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It's All About the Code (and Books About Code)

March 28, 2012
New York

There are many books about programming, but not so many about code. Whereas a program is a work of engineering, code is the underlying metaphysical ideal. We all strive to write great code, solid code, readable code, beautiful code, to understand what makes great code, and even at times to grasp how the code we write relates to the hardware on which it runs.

For the next week, O'Reilly is having a 50% off sale for ebooks about code, including my own Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software:

Check it out, and remember: Buying a book is the best way to make yourself happy and an author happy at the same time.


Great! Charles, your post was a last straw for me to buy some of these books. What other books from this series have you read and/or recommend? What do you think of usefulness of Writing Secure Code nowadays? Thank you.

IL, Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:19:40 -0400

Not familiar with that book, I'm afraid. — Charles

Thanks. Nevermind, I'm going to read the Code book first.

— IL, Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:03:45 -0400

By the way, what have happened with all the complimentary books of yours? Were there people from all over the world who could fulfil all the requirements of getting one?

— IL, Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:10:38 -0400

I got about a hundred emails, and about half of them followed up by sending me envelopes so I could send them the books. — Charles

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