Every working programmer or software developer ought to have a large personal library of books they consider essential–these books are mine. My list started off being very language heavy (mostly Perl), but as I’ve gotten older (and gained more experience) I’ve gravitated towards broader topics in software development. Programming Languages C/C++ C++ Programming Language, The by Bjarne Stroustrup Clojure Programming Clojure by Alex Miller with Stuart Halloway and Aaron Bedra Perl Advanced Perl Programming by Simon Cozens Extending and Embedding Perl by Tim Jenness and Simon Cozens Higher Order Perl by Mark Jason Dominus Object Oriented Perl by Damian Conway Mastering Perl by Brian D.
I try to read a variety of books. In the past the local library was down the street from where I lived, but now I prefer reading ebooks (either purchased or borrowed.) There is a large gap where no books were recorded while the site was offline: a regret as I know I read during those periods. (If you’re a programmer or developer, check out my collection of programming books.