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Here is a list of some great books that software programmers think worth reading, and is created in response to answer to this question: “What is the single most influential book every programmer should read?”

Code Complete: A

Practical Handbook

The Pragmatic


Structure and

Interpretation of …

C Programming


Introduction to


Design Patterns:

Elements of …

Refactoring Improving

the Design of …

The Mythical Man-Month:

Essays on Software

The Art of

Computer Programming

Compilers: Principles,

Techniques, and Tools

Godel, Escher, Bach: An

Eternal Golden Braid

Clean Code: A Handbook

of Agile Software

Effective C++: 55

Specific Ways to …

More Effective C++:

35 New Ways to …

Code: The Hidden

Language of Computer



Working Effectively

with Legacy Code

Peopleware: Productive

Projects and Teams

Coders at Work:

Reflections on …

“Surely You’re Joking,

Mr. Feynman!”



Patterns of Enterprise


The Little


The Seasoned


why’s guide

to Ruby

The Inmates Are

Running the Asylum

The Art of UNIX


Test Driven

Development: By Example

Practices of an Agile

Developer: Working in

Don’t Make Me Think,

Revisited: A Common

Agile Software


Domain-Driven Design:

Tackling Complexity in

The Design of Everyday


Modern C++ Design:

Generic Programming and

The Best Software

Writing I

The Practice of


Pragmatic Thinking and

Learning: Refactor

Software Estimation:

Demystifying the Black

My Job Went to India:

52 Ways to Save Your

Hackers: Heroes of the

Computer Revolution

Algorithms + Data

Structures = Programs

Writing Solid


JavaScript: The Good


Getting Real: The

Smarter, Faster, Easier

Computer Graphics:

Principles and Practice

Thinking in


The Elements of

Computing Systems:

Refactoring to


Modern Operating


The Annotated Turing: A

Guided Tour Through

Things That Make Us

Smart: Defending Human

The Timeless Way of


The Deadline: A Novel

About Project

The C++ Programming


Patterns of Enterprise


Computer Systems: A


Agile Principles,

Patterns, and Practices

Growing Object-Oriented

Software, Guided by

Framework Design




Advanced Programming in

the UNIX Environment

Hackers & Painters: Big

Ideas from the

The Soul of A New


CLR via


Design Patterns in C# )


Zen and the Art of

Motorcycle Maintenance:

About Face: The

Essentials of

Here Comes Everybody:

The Power of Organizing

The Tao of Programming


The Computational

Beauty of Nature:

Writing Solid


Philip & Alex’s Guide

to Web Publishing


Analysis and Design

Computability: An

Introduction to

Masterminds of


Tao Te


The Productive

Programmer )

The Art of Deception:

Controlling the Human

The Career Programmer:

Guerilla Tactics for

Paradigms of Artificial


Masters of Doom: How

Two Guys Created an

Pragmatic Unit Testing

in C# with NUnit

How to Solve It: A New

Aspect of Mathematical



Smalltalk-80: The

Language and its

Writing Secure


Introduction to

Functional Programming

No Bugs!: Delivering

Error Free Code in C



JUnit in


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