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CodeComplete(2ndEd)bySteveMcConnell

"Theencyclopediaofgoodprogrammingpractice,CodeComplete
focusesonindividualcraftsmanshipallthethingsthataddupto
whatweinstinctivelycall"writingcleancode."Thisisthekindof
bookthathas50pagesjusttalkingaboutcodelayoutand
whitespace."Joel(NBimothere'smoretoitthansemantics)
JustinStandard
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ThePragmaticProgrammerit'smoreaboutyourtrade,andhowto
applyitthanthecodeperse,butit'sstillverygood.
Thisisagreatbookforprogrammerswhohavelearnedthe
mechanicsofprogramming,maybeincollege,butdon'tquite
feelsecuredecidingwhattodo.It'slikethedifference
betweendraftingandarchitecture.Whatyoulearnedinthat
classincollegewasdrafting,andyoucandrawbeautifully,
butifyoustillfeellikeyouwouldn'tquiteknowwheretobegin
ifsomeonetoldyoutowriteaP2Pmusicswappingnetwork
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allbyyourself,thisisthebookforyou.
Joel

XenphYan
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Personally,StructureandInterpretationofComputerProgramsisbyfar
themostinfluentialprogrammingbookIhaveeverread.
SomeclassicslikeCodeComplete,RefactoringandDesignPatterns
teachyoutheeffectiveworkinghabitsandthepainstakingdetailsofthe
trade.Others,likePeopleware,PsychologyofComputerProgramming
andTheMythicalManMonthdelveintothepsychosocialaspectsof
softwaredevelopment.Numerousothersdealwithalgorithms.These
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booksallhavetheirplace.
SICP,however,isinadifferentleague.Itisabookthatwillenlighten
you.Itwillevokeinyouapassionforwritingbeautifulprograms.
Moreover,itwillteachyoutorecognizeandappreciatethatverybeauty.
Itwillleaveyouwithastateofaweandanunquenchablethirsttolearn
more.Otherbooksmaymakeyouabetterprogrammerthisbookwill
makeyouaprogrammer.
Andinthemeanwhile,youwilllearnathingortwoaboutfunctional
programming(sideeffectswon'tbeintroduceduntilchapterthree),lazy
evaluation,metaprogramming(well,metalinguisticabstraction),virtual
machines,interpreters,andcompilers.
SomethinkthatSICPisnotabeginner'sbook.Personally,Iprobably
wouldn'thaveappreciatedthebookinfullwithouthavingsome
programmingexperienceundermybelt,butIwoulddefinitely
recommenditforabeginner.Thebookis,afterall,writtenforthe
famous6.001,theintroductoryprogrammingcourseatMIT.Itmay
requireanintellectualeffort(especiallyifyoudotheexercisesandyou
should),buttherewardiswellworththeprice.
Notconvinced?ReadtheForewordorthePrefacetotheFirstEdition.
Thefulltextisfreelyavailableontheweb.
It'savailableonlineforfree,andthereareevenvideolecturestogo
alongwithit.
AnttiSykri
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TheCProgrammingLanguagebyKernighanandRitchie.

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Itisconcise,easytoread,anditwillteachyouthreethings:theC
programminglanguage,howtothinklikeaprogrammer,andthe
lowlevelcomputationalmodel.(Itisimportanttounderstandwhat's
goingon"underthehood".)
Nathan
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Introductiontoalgorithms(Cormen,Leiserson,Rivest,Stein)akaCLRS
CodeCompleteteachesyouhowtoprogramcorrectly,TheMythical
ManMonthteachesyouhowtomanagecorrectly,DesignPatterns
teachesyouhowtodesigncorrectly...
Thisbookteachesyouhowtowritethinkaboutalgorithms.

Inmymind,codeisjustatool,nottheessence.Themainpartof
developingsoftware(IMO)iscreatingnewalgorithmsorre
implementingexistingones.Otherthanthatit'sjustassemblingLego
bricksorcreating"management"layers.Istilldreamaboutthe
workplacethatwouldallowmetoinvestmost(>50%)ofmytimein
writingalgorithms,leavingthemanagementdetailstootherpeople...
RanBiron
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IpersonallythinkDesignPatternsbytheGangofFourisaveryuseful
book.It'snotaboutthe"meta"aspectsofprogramminglikesomanyof
theothersuggestions,butitemphasisesencapsulatinggood
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programmingtechniquesaspatterns,andhassinceencouragedothers
tocomeupwithnewpatternsandantipatternstouseinprogramming
dialogue.

