|(think he wrote the Complete C++ Reference book)|
He did, and that is actually the book I used to initially learn C++. It's what my parent's got me when I asked for a book to learn C++ from so it's what I used.
| this thread isn't about C++ but the bigger picture. (Am I right, xander337?)|
You are correct. Generally I'm looking for books that I can use to gain better insight and grant a more in-depth understanding of software development, algorithm design, optimization, design patters, and basically anything that will help me improve my programming in general (that is to say, not in any particular language)
I'm also looking to expand my knowledge in the field. So books directly targeting a specific field in comp sci (cryptography, AI implementation, compiler design, OS design, etc..) or books on computer science theory would also be a key.
So far, I've appended the entirety of Grey Wolf's suggestions to my list, as well as both of ascii's (they are pretty much exactly what I'm looking for ^^;;)
Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions! As of right now I'm reading SICP via the link chrisname shared.