I learned to program in assembly, the programs we wrote were for troubleshooting early IBM PCs. The two processors we wrote for were the Z80, the Intel 8080 and the 8086. I still have my Understanding Microprocessors text book from 1993 that covers the Intel processors.
I still use assembly today for Freescale (Motorola) HC08 microcontrollers.
A lot of strictly technical books here. While I agree that they help making you a good coder, they not necessarily teach you the intricates of the trade. How to deal with difficult projects, how to manage unreasonable expectations and how to fight for your personal time are as important (if not even more important) to being a good PROGRAMMER. That's why I recommend "The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World".
Sorting by frequency of occurrence isn't very useful. It appears a search for an exact title match is being done. As a result, the count for Niklaus Wirth's "Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs" is incorrect.
Besides it is a 'Manual' for learning C, it IS (and not only WAS) a great book to learn how to program in a right way. It is easy to understand. (OK, the writing is easy, the concept not too much for beginners) but if you start form the beginning and read each line, you will learn how to make good programs.
We have three things in common. One, the book we used to learn to code. Second, I also started on 68000 chips (Amiga 1000) and third, my second lastname (I live in a country where we use 2 lastnames, father and mother) is Clement. Germán Valencia Clement. And yes, German in Spanish is the same than Hermann in English lol.
Great to know you German! It's cool that we share so much. My first computer, by the way, was an Amiga 1000 (unless you count a Sinclair ZX80). I wrote a freeware program that appeared on one of the first Amiga freeware disks (it was called "enpig" I think.) I searched for it, but it seems to have been erased from the memory of the internet. It took in a typed English sentence, parsed it (badly), converted it into Pig Latin (e.g. "That was fun" -> "atthey usway unfay") and spoke the result using the Amiga text to speech feature.
This is excellent! Nice to meet you too Mr. Clement .
I worked for an engineering company at that time, and I wrote my first program using C for calculations and AmigaBasic for the interface (it was easy to work with it for windows and buttons). That ancient program was for calculating steel structures by matrix inversion methods.
We use that program in Amiga and not in PC compatible, because it was easy to access all the memory (4 MB RAM) and in the PC environment was a very difficult task. (At least in C or basic). That program never was sold and it is not possible to find it in Internet. And sadly, the source no longer exists.
Very true. Some (actually nearly 30) years ago, I was given a new project at work and told that C should be the language of choice. I read this book over the weekend and started coding on the Monday, and was surprised at how much this book helped me.
I started programming in the mid 80s, on hobby machines like the Commodore 64 (BASIC, Lisp and 6510 assembly) and the TSR-80 (BASIC, Fortran, Pascal and 8086 assembly.) Books and magazines borrowed from the library, conversations with other hobbyists, and dial-up bulletin boards were my source of information. I took some courses in college (RPG, C, and God help me, even COBOL) but the biggest help in learning programming was to wade hip-deep into code and splash about.
I have not bought books so far. I have used the "learn VC++ in 21 days" some time ago in the first company I worked for.
Since then... I have mainly used internet sites like CodeProject, homeandlearn, w3school and similars.
I know many people will say nothing can replace a book and I (80%) agree with that, but since I am just learning in my spare time (which is not so stable) I prefer the "learn by doing" and search for concrete things when I get stuck.
I have somehow missed a good book, when facing some theory / concept problems. But as there are so fvcking good professionals here... at the end was not so tragic.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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It seems I am free to answer this question any number of times and I can write anything in the answer.
Which seems to be OK but it possibly open doors for robots to enter junk values too. Perhaps It is a good idea to add a CAPTCHA with this question. It is just a thought.
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You don't want to annoy registered users, when you can definitely prevent multiple voting otherwise. In fact, captchas don't prevent misusage but makes it a bit more challenging. As other polls had that kind of protection, you might have encountered a bug.
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