Programming Books: The good, the great and the mandatory

We all love learning more about what we like. It is one of those things that please us. By learning the principles, you´ll have the right bases to understand programming, its uses, structure, interpretation and more. There’s a lot of new information out there, which is always great, but let’s never forget the all-time favorite books that every programmer should read. That is why we created a list of different resources you might want to check out if you are interested in coding and programming. Let’s begin with our top ten books: 

  • Programming Pearls by Jon Bentley

“Just as natural pearls grow from grains of sand that irritate oysters, programming pearls have grown from real problems that have irritated real programmers. With origins beyond solid engineering, in the realm of insight and creativity, Bentley’s pearls offer unique and clever solutions to those nagging problems.” – Amazon Summary

  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson

“The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs” is an entry-level subject in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is required of all students at MIT who major in Electrical Engineering or in Computer Science, as one-fourth of the standard core curriculum,” which also includes two subjects on circuits and linear systems and a subject on the design of digital systems.” – ResearchGate Abstract

  • The Pragmatic Programmer: Your Tourney to Mastery by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas

“Simply put, this book tells you how to program in a way that you can follow. You wouldn’t think that that would be a hard thing to do, but it is. Why? For one thing, not all programming books are written by programmers.” – The book’s Foreword

  • Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual by John Sonmez

“SummarySoft Skills: The software developer’s life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important “soft” topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint.” – Amazon Summary

  • Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture by Jon Stokes

Inside the Machine, from the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica website, explains how microprocessors operate—what they do and how they do it. The book uses analogies, full-color diagrams, and clear language to convey the ideas that form the basis of modern computing.” – Amazon Summary.

  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides

“The authors begin by describing what patterns are and how they can help you design object-oriented software. They then systematically name, explain, evaluate, and catalog recurring designs in object-oriented systems. With Design Patterns as your guide, you will learn how these important patterns fit into the software development process, and how you can leverage them to solve your design problems most efficiently.” – Amazon Summary

  • Think like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving by V. Anton Spraul

“The real challenge of programming isn’t learning a language’s syntax—it’s learning to solve problems so you can build something great creatively. In this one-of-a-kind text, author V. Anton Spraul breaks down how programmers solve problems and teaches you what other introductory books often ignore: how to Think Like a Programmer. ” – Amazon Summary

  • Code Simplicity: The Fundamentals of Software – Max Kanat-Alexander

“Good software development results in simple code. Unfortunately, much of the code existing in the world today is far too complex. This concise guide helps you understand the fundamentals of good software development through universal laws–principles you can apply to any programming language or project from here to eternity.” – Amazon Summary

  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship – Robert C. Martin

“Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Noted software expert Robert C. Martin, presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin, who has helped bring agile principles from a practitioner’s point of view to tens of thousands of programmers, has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly” into a book that will instill within you the values of software craftsman, and make you a better programmer―but only if you work at it.” – Amazon Summary

  • Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction – Steve McConnell

“Widely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell’s original code complete has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade. Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices—and hundreds of new code samples—illustrating the art and science of software construction. Capturing the body of knowledge available from research, academia, and everyday commercial practice, McConnell synthesizes the most effective techniques and must-know principles into clear, pragmatic guidance. No matter what your experience level, development environment, or project size, this book will inform and stimulate your thinking—and help you build the highest quality code.” – Amazon Summary

We know books aren’t always the best tool to learn since we live in a fast paced time. Sometimes we like listening to podcasts while driving or working because it’s easier. Sometimes we like to go for a quick rundown of the latest news instead of reading a technical book. This is why we want to diversify the content. Stay tuned for more!

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