Reviewing classic computing literature

I’m going to be reading through and commenting on some of the classics in the field.  I’d welcome anyone who wants to join along and do a kind of virtual book club where we share our thoughts on blogs, twitter, etc.

I’m starting with “The Practice of Programming” by Brian Kernighan and Rob Pike.  It’s a nice general primer on programming style with concrete examples.   After that I’ll dive into the original K&R “The C Programming Language” working through the exercises and looking for the principles mentioned in the later book.  And then I’ll take a look at “The Unix Programming Environment” to round out the trifecta and consider how it has influenced modern systems.

And then I’ll look for some other classics, and maybe some modern books.  Open to suggestions.

Planning about 1 book every month or 2.  Spending just 30-60 minutes / day 3-4 days a week on each book, not going to deep, but looking for little insights and comparison founding principles with modern views.

Let me know if you’re interested in reading along, maybe a hangout or chat room or discussion board.

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