Books Famous Technical Books and Novels

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

This list below has a variety of books in it, from Java Phrasebook to XML Pocket Reference.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best technical books?" and "What are the most famous technical books?"

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Compilers: Principles, Techniq... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Technical Books and Novels
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Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools is a computer science textbook by Alfred V. Aho, Monica S. Lam, Ravi Sethi, and Jeffrey D. Ullman about compiler construction. Although more than two decades have passed since the publication of the first edition, it is widely regarded as the classic definitive compiler technology text. It is affectionately known as the Dragon Book to a generation of computer scientists as its cover depicts a knight and a dragon in battle, a metaphor for conquering complexity. This name can also refer to Aho and Ullman's older Principles of Compiler Design. ...more on Wikipedia

Author: Ravi Sethi, Alfred Aho, Jeffrey Ullman, Monica S. Lam

Subjects: Compiler, Computer Science

Genres (Book): Technical

Original Language: English Language

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Author: Timothy Fisher

Subjects: Mathematics, Computer programming, Java

Genres (Book): Computer programming, Technical

Original Language: English Language

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Learning Ruby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Technical Books and Novels
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Interest in Ruby stems from the popularity of Rails, the web development framework that's attracting new devotees and refugees from Java and PHP. But there are plenty of other uses for this versatile language. The best way to learn is to just try the code! You'll find examples on nearly every page of this book that you can imitate and hack. Briefly, this book:Outlines many of the most important features of RubyDemonstrates how to use conditionals, and how to manipulate strings in Ruby. Includes a section on regular expressionsDescribes how to use operators, basic math, functions from the Math module, rational numbers, etc.Talks you through Ruby arrays, and demonstrates hashes in ...more on Wikipedia

Author: Michael James Fitzgerald

Subjects: Ruby

Genres (Book): Technical

Original Language: American English

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Author: Richard Petersen

Genres (Book): Technical, Computer Science