Understanding Computer Science
An Introduction to DOS 5.0 and WordPerfect 5.1



"Understanding Computer Science"


Author: Parshuram MishraTotal Pages: 206
Designers: Wordscape
Price: Rs 75
First Edition:1992
Printers: Sahayogi Press


Published in CORE, Jul/Aug, 1993


At a time when computers are gaining widespread utility, it has been a major subject of interest for both the school-goers and the professionals as well. Many schools have initiated computer science as a curricular subject and more are on their way to do so.


At this juncture, the necessity of a comprehensive on-practical usage was highly felt. Relying on foreign books, a common trend in modern Nepali schools, would have no doubt crept into this field also, had there been no endeavors from individuals like Mr. Mishra, so the publication of this kind of book can be considered as a great deed in itself.


The book starts from the introduction and it covers almost 25% of the book and includes nearly all the relevant facts and figures on the computers. But in the heading, computer peripherals, the power supply photograph is mentioned as a voltgaurd. Also, Application of computers in the Modern Society, covered in chapter 2, would have been better fit in chapter 1 itself.


Chapter 4, dealing computer software, may have been more informative if it had been elaborated more.


The chapter covering the computer Operating System, is informative but in that chapter, one of the widely used command mkdir(md) is missing. Also, external commands are not separated from the internal ones.


The book covers the most popular software packages in Nepal; WordPerfect, Lotus1-2-3 and dBase, which could be useful to the learners of these packages. In the WordPerfect chapter, the author has nicely explained almost all the options. However, if the table listing all the menu options template had been provided, it would have been an additional help.


In today's context, chapter 7, covering Devnagri Wordprocessing DUANGJAN, is not so much useful because of the introduction of Devnagri for Windows where it is much easier to manage.


Self testing questions provided at the end of every headings must be fruitful to the readers. Also, if an index had been provided at the end of the chapter then it would have been a boost to the betterment of the book.


Apart from the trifle inconveniences, the book is a commendable effort not only for regular school-goers but also for late school-goers and computer amateurs. There is always a room for improvement, but what was a pre-requisite is accomplished with the publication of this debut book.