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Discussion on: What are some "classic reads" in programming?

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Rafael de Azevedo

As I think that relevant long reads most often do not equate to directly useful in the day-to-day, my list of programming "classics" tend to revolve around historical and critical commentary. All the tools, jargon and conventions we use are part of a history of computer abstractions, and gaining depth necessarily involves not only understanding general concepts but also having some notion of where they come from. Interesting reads on the subject span from mainstream non-fiction like Steven Levy's Hackers to Eric Raymond's The Art of Unix Programming and Richard Stallman's collection of essays (the FOSS world is rich with writing of this kind).