In Pictures: The tech canon of today is the IT of tomorrow

From cyberspace to regular expressions, these are the books that that shaped the brains and culture of today's tech pros -- and forecast future directions for the industry

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"The Soul of a New Machine" by Tracy Kidder (1981) Written in the twilight of the era when a single engineer could really know the CPU of a computer, this book is a riveting true-life tale of the trials and travails endured by the engineers who developed the first 32-bit minicomputer offering from Data General (aka "The Eagle"). It's a classic that Wired magazine once called "the original nerd epic."

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