Nowforarider....
@kevin,@modesty:Greatanswers!IfIcouldplacea3votelikeon
uservoice,I'dgladlyuseithere.
Tothenaysayerswhodownmoddedthem,Isay:please,growasense
ofhumour!:)
ChrisJesterYoung
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IthinkIwouldhavetorecommendRefactoring:ImprovingtheDesign
ofExistingCode.

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Martin
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Inpodcast12,JeffandJoellistamyriadofrecommendedbooks.
PersonallythoughIhighlyrecommendTheMythicalManMonth.

JohnDowney
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TheArtofComputerProgrammingifonlyfortheeffortKnuthputintoit.

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PeterCoulton
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I'msurprisednoone'smentionedtheDragonBookbyAhoetal.(orifit
hasbeenmentioned,Imissedit).

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Iwillneverforgetthefirstedition'scover.Thisbookmademerealizejust
howmagicallyawesomecompilerstrulyare.:)
Dane
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IknowthatDesignPatternsbytheGangofFourisastandardtext,but
ratherthantryandreadthatbrickofabookstartwiththeeasierHead
FirstDesignPatterns,andonceyouhavegotyourheadaroundthe
basicprinciples,progresstothegreatGoFbible...

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Calanus
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Foratrulydeepread,I'dsuggestDouglasHofstadter'sGdel,Escher,
Bach.Hedivesprettydeepintomanyoftheissuesthatprogrammers
faceeverydayrecursion,verifiability,proof,andbooleanalgebra.Great
read,alittleoffthebeatenpath,occasionallychallenging,andextremely
rewardingonceyoufightthroughitandprocesswhatyou'veread.

TimHowland
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CleanCodehasalotincommonwithCodeCompletebutit'smore
conciseandpracticalwithlotsofclearexamples.
CraigP.Motlin
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EffectiveC++andMoreEffectiveC++
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Fromtheearlydaysofmycareer,ScottMeyer'sEffectiveC++andlater
MoreEffectiveC++bothhadanimmediateimpactonmyprogramming
ability.Asafriendputitatthetime,thosebooksallowyoutoshortcut
theprocessofdevelopingprogrammingskillsthatotherwisewouldhave
takenyears.

Inthelastyear,thebookwiththebiggestimpactonmythinkinghas
beenTheCathedralandtheBazaarwhichtaughtmealotabouthow
theopensourcedevelopmentprocessworksandhowtogetridofbugs
frommycode.
JohnChanning
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IrecommendCODEbyCharlesPetzold.InthisageoftoolsandIDEs
thatabstractalotofcomplexityawayfromtheprogrammers,thisoneis
aneyeopener.

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user352
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Ireallyrecommendprogrammingpearls,it'sgotsomeamazingstuffinit,
althoughI'mnotashamedtoadmitthatIdidn'tunderstandhalfofit!

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WorkingEffectivelywithLegacyCode
byMichaelFeathers.Idon'tthinkthatanybookhasaffectedmyopinion
ofhowIcodemorethanthisone.Itexplicitlytellsyouhowtodealwith
someoneelsescodebutimplicitlyyou'lllearnwhattoavoid(andwhy).
Edit:Makessensenow.

Wolfbyte
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Formethemostinfluencalbookis"ZenandtheArtofMotorcycle
Maintenance"byRobertPirsig.Itisallaboutnomatterwhatyoudo,
alwaysstriveforperfection,knowyourtoolsandtaskathandinsideout,
and,mostofall,havefun(becauseifyouarehavingfun,everything
automaticallyleadstobetterresults).

