if you're not familiar, they are a great introduction
Indeed. "Algorithm X is numerically more stable than algorithm Y" was a concept that I don't recall hearing from anywhere else (until the "math with floats is weird" and "GPU won't give same results as CPU" did kick in).
I must be weird. I never read much in the way of “how to program” books. Mostly I just read documentation manuals.
I read my TP4 Manual so often I broke the spine in several spaces (which irked my dad since it was actually his book). Though, now that I am thinking about it, it did have a section describing what variables/constants/literals/procedures were, and the structure of a program, which you might consider a basic how-to.
Hmm, and I did skim through Effective Programming In Tcl/Tk when I was first learning the language...