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Culling the hard...copy

2003-10-13 21:15:57.922831+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

So, speaking of books, I've decided that I need to do a big culling of my bookshelves. I'm not sure quite how far down I want to dig, but some questions:

  1. Should I keep my copy of Newman & Sproull[Wiki]? How about the other classics that I don't have a reason to go back to, Aho, Sethi & Ullman's Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools[Wiki], Clocksin and Mellish on Prolog[Wiki], Kernighan and Plauger's Software Tools[Wiki], the classics that probably most modern geeks haven't heard of? Some of these might be useful for archivists some day, looking at the Human Interface Guidelines for the Apple Desktop Interface[Wiki] could show some interesting things about how GUIs evolve, but should I care?
  2. How about books for obsolete APIs and hardware. Any reason to care about COM[Wiki] any more? How about Norton's Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC[Wiki]?
  3. And process books? From Jane M. Healy's Failure to Connect[Wiki] to Steve McConnell's Writing Solid Code[Wiki] to The Inmates Are Running The Asylum[Wiki], many of these were lauded, some I liked, some I didn't, will I ever have a reason to go back?

And, perhaps the most important question: On the ones I don't see a need to keep, should I throw 'em out, or does someone out there want 'em?

[ related topics: Apple Computer Books Software Engineering Writing Archival Failure To Connect ]

comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: Culling the hard...copy made: 2003-10-14 02:01:58.465237+00 by: Diane Reese

If there are any classic code texts in the bunch, I know a teenager or two who would probably like to peruse them before they become landfill....

#Comment Re: Culling the hard...copy made: 2003-10-14 02:47:52.714948+00 by: dws

Speaking of classics: I was culling a large stack of papers, and found one on ray tracing by one Daniel Lyke.

#Comment Re: Culling the hard...copy made: 2003-10-14 07:19:50.084775+00 by: ccoryell

I have enjoyed selling books on amazon. I would start there...

#Comment Re: Culling the hard...copy made: 2003-10-14 14:40:39.212595+00 by: meuon

I still use Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC a couple of times a year.