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    For any of you guys studying computer science at university or just generally enthusiastic about the subject, are there any 'must-reads' for someone wanting to take it to uni? If I had to be more specific about a particular area in computer science I'd say software engineering but that's probably just because I know a lot less about hardware. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
    • The Dragon Book - Focuses on compiler writing
    • Modern Compiler Implementation - An alternative to the Dragon book. It's easier to understand and requires less familiarity with theoretical PL.
    • Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Sipser, for a deep appreciation of the meaning of computation
    • Computational Complexity by Barak and Arora.
    • Category Theory by Awodey.
    • Introduction to Algorithms, by CLRS.
    • The C Programming Language, Second Edition
    • Numerical Computing with Matlab by Cleve Moler.
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    (Original post by SkyT)
    • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
    • The Dragon Book - Focuses on compiler writing
    • Modern Compiler Implementation - An alternative to the Dragon book. It's easier to understand and requires less familiarity with theoretical PL.
    • Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Sipser, for a deep appreciation of the meaning of computation
    • Computational Complexity by Barak and Arora.
    • Category Theory by Awodey.
    • Introduction to Algorithms, by CLRS.
    • The C Programming Language, Second Edition
    • Numerical Computing with Matlab by Cleve Moler.
    Many thanks! I'll be sure to check these out!
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    Introduction to Algorithms
    The Art of Computer Programming
    Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach
    The Cathedral and The Bazaar
    Concrete Mathematics
    Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
    Computational Complexity: A Modern Approach
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    I never got through it all but Computers and Intractability: A Guide to the Theory of NP-completeness is still seen as something of an authority in the field, I believe.

    It is quite technical as I recall.
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    (Original post by Planto)

    It is quite technical as I recall.
    Do you think I should try some easier reads before going for this or do you think I could jump right into it?

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    (Original post by SleepingStag)
    Do you think I should try some easier reads before going for this or do you think I could jump right into it?

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    Depends on what you know now. From what I remember it is quite heavy on the maths and brief on explanations of the basics. If you're completely new to Computer Science you'd be better off reading something like Introduction to Algorithms first, so you understand what it's talking about.
 
 
 
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