Thisbookhasamorerecentedition(2000).
Twogreatlongquotesfromit
Qualityyouknowwhatitis,yetyoudon'tknowwhatitis.
Butthat'sselfcontradictory.Butsomethingsarebetterthan
others,thatis,theyhavemorequality.Butwhenyoutryto
saywhatthequalityis,apartfromthethingsthathaveit,itall
goespoof!There'snothingtotalkabout.Butifyoucan'tsay
whatQualityis,howdoyouknowwhatitis,orhowdoyou
knowthatitevenexists?Ifnooneknowswhatitis,thenfor
allpracticalpurposesitdoesn'texistatall.Butforallpractical
purposesitreallydoesexist.Whatelsearethegradesbased
on?Whyelsewouldpeoplepayfortunesforsomethingsand
throwothersinthetrashpile?Obviouslysomethingsare
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betterthanothersbutwhat'sthe``betterness''?Soround
androundyougo,spinningmentalwheelsandnowhere
findinganyplacetogettraction.WhatthehellisQuality?
Whatisit?

Mountainsshouldbeclimbedwithaslittleeffortaspossible
andwithoutdesire.Therealityofyourownnatureshould
determinethespeed.Ifyoubecomerestless,speedup.If
youbecomewinded,slowdown.Youclimbthemountainin
anequilibriumbetweenrestlessnessandexhaustion.Then,
whenyou'renolongerthinkingahead,eachfootstepisn'tjust
ameanstoanendbutauniqueeventinitself.Thisleafhas
jaggededges.Thisrocklooksloose.Fromthisplacethe
snowislessvisible,eventhoughcloser.Thesearethings
youshouldnoticeanyway.Toliveonlyforsomefuturegoal
isshallow.It'sthesidesofthemountainwhichsustainlife,
notthetop.Here'swherethingsgrow.
Getithere
akr
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Peopleware
DemarcoandListerdemonstratethatthemajorissuesofsoftware
developmentarehuman,nottechnical.Theiranswersaren'teasyjust
incrediblysuccessful.Newsecondeditionfeatureseightallnew
chapters.

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Gustavo
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CodersatWorkbyPeterSeibel.Averyinfluentialbooktolearnfromthe
experienceofsomeofthetopnamesinthefield,howtheythinkand
work.

JahanzebFarooq
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ok,thisisaslightlyoffcenteranswer,butbelieveitornot,itwasonthe
readinglistforacompscicoursewaybackintheday.Anexcellentrole
modelandagoodbookaboutcuriosity.
SurelyYou'reJoking,Mr.Feynman!
mike511
468

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EffectiveJava2edwillteachyouhowtowritebeautifulandeffective
code.It'saJavabook,buttherearemanycrosslanguageconcepts.
MarcioAguiar
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SurprisedthatnoonehasmentionedMartinFowler'sPatternsof
EnterpriseApplicationArchitectureyet

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levirosol
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IagreewithCristian,IthinkweshouldnotforgetSICP,Ithinkevery
programmershoulduseit,alleastasanexercise,youcancomplement
itwith
TheLittleSchemer
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and
TheSeasonedSchemer

IalsoincludeinthereadinglistCodeComplete,ApplyingUMLand
Patterns:AnIntroductiontoObjectOrientedAnalysisandDesignand
theUnifiedProcessandDesignPatternsandDesignPatterns:Elements
ofReusableObjectOrientedSoftware
nmiranda
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Why's(Poignant)GuidetoRuby!!!!!

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TheInmatesAreRunningTheAsylum:WhyHighTechProductsDrive
UsCrazyandHowtoRestoretheSanity,oranyofAlanCooper'sbooks.
BecausemostprogrammersproducemoreWTFs/minuteintheuser
interfacethantheydointhesourcecode.
PatrickMcElhaney
12574

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@lurks

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Itisusefulregardlessoperatingsystemyouuse.
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d=identicon&r=PG"/>J.F.
Sebastian
37897

Manyofthebooksalreadymentionedopenedmyeyesandinfluenced
me,butabookeveryprogrammershouldreadisTestDriven
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DevelopmentbyExample.Itreallyshowedmetheimportanceofunit
testsandTDDandgotmestartedveryquick.

