My answer was based simply on actual usage. Once you're beyond the basics you mostly need reference material. So based simply on the well-thumbed condition of them, of the 200+ programming books that I've purchased over the years, the two books I actually refer back to most often are Perl Cookbook and Java Cookbook. Alas, they're both still First Edition..
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