Useful Programming Documents and Books
Programming Methodologies and Philosophies
- Bad Engineering Properties of Object-Oriented Languages by Luca Cardelli.
- The Rise of “Worse is Better” by Richard P. Gabriel.
- The Unix Programming Environment - The Bible of Unix programming style and philosophy by Rob Pike and Brian Kernighan.
- The Practice of Programming by Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike - More programming advice by the Bell Labs masters.
- Software Tools by Brian W. Kernighan and P. J. Plauger - Another masterpiece by Kernighan, the programming language(s) used are not particularly important, it is all about the philosophy and how the different tools work together.
- Quotes about programming.
Alef was a concurrent programming language designed for Plan 9 by Phil Winterbottom.
A wonderful language for manipulating text.
- The Amazing Awk Assembler by Henry Spencer.
- The AWK Programming Language by Alfred V. Aho, Brian W. Kernighan and Peter J. Weinberger - An excellent book not only about AWK, but also about how to build a clean and elegant special-purpose language that fits well with the ‘tool philosophy’.
The C legendary programming language by Dennis M. Ritchie.
- A New C Compiler by Ken Thompson.
- Notes on Programming in C by Rob Pike.
- The Ten Commandments for C Programmers (Annotated Edition) by Henry Spencer.
- #ifdef Considered Harmful, or Portability Experience With C News by Henry Spencer and Geoff Collyer.
- C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie - C is the universal portable assembler that every programmer should know well, and this book is indispensable for anyone that has to read, write or dream C code.
Limbo is a concurrent programming language developed by Sean Dorward, Phil Winterbottom, and Rob Pike at Bell Labs for the Inferno operating system.
- A Descent into Limbo by Brian Kernighan.
- The Limbo Programming Language by Dennis M. Ritchie and Addendum by Vita Nuova.
- Inferno Programming with Limbo by Phillip Stanley-Marbell of Carnegie Mellon University.
Squeak and Newsqueak
(Don’t confuse with Alan Kay’s squeak!)