Curro
450

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PracticesofanAgileDeveloper
WorkingintheRealWorld.

mattruma
5781

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Strunk,William.ElementsofStyle

J.F.Sebastian
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Itdependsonexactlywhatpurposeyou'reaimingforIlikeCode
Completeforpureprogramming,andDon'tMakeMeThinkisagreat
bookonUIdesign.

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bcwood
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HowtoWinFriendsandInfluencePeoplebyDaleCarnegie.
Ittaughtmethatinordertopersuadepeopleofyourideas,orleadthem
awayfrombadpractices,youcannevertellthemthattheyare
wrong.Todosowillonlyentrenchthemfurtherintheirownideas.

Ether
27106

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AgileSoftwareDevelopment,Principles,Patterns,andPracticesby
RobertC.Martin

flipdoubt
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DomainDrivenDesignbyEricEvans
cover

user12867
161

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I'dsuggest"ModernC++Design"byAndreiAlexandrescu,areally
astonishingbookabouttheawesometricksandpatternsyoucan
achievewithC++,preprocessordirectivesandtemplates.

Lck
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IhaveadifferentanswerIreallylikedJoel'sBestSoftwareWritingI.
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Maybethat'sjustme...butthatcollectionopenedmyeyestothe"bigger
picture"andinspiredmetothinkofmyprogrammingasanart/craft.
yoliho
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IfoundThePracticeofProgrammingbyKernighanandPikeisavery
goodread.
Cros
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AgreatfollowontoCodeCompleteindispensableonceyoustart
workingonprojectsofanydecentsize&needtocommunicatetoyour
stakeholdersaboutprojectdeliverydates,etc.

SoftwareEstimation:DemystifyingtheBlackArtbySteveMcConnel
andyp
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PragmaticThinkingandLearning:RefactorYourWetwarebyAndy
Hunt.
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BoTian
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Notthemostinfluential,butcertainlyagoodreadandabsentsofaris
MyJobWentToIndiabyChadFowler.Itconsistsof52chapters/mini
essaysgivingguidanceonhowtodifferentiateyourselfasadeveloper
ratherthanacodemonkey(whoseworkcouldeasilybeoutsourced).
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Editbydifferentperson:Thisisnowcalled"ThePassionate
Programmer".
JamesMarshall
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I'mgoingtogoadifferentroutethantheotheranswerssofar...
Hackers:HeroesoftheComputerRevolution.It'saninformalhistoryof
computersthatreallygivesyouanamazingfeelforhowthiswhole
"computerculture"formed.IthadaverypowerfuleffectonmewhenI
readit,oh,sometimearound1988.

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TimSullivan
5939

It'sanoldie,butstillworthreading:Algorithms+DataStructures=
Programs
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Dave
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Dilbert'sGuideToTheRestOfYourLife:DispatchesfromCubicleland

Thisismoretruththanyou'dthink.
MrGrieves
1289

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IrecommendWritingSolidCode.Old,butstillverymuchwortharead.
ShaneO'Grady
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I'mamazedthatnoonehassuggestedTheStoryAboutPingyet.

Nate
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ExcellentbookongettinguptospeedwithJavaScript,highly
reccommend.
JavaScriptTheGoodParts
Pace
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GettingRealby37Signals.Itdoesn'tmatterifyoudon't"ship"
somethingattheendoftheday.
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Thebookslistedhereinthisquestionaregreat.CodeComplete,
PragmaticProgrammer,HeadFirstDesignPatterns,allgreat.
Mycontributiontothislistisafreereadandisreallyfocusedongetting
backto(bestpractice)basics.FoundationsofProgrammingisafree
eBookfromoneofthecontributorstothepopularAlt.Netblogs
CodeBetter,KarlSeguin.
CoversDomainDrivenDesign,Persistence,DependencyInjection,Unit
Testing,ORMetc.

ChrisConway
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Iknowthisisagraphicsbook,butIamagraphicsprogrammerand
havebeenmywholecareer.Plusit'swrittenin'C':)
It'sasfundamentaltomeastheoriginalK&RCProgrammingLanguage
book.
ComputerGraphics:PrinciplesandPracticeinC(2ndEdition)

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Shane
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Myfavoritebooksarealreadycoveredhere,butifyouneedtolearn
Java,IenjoyedBruceEckel'sbook,ThinkinginJava.

