Classic Computer Magazine Archive CREATIVE COMPUTING VOL. 10, NO. 3 / MARCH 1984 / PAGE 259

IBM data files, a Basic tutorial. (book reviews) Susan Glinert-Cole.

IBM Data Files, a Basic Tutorial


I have two books on files and file structure; both of them are good. The first one, IBM Data Files, a Basic Tutorial by David Miller from Reston, covers sequential, random, and DIF (VisiCalc) files. There are several extensive listings for a home inventory system and a program that creates DIF files. It is well written, but I like Grillo and Robertson's Data and File Management for the IBM Personal Computer from Wm. C. Brown better. This book covers not only sequential and random files, but sorting, strings, linear and linked lists, trees, pointers, and inverted files. This book is worth buying for the information on data structures and sorting algorithms. The examples are amusing (files of mushrooms and flanging/fluting/flensing/fluming) and the listings are extensive.

Review Grade: B