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10 Best Programming and Coding Books for Beginners and Experienced Software Developers

My favorite programming, software development, and coding book every beginner and experienced Software developer should read

10 Must-Read Books for Programmers and Software Engineers

These are some of the best books for experienced programmers and software engineers. You can read these books to fill the gaps in your understanding of the useful skills and can also pick a few essential skills to grow in your career.

1. Zero Bugs and Program Faster

No matter how experienced you are, if you are a programmer, then your coding skill is your introduction. A guy good at coding is a precious asset as I found they quickly whip up some SQL to reconcile things, write some scripts to automate stuff, and understand the complex problem in a quick time.

This is the reason I ask every programmer to focus on coding extensively in the first few years of their career. That’s where the base is built, but it’s a long journey, and you need to keep on working.

2. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master (2nd Edition)

This is another excellent book for both beginners and experienced programmers by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. The pragmatic programmer helps you to build highly maintainable code with best practices.

3. Clean Code By Uncle Bob

If a programmer with 1 year of experience asks me to recommend 10 books to learn useful programming techniques, I’ll recommend the Clean code book10 times to him, Yes, it is that good. I wish I had discovered this book when I had started my career.

Though you can read this book at any phase of your job and it will benefit you, it will make a huge impact when you learn it when you starting with professional programming.

Reading this book is the first right step in becoming a good coder in any programming language. Still, it's even more useful for Java programmers, given all examples are written in Java.

4. Head First Design Pattern

This is one of the best headfirst books I have read ever. It’s best for programmers having 2 to 3 years of experience because it teaches you about patterns, how to apply those patter to write better code and in a fun way.

5. The Clean Coder

I have seen guys who are excellent coders but haven’t be recognized or promoted with a guy who is an average coder but an excellent communicator. Some people are good at coding but often doesn’t able to articulate what they are doing.

Hence, they either were silent and spoke less when it matters, like on meetings, conference calls, or during production troubleshooting unless they are asked. This book aims to bridge that gap by teaching you the essential soft skills for programmers.

I tell all my friends and readers to put as much effort into soft skills as they do in coding or learning new technology. Remember, technology gets old in a couple of the year, but soft skills will help you throughout your career.

6. Working Effectively with Legacy Code

This is a truly great book by Michael C. Feathers and another must-read for experienced programmers. One of the challenges many programmers face is maintaining the legacy code, the code which is life in production, and nobody knows how it works.

The last programmer who was part of the original development team has left the organization even before you join, and now you have to maintain future enhancements and releases.

7. Agile Software Development By Robert C. Martin

The great Robert C. Martin is also known as Uncle Bob, has written many good books in programming and software development, and this is another gem of it.

8. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

This is another technical book related to coding, which I highly recommend to 3 to 4 years experienced programmers.

9. Object-oriented analysis and design by Grady Booch

One more thing an experienced programmer should be good at is object-oriented analysis and design. A good plan is essential for robust and maintainable software.

10. The Effective Engineer

I have always said that an experienced programmer should pose all-rounder skills. He needs to be good not just at coding but also at gathering requirements, communicating with peers and stakeholders, creating and following the process, and doing all non-technical things which matter. This is why I am suggesting you read this book.

This is an experienced, driven book, where the author explains that why working 70 to 80 hours a week doesn’t make sense and how you can achieve the same impact on how he develops the mindset to become more productive and taking control of your career.

Btw, if you aim to become a solution architect then I also suggest you go through this awesome course — How to become an Outstanding Solution Architect on Udemy. It’s a great course to learn all the hard and soft skills you need to take your software architecture skills to the next level.



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