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Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

Essential books that every programmer should read

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. The Algorithm Design Manual: Steven S S. Skiena: 9788184898651
  2. C Programming Language, 2nd Edition (8601410794231): Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie: Books
  3. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, Grady Booch: 8601419047741

Colin Percival

Founder & Developer - Tarsnap

How can I learn more about algorithms?

Colin Percival recommends:

  1. The Algorithm Design Manual: Steven S S. Skiena: 9788184898651
  2. Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (The MIT Press): Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein: 8601419521876
  3. The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4A Boxed Set: 8580001170602: Computer Science Books @ Amazon.com

Jessica Livingston

Partner - Y Combinator

The book that inspired me to write a book about startups

Jessica Livingston recommends:

  1. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives: Steven Levy: 9781416596585
  2. The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing: Michael J. Mauboussin: 8601400713662
  3. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days: Jessica Livingston: 9781430210788

Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

An application security reading list

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. The IDA Pro Book: The Unofficial Guide to the World's Most Popular Disassembler: Chris Eagle: 9781593271787
  2. Gray Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Reverse Engineers: 0689145719215: Computer Science Books @ Amazon.com
  3. Network Algorithmics, : An Interdisciplinary Approach to Designing Fast Networked Devices (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking): George Varghese: 9780120884773

Thomas Ptacek

Principal - Latacora

$80 in books candidates received had one of the best ROIs

Thomas Ptacek recommends:

  1. Gray Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Reverse Engineers: 0689145719215: Computer Science Books @ Amazon.com
  2. The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications: Michal Zalewski: 8601200651461
  3. The Art of Software Security Assessment: Identifying and Preventing Software Vulnerabilities (Volume 1 of 2): Mark Dowd, John McDonald, Justin Schuh: 0785342444421



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