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CommunityUser
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CodeCompleteistheclassic.
However,FactsandFallaciesofSoftwareEngineeringbyRobertGlass
hasalotofgoodinformationontopicsotherthancoding,forexample
peopleissues,testingandprocess.

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cover

HenrikWarne
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TheElementsOfComputingSystems
Thisbookwalksthereaderthroughtheprocessofbuildingacomputer
systemgivenNANDgatesandflipflops.Itgivesagoodintroductionto
the"bigpicture".

BinilThomas
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RefactoringtoPatternsbyJoshuaKerievsky

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andHapp
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TheDesignofEverydayThings
andThingsthatMakeUsSmartbothbyDonaldNorman
Theseapplytosomuchmorethanjustuserinterfacedesign...Make
thingsthatworkasotherswouldexpecteveniftheothersare
developersusingcodethatyou'vecreated.
TheTimelessWayofBuildingChristopherAlexander
Theoriginal"patterns"book.Helpstounderstandwhysomesoftware
designjust"feels"rightandsomedoesnot.
TerryLongrie
272

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TheAnnotatedTuringwasenlightening.Itdefinestheboxprogrammers
workin.

JasonRowe
1299

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TheDeadline:ANovelAboutProjectManagementbyTomDeMarco

FantaMango77
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Notthemostimportant,butaveryfundamentalone
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Muenz
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Thisbookreallysetupafundementalviewthataprogrammerneedto
knowaboutcomputer.
ComputerSystemAprogrammer'sperspective

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IpreferStroustrup'sTheC++ProgrammingLanguage(3rdedition)it's
theC++book.C++maybeoutoffashionthesedays,butthisbook
takesyoufromthebasicstoOOtotemplates(STL)andevencovers
thingslikeimprovingcompileandlinktime.Istilllearnsomethingevery
timeIpickitup,andit'snever,everbadtoknowC++.
Joe
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PatternsofEnterpriseApplicationArchitecture
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IenjoyedAgilePrinciples,Patterns,andPracticesinC#(RobertC.
MartinSeries).

Kb.
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Mycareerasadevelopperisstarting,soIcannotdirectlyanswerthe
question.Butas.NETdevelopper,thebookthathelpedmethemostin
frameworkandreusablelibrariesdesignis"FrameworkDesign
Guidelines"byBradAbrams.Thebooksolvesalotofissueyoucan
encounterwhenyouarethinkingaboutnamingandcrucialdesign
choices.Thisisthebestwaytoproducehighreusableassembliesin
.NET.

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Iamprettysurprisedthatnobodymentionedthatbook.Whatissureis
thatithasbeenreallyinfluentialonmydesignandnaminghabitswhen
writingreusableassemblies.
OnethingIreallyappreciateinthisbookisthenotesof.NET
Frameworkdevelopersgivingdetailsonissuestheyhadwhendesigning
the.NETFramework,whichIthinkaregoodadvicesasitis
representativeofawelldesignedframework.
Ucodia
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It'sabrandnewbookandI'veonlyjustskimmeditbutGrowingObject
OrientedSoftware,GuidedbyTestsrightnowisTHEbookonTDD.It
reallyconcentratesonthe"design"partofsoftwaredevelopmentand
howitiscloselyrelatedtohowyoudevelopcodewritingtestsfirst.I've
enjoyedotherbooksonTDDandunittestingbutthistakesittoahigher
level,I'mprettysurethisoneisdestinedtobeaclassic.

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Ikeepthese3booksonmyshelf.Asareminderofthecomplexand
excitingcraftwedo.Ionlyrecommendtoreadthemifyouhappento
encounterwithsomethingthatnoteventheentireStackoverflow
comunitycanhelpyousolveasIhave:

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Chepech
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Alice'sAdventuresinWonderlandBestprogrammershavereadthe
book!
GeraldWeinberg
AlanJ.Peril
popopome
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KernighanandRitchie's"TheCProgrammingLanguage"TheonlyC
bookyou'lleverneed.
Codebeef
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Therearealotofreallygreatbooksintheanswers.Onethatisn't
mentionedthatIabsolutelyloveisObjectThinkingbyDr.DavidWest.
Thisbookhadahugeimpactonmebecauseitexplainsthewhymore
thanthehow.

