My Favorite Programming Books – Introduction

I am starting a series of blogs on what I feel are the “best” programming books I have run across in my career. While the title says “Programming”, I really mean to capture all facets of IT – design, program management, etc. I have been doing this stuff since before most of you were born, but I’ll try to keep my choices to those books that are still in print. (No papayri or chiseled stone tablets.Smile)

I have chosen some arbitrary categories, and will treat each one in a separate post. Please make this truly interactive and chime in with your comments. As well as a learning experience, this is a great way to share with others what has helped you.

To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge. – Dr. Grace Hopper – USN Ret. (Everyone in the IT field should know of this remarkable woman. More on her in a future blog.)

  1. Atif Malik’s avatar

    Norby,

    I’ll look forward to your post on Dr. Grace Hopper….
    Just wanted to ask: what do think of the book “The Art of Programming” by Donald Knuth? It is a four-volume programming bible? I’ve heard some very good reviews from some of hardcore coders I’ve known. But is it worth the investment of time and energy for someone like me, who just wants to do good in his profession.
    Amazon link for the book: http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Programming-Volumes-1-4A-Boxed/dp/0321751043/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350423416&sr=1-1&keywords=the+art+of+programming

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  2. admin’s avatar

    Actually my first post on this topic will include a discussion of Knuth’s opus (and a few other accomplishments of his)

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