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A Byte of Python by C.H.Swaroop . A nice introduction.
ACM online Books & Courses . Free for ACM members.
Algorithms and Complexity , an online book by Herbert S. Wilf . Buy 2nd Edition .
Algorithms and Data Structures by N.Wirth (Oberon version of August 2004).
Algorithms for Programmers by Jörg Arndt.
Nice open project and a book (pdf , 970 pp).
ARM Assembly Language Programming by Pete Cockerell .
Autoregressive Modeling: Elementary Least-Squares Methods by H.Thornburg .
C++: A Dialog , a nice text by Steve Heller .
C++ GUI Programming with Qt 3 by Jasmin Blanchette and Mark Summerfield.
Superceded by C++ GUI Programming with Qt 4 .
Clever Algorithms: Nature-Inspired Programming Recipes by Jason Brownlee .
Available also as a paperback .
Compiler Construction by N.Wirth .
Computational Complexity: A Conceptual Perspective by Oded Goldreich
(related and complementary postsript texts). Printed version >> .
Computational Introduction to Number Theory and Algebra by Victor Shoup .
Computer Architecture and Interfacing to Mechatronic Systems by Dario J.Toncich .
Convex Optimization by Stephen Boyd and Lieven Vandenberghe .
Cross-Platform GUI Programming with wxWidgets by Julian Smart , Kevin Hock and Stefan Csomor .
Find PDF here or buy the printed version .
Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in C++
by Bruno R.Preiss .
Also available in Java, C#, Python, Ruby, Lua, Perl, and PHP.
Dive into Python by Mark Pilgrim .
Available also as paperback .
Designing and Building Parallel Programs by Ian Foster.
Dreistufig parallele Software zur Parameteroptimierung von Support-Vektor-Maschinen mit kostensensitiven Gütemaßen , NIC Volume 35, by Tatjana Eitrich . In German .
Entropy and Information Theory by R.M.Gray .
Could be available also in printed version .
Eric's Book about Linux by Eric Forsberg .
Erkennung von Nichtlinearitäten und wechselseitigen Abhängigkeiten in Zeitreihen , NIC Volume 6, by Andreas Schmitz in German .
Essential Skills for Agile Development by Tong Ka Iok .
Check availability of printed version .
Extreme Programming in Perl by Robert Nagler .
Check availability of printed version .
FORTRAN 90 and Computational Science by Computational Science Education Project .
Foundations of Cryptography by Oded Goldreich
(related and complementary postsript texts). Also available in printed form
FreeBSD Handbook .
From Computational Biophysics to Systems Biology (CBSB07) , NIC Volume 36,
Edited by U.H.E.Hansmann et al . Proceedings of CBSB07 .
Graph Algorithms by Shimon Evan (Chapters 1-6, .ps format).
Also in printed form .
Handbook of Applied Cryptography
by Alfred J.Menezes ,
Paul C. van Oorschot
and Scott A.Vanstone .
Also in printed form .
Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms , by David MacKay .
Available also in printed form .
Intel ® 64 and IA-32 Manuals . A set of 9 PDF manuals covering all Intel microprocessors.
Introduction to Statistical Data Processing by R.M.Gray and L.D.Davisson .
Courtesy Cambridge University Press. You can also buy the printed version .
Java by Definition (JBD) at MathCS.org, a textbook by Bert G.Wachsmuth .
Lexical Analysis and Parsing using C++
by Bruno R.Preiss . 390-page PDF.
Logic for Computer Science: Foundations of Automatic Theorem Proving
by Jean Gallier . Wiley 1986. Revised 2003.
Machine Learning, Neural and Statistical Classification , edited by D.Michie , D.J.Spiegelhalter and C.C.Taylor .
Mathematical Optimization by the Computational Science Education Project . Online HTML/PS book on unconstrained and global optimization. Very good !
Mathematics for Algorithm and Systems Analysis
by Edward A. Bender and Gill S. Williamson .
Maximum Security : A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network
Sams 1997, by Mark Taber , pure HTML version.
Modern Cryptography, Probabilistic Proofs and Pseudorandomness
by Oded Goldreich
(related and complementary postsript texts). more >> .
Multiparadigm Programming with Object-Oriented Languages , NIC Volume 13,
Edited by J.Striegnitz et al . Proceedings of MPOOL Workshop , 11 June 2002, Malaga.
