It’s true, coding and developing is mostly done on computers. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something that can be gained by thumbing through an old-fashioned book. Whether you’re a new developer or a professional, finding the best programming books will put you at an advantage. The following are the best books for software developers of all levels. Reading them can help you keep your code neat, clean, and, most importantly, functioning.
Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design
The first book on this list is by rather famous “Uncle Bob.” Those who have looked into his series (either for a summary or perhaps through a free book a friend lent you) know that he is one of the best writers on the topic. This book covers the complicated idea of clean programming architecture in a simple way. The author’s mother tongue summary of what you need to do for keeping things clean is easy to understand even for the beginners who happen to read it.
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software and Craftsmanship
This is the second of Uncle Bob’s programming books. In this one, you can expect to learn the difference between code that is functional and the one that is clean being functional as well. In the software developing world, you’ll be expected to turn out products that don’t just work but are neat. After all, the code you write will need to make sense to people who have to come along after you to change things or upgrade what you’ve written. This book will show you how to do that.
The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers
This is the last of Uncle Bob’s programming books. If there is any book on this list that is a must-have, it is this one. Here, Uncle Bob takes the mystique out of being a software developer or a programmer, explaining in details what will be expected of you and how to understand whether you should pursue this career path at all. This is a great “programmer’s 101” kind of a book, and something every coder should have tucked away on their bookshelf.
Working Effectively With Legacy Code
It’s a pain, but, for those who want to work in the developing field, it’s something that you will simply have to work with: Legacy code. Working with a code that someone else has written needs one’s attention to all the nuances. A person should be skillful too, particularly if you’re making the jump from hobby to career. This book can teach you the proper way to go about working with it. Learn the most effective ways to alter or work around it. You can also find there the question of what you should avoid doing at all costs.
The Algorithm Design Manual
Algorithms are the future of the coding world. Especially if you want to work for a large company, such as Amazon or Google, you should know how they work and how they are designed. But even if you’re hoping to work for a mid-tier software or web development business, being knowledgeable about algorithms can really make you stand out among other experienced coders. This book explains all you need to know to build a sturdy foundation for your code.
Books are still one of the best learning resources available even for a tech-centric topic such as programming. No matter if you’re a novice or an expert, whether you’re coding in your living room \ or you’ve got your own office in a Fortune 500 company, the books on this list should find their way to your nearest bookshelf as the knowledge they have is indispensable.