<nerd warning = on> Nerd alert! Nerd alert!
Here is the list I chose in ACM‘s voting over favorite computer science classic:
- Classics in Software Engineering Yourdon, E.
- Common Lisp Steele, G.
- The Elements of Programming Style Kernighan, B. W. and Plauger, P. J.
- Estimating software costs Jones, T. C.
- First draft of a report on the EDVAC Newmann, J. v.
- Human Problem Solving Newell, A.
- Mindstorms Papert, S.
- Operating Systems Madnick, S. E. and Donovan, J. J.
- Perceptrons (Minsky, I suppose)
- The REXX language: a practical approach to programming Cowlishaw, M. F.
- SIMULA 67 common base language, (Norwegian Computing Center. Publication) Dahl, O.
- Sketchpad Sutherland, I. E.
- Smalltalk-80: bits of history, words of advice G. Krasner, Ed.
- Smalltalk-80: the interactive programming environment Goldberg, A.
- Smalltalk-80: the language and its implementation Goldberg, A. and Robson, D.
- Software creativity Glass, R. L.
- Software psychology Shneiderman, B.
- Structured Programming Dahl, O. J.
- Systems Programming Donovan, J. J.
- Understanding Natural Language Winograd, T.
The rules for candidates are pretty peculiar – the book has to be out of print, for example. One book I missed was Winograd, T. and F. Flores (1986). Understanding Computers and Cognition, but perhaps it is still in print. I would also have liked to see Eames, C. and R. Eames (1990). A Computer Perspective, though that is more of a computer history book. Not to mention a book I know is out of print, namely Montgomery Phister’s (1979) Data Processing Technology and Economics, a great overview of everything you could wish for of economic and technical data on computers from 1955 to 1978, published by Digital.
It seems I will have to confess to a certain managerial bent, as well as shameless promotion of OO and Norwegians….
Ahhh, that felt good. My sincere apologies….
PS: Also Sethi, R. (1989). Programming Languages; Concepts and Constructs. The dragon book. Sorry about that.