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I'mreallysurprisedthatnobodyhasmentionedAdvancedProgramming
intheUNIXEnvironmentbyW.RichardStevens.It'snotnecessarilythe
bookthathadthemostimpactonme,butitdefinitelydeservesaplace
amongmanyoftheothergreatsmentionedhere.
EventhoughImostlydid(anddo)Perlprogramming,readingthisbook
reallyhelpedmeunderstandmoreaboutwhat'sgoingonunderthe
hood.ItcoversatonofreallycriticallowlevelconceptslikeFileIO,
systemfiles(passwd,group,etc),processcontrol,signals,andsoon.
HavingsomeideaofhowthisstuffworksattheClevelisveryuseful,
evenifyouneverwriteanyCcode,becauseeverylanguageyouuse
(onaUnixsystem)isusingtheseAPIsunderthehood.
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GodelEscherBachwinshandsdownforme,butthat'salreadybeen
mentionedelsewhere.Onebookthatmotivatedmehighlythatisn't
alreadyinananswerAFAIKisTracyKidder'sPulitzerprizewinning
bookTheSoulofaNewMachine(amazon).Whichchartsthetrialsand
tribulationsofanengineeringteamtryingtobringanewmachineto
market.Itmademefeelproudtobeanengineer.
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ChrisDwyer
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CLRviaC#,byJeffreyRichter
Drakiula
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ChristopherAlexanderTheTimelessWayofBuilding
TobiasSvensson
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FrameworkDesignGuidelineswillgiveyouaverygoodstartonhowto
organizecode.
Dana
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IthoughtDesignPatternsinC#bySteveMetskerwasgood.The
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examplesareabitmoreadvanced(anduseful)thansomeotherdesign
patternbooksI'veread.

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Sinceyoudidn'tsayyouwantedprogrammingbooksspecifically,Ican
bealittlemorecreative.
EveryprogrammershouldhavereadLewisCarol'sAliceinWonderland.
SlightlymoredowntoeartheveryprogrammershouldreadGetting
ThingsDoneespeciallytheonesthatIworkwith,becauseonceyou
'getit'youwillbeannoyedathowunorganizedotherpeoplecanbe:)
ThomasVander
Stichele
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IthoughJurgendidadecentjobwithhisTop100BestSoftware
EngineeringBooks,Ever.
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Maybenotthesinglemostinfluentialforeveryprogrammerbut...to
expandreallyexpandyourmindaboutcomputationingeneral,andto
learntowritesomeveryinterestingprograms,Irecommendthe
ComputationalBeautyofNature.

BTW,theauthorisnowheadofMicrosoft'sLiveLabs.
Pete
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RobertM.Pirsig'sZenandtheArtofMotorcycleMaintenancehasalittle
sectionneartheendaboutGumptionTraps.That'sthebestadviceI've
everreadonhowtodebugcodeorsolveproblemsingeneral.Therest
ofthebookisprettygood,too.
tuxedo
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TheCProgrammingLanguage.Seriously!
Ashwin
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AboutFaceTheEssentialsofInteractionDesign(nowinthird
edition)
Thisbookopenedmyeyestoaverydifferentviewpointofdevelopment,
focusedontheinteractionsoftheenduser.Italsohelpedmerealize
thatcreatinggreatsoftwareisaboutmorethanjustpatternsand
architecture,it'sabouthelpingpeopleachievetheirgoals.
JeremyDWill
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WritingSolidCode,bySteveMaguire.CodeCompleteisacloserunner
up.
KeithSmith
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TheTaoofProgramming
swamy
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HereComesEverybody:ThePowerofOrganizingWithout

