Books Famous Computer Programming Books and Novels

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List of famous computer programming books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular computer programming books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best computer programming novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

List includes Java Phrasebook, Hooked on Java and more.

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ANSI Common Lisp Paul Graham

Code Complete Steve McConnell Code Complete is a software development book, written by Steve McConnell and published in 1993 by Microsoft Press, urging developers to get past code and fix programming and the big design up ...more

Hooked on Java Sami Shaio, Orca Starbuck, Arthur van Hoff

Java Phrasebook Timothy Fisher

Java: Just in Time John Latham

Learning Python Mark A. Lutz Learning Python is a tutorial book for the Python programming language, and is published by O'Reilly.

On Lisp Paul Graham On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp is a book by Paul Graham on macro programming in Common Lisp. Published in 1993, it is currently out of print, but can be freely downloaded as a PDF


The Little Schemer Matthias Felleisen, Daniel P. Friedman

The Tao of Programming Geoffrey James The Tao of Programming is a book written in 1987 by Geoffrey James. Written in a tongue-in-cheek style spoof of classic Taoist texts such as the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi which belies its ...more

What to Do After You Hit Return or P.C.C.'s First Book of Computer Games What to Do After You Hit Return or P.C.C.'s First Book of Computer Games is the first computer game book written by Howie Franklin, Marc LeBrun, Dave Kaufman, and others at People's Computer ...more