Programming Tomes

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Programming Tomes

Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:27 AM

From all the religious stuff I finally came up with an idea for a thread (the first I've had in a long long time, hehe). What programming book do you feel is your 'bible'?

Because I like C++ so much here is mine:
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Share with me your divine words of the program codes~

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:46 AM

Definitely Code Complete 2.

Check out the book's website for more resources and info. Here is a well-written review.

I really can't recommend this book enough. It is language-independent, so don't be scared to read it. It is an unbelievable resource for anyone with less than a lifetime of experience as a professional software developer. This book brings together research on every major and minor aspect of software construction and shows you the best practices and most common pitfalls. It really is a must read for any developer, especially those of the self-taught variety.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:52 AM

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:53 AM

I am always partial to "The Big Red Book That Wont Fit On A Shelf" or "The Black Book"

Name that movie, if you can. Only hard core programmers will know it :)
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:10 AM

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The same one for me.

I also refer the ISO C++ Standards manual.
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:16 AM

View Postwoodjom, on 25 Jul, 2008 - 11:53 AM, said:

I am always partial to "The Big Red Book That Wont Fit On A Shelf" or "The Black Book"

Name that movie, if you can. Only hard core programmers will know it :)



Why it's Hackers, of course :D
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:54 AM

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The camel book explains basics of perl and goes into more advanced stuff.
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 11:13 AM

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(ok that is a joke. But that was a great book)
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 11:23 AM

The Pickaxe book
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 11:31 AM

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:10 PM

This is the 'book of the books' for me (when it comes to programming):

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This one is the best for me when I need some C# help:

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 02:52 PM

I do love the Knuth books (not just volume 1).

This is a hard topic for me because I have so many books, and I use most of them. The one getting the most use more or less depends upon my current project.

I work in Java but I can't say that my "Java in a nutshell" or other language references get much use... sure I visit java docs alot, but not really the book. Mostly for java I spend time in books on specific technologies (Spring in Action, Struts a definitive guide, etc).

Thats why I can't really put a book here... there really is no one book that I turn to all the time.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 07:43 PM

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http://plan9.bell-la...om/cm/cs/cbook/

I don't really ever look in it anymore, but it is my favorite book. :)
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Posted 26 July 2008 - 02:00 AM

View PostKyleG, on 25 Jul, 2008 - 12:46 PM, said:

Definitely Code Complete 2.

Check out the book's website for more resources and info. Here is a well-written review.

I really can't recommend this book enough. It is language-independent, so don't be scared to read it. It is an unbelievable resource for anyone with less than a lifetime of experience as a professional software developer. This book brings together research on every major and minor aspect of software construction and shows you the best practices and most common pitfalls. It really is a must read for any developer, especially those of the self-taught variety.

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This one. Period.
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Posted 26 July 2008 - 02:30 AM

View PostTom9729, on 25 Jul, 2008 - 10:43 PM, said:

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http://plan9.bell-la...om/cm/cs/cbook/

I don't really ever look in it anymore, but it is my favorite book. :)


My local book store has this one. I always grab it along with all the other junk I want to look at and read the odd page or chapter. There's something somehow comforting about the pure simplicity of it. Also makes me feel dirty for C++. :P

It's hard to have a favorite computer book for me. Most are for reference and the internet really beats the hell out of the dead tree versions. I have the first edition of Code Complete, it's excellent; I'll have to look at number two.

If I were to nominate one, I think the GoF would be fair. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software. Some of this book's permutations into other languages are also good.

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