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Top ten IT books never to admit you haven't read
Don Marti (LinuxWorld)
Dynamic HTML : The Definitive Reference
Michael Lewis 2003 Even managers who weren't baseball fans devoured this book, for one simple reason: in the long run, IT is a recruiting contest, and most managers, in baseball as elsewhere, are missing some of the best hires because they're measuring the wrong stats.
Nicholas G. Carr
Does IT Matter?
2004 Network World's John Fontana reported on IT vendors' reactions to this book, which points out how IT is no longer a point of competitive advantage for companies. Steve Ballmer called it "hogwash." Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina said Carr was "dead wrong." Keep this one in the drawer on top of your checkbook.
Designing with Web Standards
2003 All that AJAX code would have done you no good if the pages you're dynamically populating were still 1990s Browser War monstrosities, or the kind of bare academic look that only a standards weenie could love. This book made clean markup beautiful.
Harry G. Frankfurt
2005 Understanding the principal product of the IT industry in 80 pages? Sign us up for that.
William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin and Aviel D. Rubin
Firewalls and Internet Security
1994 Today, "we have a firewall" can be an excuse for all kinds of insane security decisions. But the fundamental idea of firewalls, and the detailed view that this book provided, was instrumental in helping the Internet change its personality from an R&D environment to a business tool that contributes to the top line.
Writing Solid Code
1993 This book introduced a generation of programmers to quality-boosting techniques such as assertions and defensive programming. As a bonus, you get the world's funniest cover tagline: "Microsoft's Techniques for Developing Bug-Free C Programs."
Thomas A. Limoncelli
Time Management for System Administrators
2005 IT jobs eat people's lives. Here's how to set up the tools and habits that will keep your panic time low and get some time for important long-term projects and for yourself.
Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike The Unix Programming Environment 1984 We take scripting and markup languages for granted today, but back in 1984, these ideas were stuck in academic and research computing. Although Unix as such quickly collapsed into an incompatible, overpriced mess, the ideas in this book escaped and resurfaced in BSD, GNU and the Web.
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering
1975 People started calling this the bible of software engineering, and 30 years after publication, the author agreed. "Everybody quotes it, some people read it, and a few people go by it." Even if you can't use the advice on how to build small, focused teams, this book will help you know how far in the weeds you really are.
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