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Q. What programming books would you recommend?
These aren't the only books I have read on these subjects -- just
ones I recommend. I guess I'm a bit picky. Hopefully this list
will help somebody avoid the less good books.
Algorithms Programming Pearls
by Jon Bentley
Algorithms The Art of Computer Programming
by Donald E. Knuth
I own all three volumes. The examples are written in the
the MIX machine code which isn't implemented anywhere.
But a good series none-the-less.
Apple ][ Beneath Apple DOS
by Don Worth and Pieter Lechner
Of course, totally useless today but the first computer book
I got into.
C The C Programming Language (aka K&R)
by Brian W. Kerniham and Dennis M Ritchie
Well written and even later editions are still pretty thin.
Which explains, in part, why the language is a success.
C++ The C++ Programming Language
by Bjarne Stroustrup
This is the official book about the language
so you kinda have to buy it but its not a great book.
I am sure there are better introductions out there.
COM Steal This Code
by Al Williams
A few years old, just like COM, but great for getting
Crypto Practical Cryptography
by Niels Ferguson and Bruce Scheier
Apparently everyone reads this book, thinks they know
everything and implements imperfect crypto systems.
So don't do that.
Crypto Disappearing Cryptography
by Peter Wayner
Inspired my site http://www.spamMimic.com
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
Designing with Web Standards
by Jeffrey Zeldman
Good blend of the practical and design.
Design Programming on Purpose
by P.J. Plauger
Graphics Graphics Gems
by Andrew S. Glassner
After the first one there was a series of at least 5 books.
Some amazing tricks in these books!
Perl Programming Perl (aka the Camel Book)
by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
The official book but good also.
Recursion Sructure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Jule Sussman
Man, those MIT people must be smart if this was a first
year text book.
OOPS Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John M. Vlissides
This book is a bit overrated. It formalizes what rational
people were already doing. But it introduces now necessary
vocabulary, like Singleton, that you need to know
to be in the loop.
Advanced UNIX Programming
by Marc J. Rochkind
Windows Programming the Windows 95 User Interface
by Nancy Winnick Cluts
This stuff still works in Windows Vista