Gargantua and Pantagruel (AKA: The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel, La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel) is a full-length satiric novel written by the French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais. The whole book consists of five volumes, its publishing process was full of hardships and it was banned for many times. Anyway, it swept away the artificial writing style in aristocratic literature, and brought the literary world at that time a lively, close-to-life fresh air that suits both refined and popular tastes.
War and Peace (Война и мир) is one of the greatest Russian litterateur in the late 19th century and early 20th century (also one of the most outstanding writers in the history of world literature) Leo Tolstoy's three representative works (the other two are: Anna Karenina and Resurrection), also his first full-length novel. Leo Tolstoy spent more than 10 years of time to complete this immortal classic in the literature world.
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.
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.
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.
In the field of software development, almost no other books can be like The Mythical Man-Month, which has such far-reaching influence and remains popular. It has been a unique masterpiece that IT practitioners such like software developer, software project manager, software system analyst must read.