HeckFeck: If you're interested in something closer to the hardware than Python, why not read about the language that implements Python? It's a programming classic, very concise, easy to read and... read comments

sg0: I like to approach this book from the back (i.e., indices), pick up a topic, and then read the contents one by one. Repeat. read comments

cfeduke: If you had to pick between SICP and Clean Code because time is at a premium I'd err on the side of Clean Code for practicality. Writing maintainable code is paramount. read comments

BFatts: A fantastic language-agnostic manual that still applies heavily today. read comments

shawn: I think it's a good one because it's a mix of analysis and history. Thiel had a unique vantage point, and he shares it well. It also challenges you to be ambitious, which is becoming a rare sentiment. read comments

cjsuk: Learned more from that than I did doing an EE degree at university. It gets used to this day even though I bought this copy in 1995. I have the latest edition arriving today. read comments

DanHulton: One of the best books on programming style and function, backed up with actual research for the recommendations. read comments

cben: This gives you a phenomenally good survey of concepts and practice of distributed systems... read comments

butlersean: After reading I began to think about programming as an algebraic transformation from one system to another, in doing so radically reduced the amount of errors I made. read comments

organsnyder: Good for learning the mindset of developing backward-compatible APIs in any language read comments

davidgh: A masterpiece. The age of the book proves it. It is as relevant today as it was when written 30 years ago. The only downside to the book is it will ruin every elevator, door handle and... read comments

air7: Hands down the book that most influenced me. The book had (for me) not one but several simple-yet-profound ideas that were forever inserted into the foreground of how I make sense of the world. read comments

combatentropy: This is like the Elements of Style but for graphs. Again, it encouraged me to cut through the hype and deliver the content as clearly and succinctly as possible --- to serve the reader... read comments

combatentropy: I always enjoyed writing, but at first school taught me to write in a flowery, longwinded way. This was the book that cracked the code for me to good writing. It dispelled a lot of self-serving... read comments