OrganizationsClayShirky
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Thisisanincrediblebookaboutthesocialeffectsoftheinternet.Amust
readforanyoneinthetechindustry,doublysoforprogrammers.
HereComesEverybody:ThePowerofOrganizingWithout
Organizationsisabookaboutwhathappenswhenpeople
aregiventhetoolstodothingstogether,withoutneeding
traditionalorganizationalstructures.
alumb
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Iwasluckyenoughtoreadthisprettyearlyinmysocalledcareer:
PhilipandAlex'sGuidetoWebPublishing
Itwascuttingedgein1998andstillhasplentyofrelevantpoints.Ifound
itanenjoyablereadwitharealsenseofhumour(notthetweekindyou
oftengetinsoftwarebooks).Whenhegetsdowntothedetailshetalks
aboutspecificplatformsthough,soitshowsit'sagewhenOracle7is
mentioned!
Iwouldstillputthisatthetopoftherequiredreadinglistforaweb
developerbecauseofthewayitassumesnopriorknowledge,starting
fromfirstprinciples("what'sHTML?")

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ObjectOrientedAnalysisandDesignwithApplicationsbyGradyBooch.
Vaibhav
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JavaScript:TheGoodPartsbyDouglasCrockford
OpenedmyeyestothegoodnesshiddeninJavaScriptandhowbadthe
examplesofJavaScriptarestrewnthroughtutorialsites.
Essentialreadingforanyoneseriousaboutwebclientsidedevelopment.
ItalsoimprovedmyC#andshowedmethelighttodynamiclanguages.
AlexKey
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MastermindsofProgrammingConversationswiththeCreatorsof
MajorProgrammingLanguages

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Newbie
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Peopleware
MythicalManMonth
PsychologyofComputerofProgramming
Gustavo
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ThisisagreatbookforaJavadeveloperneworold:
EffectiveJavabyJoshuaBloch
ScottFaria
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Therearesimilarquestionshereandhere.

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Idon'tknowifitwerealreadysuggestedbut:

tr3
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TheTaoTeChing.Althoughit'saphilosophybookandnota
programmingbook,someofit'sprinciplesareveryapplicableto
programming:
"Knowwhenit'stimetostop.Ifyoudon'tknowthenstop
whenyouaredone."
Translation:Knowingyourrequirementsmeansyouknowwhento
stop.Ifyoudon'tknowwhentostop,youneedtostopbecausethe
requirementshaveyettobedefined.
"Theharderonetries,themoreresistanceonecreatesfor
oneself."
Translation:Howmanytimeshaveyouworkedonaproblemfor
severalhours,onlytofindtheansweraftertakinga15minutebreak?
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Themoreyouhammerataproblem,theharderitisgoingtobeforyou
tosolveit.
"Onewhoseneedsaresimplecanfulfillthemeasily."
Translation:Simplerequirementsleadtosimpledesigns.
"Whenwelosethefundamentals,wesupplantthemwith
increasinglyinferiorvalueswhichwepretendarethetrue
values."
Translation:Hubrisisneveragoodsubstituteforgoodprogramming
standards.Ifyougetlax,noamountofdesignpatternswillever
substituteforthelackofqualityinyourcode.
plaureano
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TheCareerProgrammer:GuerillaTacticsforanImperfectWorldby
ChristopherDuncan

DanielFisher
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ParadigmsofArtificialIntelligenceProgramming:Casestudiesin
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CommonLisp
wustudybreak
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MastersofDoom.
RickoM
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Mostfuntoread:TheArtofDeceptionbyKevinMitnick(oneofworld's
mostfamoushackers)
Reallyshowsthathowsecureyoursoftwaremaybe,theweakestlinkis
alwaysthehumancontrollingit,withentertainingexamples.

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TheProductiveprogrammer.itsanaturalextensionof"thepragmatic
programer"whichgetsalittlemoreintotheeverydaydetails.

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Ifyoucouldgobackintimeandtellyourselftoreada
specificbookatthebeginningofyourcareerasadeveloper,
whichbookwoulditbe?

UnittestingisonethingthatIreallywishedIknewatthestartofmy
programmingcareerratherthanthemiddleofit.
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Astothegeneral"whatgoodbookshaveyouread"offshootofthis
thread:

WritingrequirementsisoneareawhereIsuck,thisbookhelpedalot.
NowofftoorderabookortwofromAmazon...)
mlk
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Smalltalk80:TheLanguageanditsImplementationAKAthe"Blue
book":

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