Programming Real-Time Computer Systems, by James Martin, 1965; 386 pages. Publisher: Prentice-Hall International,
REVIEW: Within what we all know to be a very rapidly expanding industry, one aspect of computer usage—Real Time—is almost exploding. Quite apart from the airline, bank and communications systems which are so time-sensitive in their normal operation, enlightened managements are realizing that, to use computers to their maximum efficiency as management tools, demand-processing is an essential and quick responses really do matter. Senior executives have grown tired of being presented with wads of paper which they never have time to read, and now realize that with Real-Time systems "management by exception" really can be accomplished. Mr. Martin's book will no doubt stimulate interest in and argument about many aspects of Real-Time. Whilst giving a good basic account of the philosophy of Real-Time programming, it has the drawback common to all textbooks which deal with a rapidly advancing technology—it was out-of-date almost before it reached the printers.
Apart from a glaring set of printer's errors in Table 1 of Chapter 7, Mr. Martin's book is well set out. It should provide the novice in this field with a good semi-historical account of the development of programming methods and a background to Real-Time implementation as a whole. Provided that the reader is aware of the existence of other programming philosophies and methods, the sections on programming aids, and system implementation, in themselves, make the book a worthwhile acquisition. D. C. PHILLIPS
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