The fourth edition, ISBN 0-13-186389-4, was published in the summer of 2005. Most customers will want to order the complete bundle, ISBN 0-13-173349-4, which shrink-wraps the book together with Xilinx ISE student edition 6.3 software, Aldec Active-HDL student edition 6.3 software, and a license to Prentice Hall's CourseCompass (formerly OneKey) site for the book. Xilinx and Aldec have kindly provided a free license to their software for student use only, but for that reason the shrink-wrapped bundle is typically available only at college bookstores, and not from retailers such as amazon.com.
The CourseCompass site for Digital Design Principles and Practices, Fourth Edition contains:
Students: To get access to CourseCompass, follow the link to CourseCompass and then sign up using the instructions and access code that were shrink-wrapped with your book. You will need a "OneKey Course Number" that has been assigned to your instructor by Prentice Hall.
If you are doing self-study and do not have an official course, then you can sign up for a "course" that I set up for the sole purpose of giving you access to the OneKey materials. To get this course number, send an email request to john at his last name .com . DO NOT use this procedure if you're just waiting for your instructor to give you a real course number -- you will not be able to change later, and you'll miss out on any additional materials, announcements, and so on that your instructor posts to your real course's site.
Instructors: You can sign up for instructor privileges by contacting your Prentice Hall representative or by going to the Request Access for Educators page. The first step is to get a login code, and that may take a day or two, so start early! Note that for the fourth edition, instructor resources will no longer be published at the www.ddpp.com site. Also, I will no longer be registering instructors to give access solutions, powerpoint figures, and other instructor materials; all registration and access is now through CourseCompass. Two of the important instructor-resource files you will find at CourseCompass are Ex3to4 and Ex4to3, which are cross-references for third- and fourth-edition exercises and solutions.
Security warning for OneKey users (instructors and students alike): When you register for OneKey, it stupidly mails your chosen password back to you in cleartext! Most likely, it also stores your password in cleartext in its database! Therefore, do not use a password that has any value to you. That is, do not use a password that you use at important sites, like PayPal. Pick a unique password for use with OneKey.
Contact the author by sending email to john at his last name .com .
For the third and second editions of this book, please see the old page.
Last updated April 29, 2011