In Pictures: The tech canon of today is the IT of tomorrow

From cyberspace to regular expressions, these are the books that that shaped the brains and culture of today's tech pros -- and forecast future directions for the industry

"The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering" by Fred Brooks (1975) Sometimes, to unravel the knots in a new software project, you need a classic set of tools. This book was first released in 1975 and updated in 1986 with the essay "No Silver Bullet: Essence and Accidents of Software Engineering," which posits that "there is no single development ... which by itself promises even one order of magnitude [tenfold] improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity." But if the news that there's no magic bullet for increasing productivity tenfold is bumming you out, stick around for the part of the chapter where Brooks argues that rockstar programmers should be compensated like, well, rockstars.

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