Multiparadigm Programming with Object-Oriented Languages , NIC Volume 7,
Edited by C.Bischof et al . Proceedings of MPOOL Workshop , 18 May 2001, Budapest.
NIC Symposium 2006 , NIC Volume 32,
Proceedings edited by Münster et al . High-end scientific computing.
NIC Symposium 2001 , NIC Volume 9,
Proceedings edited by Horst Rollnik and Dietrich Wolf . High-end scientific computing.
NIC Workshop: From Computational Biophysics to Systems Biology 2006 ,
NIC Volume 34,
edited by U.H.E.Hansmann et al . Proceedings of CBSB06 .
Numerical Methods and Analysis for Engineers by Douglas W.Harder .
Numerical Methods for Limit and Shakedown Analysis , NIC Volume 15.
Edited by Manfred Staat and Michael Heitzer .
Numerical Recipes by Press W.H., Teukolsky S.A., Vetterling W.T., Flannery B.P.
Subscribe to the newest C++ verion, or consult chapters of older versions . Excellent .
Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns
by Serge Demeyer , Stéphane Ducasse , and Oscar Nierstrasz .
Object-Oriented Software Composition , edited by Oscar Nierstrasz and Dennis Tsichritzis .
On LISP by Paul Graham .
Parallel Computing: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications , NIC Volume 38,
Edited by C.Bischof et al . Proceedings of ParCo 2007 Conference , 4-7 Sep 2007.
Parallel Computing: Current &anp; Future Issues of High-End Computing ,
NIC Volume 33,
edited by G.R.Joubert et al . Proceedings of ParCo 2005 Conference .
Parsing Techniques - A Practical Guide by Dick Grune and Ceriel J.H.Jacobs .
1st Edition printed in 1990 by Ellis Horwood. 2nd Edition in printed form .
Planning Algorithms by Steven M. LaValle (1023 pages, Cambridge Uni Press 2006).
Practical Common Lisp by Peter Seibel .
Also in printed form
Practical PHP Programming by Paul Hudson (it even became a wiki )
Programming in Oberon by M.Reiser and N.Wirth .
Project Oberon - The Design of an Operating System and Compiler
by N.Wirth and J.Gutknecht .
Rethinking Public Key Infrastructures and Digital Certificates: Building in Privacy
by Stefan Brands .
Rough Set Data Analysis: A road to non-invasive knowledge discovery ,
a primer by Ivo Düntsch and Günther Gediga .
Also in printed form
Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems by Ross Anderson , Complete 1st Edition and selected Chapters of 2nd Edition.
Also in Printed form .
Sequential Simplex Optimization by Fred H.Walters , Lloyd R.Parker Jr. , Stephen L.Morgan and Stanley Deming .
Also in printed form >> .
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs a free course at MIT Open Courseware .
Based on the printed book by H.Abelson and G.J. and Julie Sussman .
Sorting and Searching Algorithms: A Cookbook by Thomas Niemann .
Attention: Updated and expanded version of this free book is available from ePaperPress
in 4 languages (English , Russian , Italian and French ).
Statistics: Methods and Applications by Thomas Hill and Paul Lewicki at StatSoft.
Available also in print .
System/360 Scientific Subroutine Package Programmer's Manual, Version III
an online re-edition of the now historic 1968 IBM document.
Tcl Wise a Tcl/Tk book with 10 free Chapters online; by Salvatore Sanfilippo .
Tcl/Tk Tutorial by Binny V.A. .
Technical Reports of the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge .
This is much more than a book: over 700 freely accessible PDF s.
The Matrix Cookbook , a free mathematical desktop reference on matrices
by Kaare B.Petersen and Michael S.Pedersen .
Thinking in C++ by Bruce Eckel . 2nd Edition, Volumes 1 & 2.
Also available: Annotated Solutions Guide for Thinking in C++ .
Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel . 3rd Edition.
Also available: Annotated Solutions Guide for Thinking in Java .
Thinking in Python by Bruce Eckel .
Three books by Ian Parberry :
- Problems on Algorithms ,
- Parallel Complexity Theory ,
- Lecture Notes on Algorithm Analysis and Computational Complexity .
Ynot Logic Simulator: A literate C++ program
by Bruno R.Preiss .
Source code is also available.

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