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On Books

I frequently say that I am grateful to have grown up before the public Internet began to shape and mold human beings and human interaction. And I sometimes wonder if the Internet is a terrible thing to have happened. Not its original vision, but as it’s came to be. Probably.

Anyway, I read books, and I use libraries. I worked in a library at college. If I have the choice, I never choose an ebook over a book (and I try to order local or directly from the publisher). And so I thought, why not compile a list of my favorite computer books?

The books that make this list satisfy two criteria:

  • I continue to reread and refer to them.
  • Or, I did at one point in my career.

It’s a small list, as favorites can be, and I may add to it in time.

Data Structures and Algorithms

Editors

Programming

Command Interpreters

Systems