ECRB list of Great Books is an article written by Greg V. Wilson in Dr. Dobbs Technical Journal. ECRB stands for Electronic Review of Technical Books. It's an important article and forms a good basis for beginning computer programming theorists to expand their backgrounds with solid fundamentals. The article in its entirety can be found at:

The list is as follows:

  • Donald Knuth The Art of Programming
  • Fred Brooks The Mythical Man-Month
  • Christopher Alexander A Pattern Language
  • Douglas Hofstadter Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
  • Jon Bentley Programming Pearls
  • Barry Boehm Software Engineering Economics
  • Tom DeMarco Peopleware
  • Hennessy and Patterson Computer Architecture
  • Marvin Minsky Computation: Finite and Infinite Machines
  • Strunk and White The Elements of Style
  • Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass

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