free programming books

This is a list of excellent books on programming that you can find for free -- notable because this is explicitly an intersection of great writing and free resources, rather than just the latter!
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27 books · 27 voters · list created September 5th, 2015 by Melissa (votes) .
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message 1: by Natalia (new)

Natalia I'm a bit confused as to why the list says these books are 'free'... I am interested in a few books on this list but it doesn't look like they are free?


message 2: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Natalia wrote: "I'm a bit confused as to why the list says these books are 'free'... I am interested in a few books on this list but it doesn't look like they are free?"

Many are available for purchase, but were also explicitly made available free somewhere on the web at the time the list was made; maybe some changed. Do you have an example?


message 3: by Natalia (new)

Natalia Melissa wrote: "Natalia wrote: "I'm a bit confused as to why the list says these books are 'free'... I am interested in a few books on this list but it doesn't look like they are free?"

Many are available for pur..."


Thanks for your reply, Melissa. I am interested in the Python books in particular. Book 3 on this list, 'Learn Python the hard way', seems to be available as a free sample only. I found some of the other books though (e.g. numbers 4 and 19 on the list) after a quick search. I should have had a proper look before commenting, sorry for the confusion. Thank you for making the list available! :)


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Hey, no worries! I should update the list re: Python the Hard Way and give some explanation, too. Write the Docs, right? Thanks for checking in about it!


message 5: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Ashley wrote: "Should books that aren't [legally] free anymore be on the list still?"

I don’t think so. Which book(s) should I update, if you don’t mind? Thanks for reaching out!


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