The assembly language is actually a strongly functional programming language, which can utilize all features of computer hardware and directly control them. As a machine language, corresponding to the high-level language compiler, assembly language also needs a assembler to compile its source code into executable machine code. As far as I know, there are at least two skills can not do anything without the basic knowledge of assembly language, they are reverse engineering (software cracking) and disk repair.
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As a popular reading material about computer science, Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software is much more vivid, interesting and easy to understand, absorb than any other similar books. It enables you to understand all aspects about computer, without profound or professional knowledge required. Its author is Charles Petzold, whose another classic masterpiece Programming Windows has affected the entire generation of programmers.
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In the field of software management, very few books can rival Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams this legendary classic. As a long-standing bestseller, it makes a deep insight that the biggest problem in the process of software development does not lie in technology, but in person; and appeals to managers to give software developers full freedom and trust. Anyone who needs to manage software projects or organizations can benefit a lot from this book. Continue reading Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd & 3rd Editions HD PDF
The Art of Computer Programming (TAOCP for short) is a comprehensive monograph written by Donald Knuth. It was first published in 1968, and acclaimed as one of the best 12 academic monographs in Twentieth Century (Albert Einstein‘s theory of relativity is one of another 11) by American Scientist Magazine in 1999. The vast majority of computer programming knowledge of contemporary software developers came from this series of books.
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Programming Pearls and More Programming Pearls are companion volumes written by Jon Bentley that successively published in 1986 and 1988. Both of them have become a masterpiece in the field of computer science. If you want to be a really excellent programmer, you have to read them first.
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AppNee believes that many wise ideas and thoughts in Programming Pearls can still make many programmers benefit a lot even after decades of years. In Programming Pearls, 2nd Edition, Jon Bentley thoroughly updated most of material in the first edition, and rewrote all the original example programs.
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In Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices (ASDP: 3P for short), the world-famous software development expert and software engineering master Robert Cecil Martin (AKA: Uncle Bob) will show you how to solve the most tricky problems software developers, project managers and project leaders are facing. Again, this comprehensive and practical guide for agile software development and extreme programming has the credit from the founders of agile development. Continue reading Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices HD PDF