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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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