Learning is a process – especially if you work in the tech industry where it evolves rapidly more than any other industry. New languages, new technologies, and new practices occur from time to time. When you’re a programmer, it helps to not be stagnant in what you already know, or you think you know.
Programmers take time to study and lend you their knowledge through creating books so that other programmers like you may be able to benefit from them. Of course, in the digital age there are thousands of videos online – either free and paid – that you can utilize. However, if your problem is information overload or getting easily distracted, then you might want to try reading programming books. While you’re at it, don’t forget to put them into practice.
Are you a new programmer who wants to widen your horizon in your chosen field? Here are the top 3 programming books you should be reading.
Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells” gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.
Introduction To Algorithms
Some books on algorithms are rigorous but incomplete; others cover masses of material but lack rigor. Introduction to Algorithms uniquely combines rigor and comprehensiveness. The book covers a broad range of algorithms in depth, yet makes their design and analysis accessible to all levels of readers. Each chapter is relatively self-contained and can be used as a unit of study. The algorithms are described in English and in a pseudocode designed to be readable by anyone who has done a little programming. The explanations have been kept elementary without sacrificing depth of coverage or mathematical rigor.
Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition
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.
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