Mac software to run on IBM PCs and vice versa. This book is a practical guide to the new microprocessor. It will be a valuable reference to engineers programming the new IBM and Apple PCs and to students and hobbyists with an interest in what is going on inside the computer.
March, 1994 paperbound 350 pages
Covers advanced window types and window management.
Anyone who is serious about Windows programming and requires a book that contains practical examples and applications will want this book. The WINDOWS ADVANCED PROGRAMMING AND DESIGN GUIDE provides plenty to stimulate the mind. Its an advanced look at Windows (both architectural and API levels) that provides many of those long sought after answers. Topics covered include advanced dialog techniques and the dialog manager, genuine custom control building, advanced dynamic link library theory and practice, super/sub-classing and hooks, and much, much more.
1993 paperbound 900 pages
Practical emphasis and examples - using C++, Turbo Pascal and Visual Basic to demonstrate OOP principles.
Unlike most books on the subject, OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAMMING UNDER WINDOWS uses practical examples to show how OOP techniques can be applied in the real world, with particular emphasis on programming under Windows. This timely book will appeal to anyone intending to write programs and experienced programmers who are planning to move from structured methods to OOP methods.
April, 1994 paperbound 350 pages
At a practical level for experienced programmers - with an emphasis on actual problems and solutions.
This book for the experienced software programmer presents a rigorous methodology, based on Jackson Structured Design (JSD), and clearly demonstrates how it can be applied to a wide variety of data processing problems. With a clear emphasis on the invaluable distinction between the software life cycle, STRUCTURED PROGRAM DESIGN will suit programmers striving to become competent software designers.
April, 1994 paperbound 256 pages
A comprehensive, hands-on guide to Windows NT (New Technology)
This book provides a practical introduction that will enable the user to become proficient in actually using Windows NT. It starts from basic principles for the beginner and leads effortlessly into areas of interest to the power user and system administrator. Almost every aspect of Windows NT is explained in practical, concise text. End users will find it useful in learning how to work with Windows and accessories. Power users will learn the ins and outs of Control panel, OLE, and workgroups. Administrators can come to grips with User Manager and Event Viewer.
April, 1994 paperbound 350 pages
Explains how viruses function and how to combat them, and evaluates leading anti-virus software
The number of PC viruses is now in the range of 2500. How does the average PC user or major company prevent massive data loss from virus attack? This comprehensive guide to PC viruses provides the answers and gives solid advice on preventative measures. It sets out to explain how PC viruses work and how to guard against a viral attack. And for the user unlucky enough to come across an infected PC, there is ample coverage of the steps to take in combating such a dilemma. Leading anti-virus software is exhaustively evaluated.
1994 paperbound 304 pages
Practical information for understanding the basic technology of PC networks.
With networks frequently seen as a panacea for most office automation problems, it is essential to understand the basic technology used within such systems and its limitations and advantages. EFFECTIVE PC NETWORKING describes this technology used within most PC networks and gives a lot of practical advice on how to avoid the problems and pitfalls.
1993 paperbound 256 pages
Provides numerous tips to boost productivity - valuable to DOS users as well.
The majority of books written on WordPerfect focus on the program rather than on your work; on the tool rather than the job. GETTING THE JOB DONE WITH WORDPERFECT FOR WINDOWS is for the user whose job is to produce office documents in a business or other professional environment and is already familiar with the basis of word processing. It explains program functions within the context of recognizable tasks and jobs, such as the creation of memos and letters. It is based on Windows 3.1 and WordPerfect for Windows but DOS users of WordPerfect will also find this book a valuable source.
1993 paperbound 443 pages
Practical help for learning the basics of - and becoming proficient in - UNIX.
This book teaches the student and new business user of UNIX the concepts and use of commands by fully worked practical examples. By working through these examples, the reader will gain the understanding and confidence needed to become a proficient UNIX user. No previous UNIX experience or any computer system is required to make full use of this book.
1993 paperbound 240 pages
In-depth information on the programming languages of HyperCard and Plus.
This book provides in-depth information on HyperTalk and PPL, the programming languages of HyperCard and Plus. In addition to the possibility of creating applications that can be used without modification with Windows 3 on IBM compatibles and on the Macintosh, the approach followed makes it possible to explore the basics of object-oriented programming in graphical environments and is well suited to act as an introduction to the graphical environment for programmers skilled in languages such as Pascal or C.
1992 paperbound 475 pages
For quality practitioners in all types of organizations - addresses each requirement of each clause.
Written with the busy manager in mind, the ISO 9000 QUALITY SYSTEMS HANDBOOK is a manual for those managing, designing, implementing, auditing, or assessing quality systems that aim to meet the Standard. In this book the mysteries of how to become and remain accredited to the quality system standard are solved. The approach taken is appropriate for quality practitioners of all types in any organization. Unlike other guides, this book addresses each individual requirement of each clause. One by one the purpose of the requirements is explained, and guidance in meeting them is offered.
1994 paperbound 420 pages
Covers a wide range of knowledge processing technologies - case studies illustrate practical commercial application.
This practical book provides an explanation of AI concepts and techniques. It shows students how they can solve business problems with AI technologies, and analyze the strategic impact of AI technology on organizations.
1993 paperbound 352 pages