Comprehensiveness rating: 5 read less
The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately, missing only the last portion of the NP problem that is discussed in my class (CSCI 3102: Introduction to the Theory of Computation).
Beginning chapters are very thorough; re-explaining neatly the basic technical words that will be coming in latter chapters.
It has some Python programming code in it, so that is a plus. But it has fewer diagrams and problems about PDAs, NFAs, and DFAs than the current book that we are using (Sipser).
Accuracy rating: 5
I did not find any inaccuracies.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
The text is by-and-large up-to-date. But then again, this topic is mature having been formulated and formalized in the 1930s through the 1960s.
Clarity rating: 5
The writing is easy and clear. The author uses second person perspective to explain things which makes the book interactive.
Consistency rating: 5
It is quite good.
Modularity rating: 5
The book is, in fact, easy to subdivide into smaller modules. It will be easy to re-organize the course content if and when time becomes an issue (common around here because of the threat of hurricanes during the storm season).
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 4
Topics are presented in a suitable manner. However, FSAs are introduced a tad too late for my taste. And, as mentioned before, there are only a limited number of PDA, FSA, NFA problems.
Interface rating: 5
No noticeable interface issues were encountered.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
No grammatical errors were found.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
As a textbook about the Theory of Computation, this criterion is marginally relevant. That being said, there were no obvious references to race, ethnicity, or background.
I am happy that this book is available on an "open" basis. At the very least, this book could serve as a good reference and balancing tool for students enrolled in my CSCI 3102 classes. I am willing to even adopt it as a primary textbook after this Spring 2017 semester where I have already made arrangements to use Sipser for the course.