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General Software Engineering

A plea for Lean Software by Nikolaus Wirth (1995). This is still very valid today.

What Every Computer Scientist Should Know About Floating-Point Arithmetic by David Goldberg (ACM Computing Surveys 23 issue 1, 1991) should be required reading for anyone dealing with floating point in a non-trivial way. An edited reprint that is more browser friendly is here.

Compute the magic number for division by a given divisor, so you can multiply and shift rather than divide. I’d welcome a link for something like this that doesn’t rely on the Wayback Machine.


Software Optimization Resources by Agner Fog. I can’t recommend this highly enough as a resource for writing fast x86-64 code.

Intel Intrinsics Guite - there used to be a downloadable jar for offline use, but it doesn’t seem to exist any more.

AMD64 Architecture Programmer’s Manual Volume 3: General-Purpose and System Instructions

AMD64 Architecture Programmer’s Manual Volume 4: 128-Bit Media Instructions

Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer Manuals - I don’t find this quite as readable as the AMD ones, but it is good to have both.


Arm developer intrinsics

I would love to find more high quality ARM developer resources to add here.


The Theory of Interstellar Trade by Paul Krugman 1978. Silly but fun.