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What's the Most Influential Coding Book Ever?

Countless books have been written to guide and educate us in the realm of programming. But which one stands above all the rest as the most influential of them all? What coding resource book do you consider to be an absolute game-changer or a a timeless gem that has left an indelible mark on the programming world?

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Raunak Ramakrishnan

The C Programming Language by Kernighan and Ritchie

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Bernd Wechner

Beat me to it.

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Ben Halpern

Clean Code has to be up there

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Martin Stohanzl • Edited

Influencal yes, but good?
open.substack.com/pub/computerenha...

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Ben Halpern

I don鈥檛 disagree.

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Andrew Reese
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Bruce MacNaughton

The Mythical Man-Month is epic

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Libor Pansky

Good choice! I prefer Refactoring to Patterns over Refactoring by Fowler

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D7460N

Don't Make Me Think
~ Steve Krug

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Oscar

Introduction to Algorithms
by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein

Maybe not the most influential overall, but for the books that I have on programming, this tops all of them. Amazing diagrams, explanations, and a nice mix between conceptual ideas and mathematical ideas/proofs!

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Frederico Americano Linhares

The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth

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Billy Shin

Art of Computer Programming.

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Philip John Basile

For me it was CSS Zen Garden

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D7460N

Opened my eyes to "separation of concerns"

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Steve Quezadas

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Jaime L贸pez

Some of them has been named here, but "JavaScript: The Good Parts" is one of those that teaches you about how to use a programming language.

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Jaume

Personally I found Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code the most helpful book in my daily programming tasks. Although Test-Driven Development For Embedded C was the one that made me improve the most. Not only in C but in my programming methodology itself

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Ulises Serrano

Clean Architecture - Robert C. Martin

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Mohamed209

For me " let us C "
If you are starting your journey in the field of computer science, this book is epic, it really helped me alot

https://books.google.com.eg/books/about/Let_Us_C.html?id=HrlIEAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&gboemv=1&ovdme=1&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

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John Watts

Operating Systems - Design and Implementation
Andrew S. Tanenbaum

It essentially gave us Linux. Although we wouldn't have that without C so maybe second most influential.

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Libor Pansky

Code Complete
The Pragmatic Programmer
Design Patterns
Refactoring to Patterns
Operating Systems - Design and Implementation
Pro .NET Benchmarking