20 Books Java Programmer Should read in 2019

Mar 15, 2018 · 10 min read
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Hello guys, today, I am going to share some of the best Java books from the last a couple of years that you can read in 2019 to learn Java and related technology better.

The list includes books to learn , , , , , , , , Scrum, microservices, algorithms, and other important stuff for Java developers. You don’t need to read all of the books — this list will give you some ideas about interesting books on the things you want to learn — but if you are a nerd like me and have some time to read books, particularly during a commute, then this is quite an interesting list to follow.

Here is my list of 20 books I read in last a couple of years, and you can very well read them in 2019, too. should be the first one you read in 2019, but if you do get free time, you can use this list to pick up a book or two.

1. Java 8 in Action

from 2016. I have been reading this regularly throughout 2017 while learning JDK 8 features. If you haven’t read it yet or have yet to start with JDK 8, 2019 is a good time to read this book. If you need tutorials on Java 8, you can also check out the list of my favorite Java 8 tutorials .

The book will teach you all the modern way to code in Java like lambdas, Stream, functional programming as well as reactive programming. Though, if you prefer online courses than books, I suggest you take a look at course on Udemy, which was recently updated for Java 11.

2. Clean Architecture

I discovered in 2017. I am a big fan of Uncle Bob’s writing, having read and already. These books talk more about getting your architecture right. It’s a one-of-a-kind book, and if you want to learn the pros and cons of different software architecture, this is the book to read.

3. Grokking Algorithms

I read in 2017 and probably the best book of 2017. Even though it’s very short in terms of its coverage of algorithms and data structures, what is covered is very entertaining and useful.

It gives new life to old concepts by correlating with modern day examples, like how Facebook might store its users.

Btw, if your goal is to learn Data Structures and Algorithms then I also suggest you join a comprehensive online course like on Udemy

In short, it’s one of the must-read books for beginners who want to learn algorithms in 2019. And if you need more suggestions, check out my list of .

4. Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems

Everyone is talking about microservices, but what are they? What is the main benefit of microservices architectures over monolithic ones? . I have to yet to finish the book, so I am going to read it in 2019as well.

5. Soft Skills

One thing many programmers ignore is , like email writing, focusing on career growth, and improving themselves. This is a great book from John Sonmez and if you feel that you are stuck in your career or want to give it a boost in 2019, this is the book you should read.

6. Database Design for Mere Mortals

on database design out there, I love to find a good, old book that is still relevant. If you are interested in learning database design or want to improve your database modeling, this provides a good starting point. If you need more recommendations, please see my full list of database design books .

And if you want to combine your learning with an online course, you can also join by Jose Portilla.

7. Making Java Groovy

In 2017, I got a chance to work with Groovy a little bit, and to learn it. If you decide to learn Groovy in 2019, this book provides a good foundation from a Java programmer’s perspective. It gives you just enough information to bring you up to speed without giving you unnecessary details that you might not understand at the start.

8. Groovy in Action, Second Edition

I read on Groovy in 2017. Even though Making Java Groovy is good to start with, it’s not comprehensive, and once you learn the basics of Groovy and write a couple of Groovy scripts, you need more detailed information. That’s where this book rocks. If you are learning Groovy in 2019, you can refer to this book.

9. TCP/IP Illustrated

This is I enjoyed least, but I still found it very useful. I have yet to finish with this one, but if you have to go deep into TCP/IP, this is the book to read.

10. UML Distilled

In 2017, I had to write a couple of UML diagrams, and to refresh my knowledge about UML. If you decide to learn UML in 2019, you can check out this book, too.

11. Hibernate Tips

from 2017 written by fellow blogger Thorben Janssen This book provides 70 practical tips for Hibernate. If you use Hibernate, then these tips are good to fill your knowledge gaps. and if you decide to learn Hibernate in 2019, you can use this book to give your knowledge a new dimension. Btw, if you like online courses, here is a list of some .

12. The Art of Agile Development

I have been using Agile for quite some time, but I still like to read books on Agile to refresh my knowledge and learn one or two new things. , and even regular users of Agile can learn a thing or two from this book.

If you like courses, you can check out these .

13. Essential Scrum

I played the role of Scrum Master in 2017, and to get myself ready for the role. Scrum works great with small, onshore team, but it gets tricky when you need to manage a big team remotely, scattered around the world.

This book provides all the tools and guidance you need to run Scrum meetings and how to become a Scrum Master. If you desire to become Scrum Master in 2019, this is the book you should read and if you like courses, you can check out these .

14. Java Performance Companion

I have read a couple of Java performance tuning books in the past, like The , so I wasn’t expecting much. My only goal was to learn about the G1 garbage collection, . If your focus is on Java performance tuning in 2019, this book is a good starting point.

15. High-Performance Java Persistence

that I finished in 2017. It’s another great book on Hibernate, focused on performance by @Vlad Mihalcea. If you are serious about improving your knowledge about Hibernate in 2019, I suggest you read both and this book.

In case you like, Vlad also has a couple of for experienced developers.

16. Functional Programming in Scala

I tried to get my hands dirty with Scala in 2017, but without much success. I read a book or two but didn’t do enough practice to really learn Scala. One reason for that was that I wasn’t using it on any of my projects, and there were more important things to focus on.

Anyway, if you decide to focus on functional programming and Scala in 2019, . I might read it again in 2019 if time permits.

17. Scala for the Impatient

that I looked at in 2017. I am a big of Cay S. Horstmann’s writing, having read his books like Core Java Part I and II and Java SE 8 for the Really Impatient.

This is a similar book that focuses on Scala. If you are learning Scala in 2019, this is the good book to start with, but if you like online courses you can also use these .

18. Head First JavaScript

I have said this before, but JavaScript is the #1 programming language now, and if you don’t know JavaScript, you are missing a lot. for web development jobs and for learning frameworks like Angular, React, and jQuery.

If you have yet to learn JavaScript, there is no better book than Head First JavaScript, but if you like courses you can also use these .

19. SQL CookBook

SQL is my favorite technology, and I am always looking for an interesting book on SQL. and I am very happy to share it with you all as well.

This is a very hands-on book on SQL that teaches you a lot of nice tips about using SQL in different databases.

Read this book in 2019 if you want to improve your SQL skills. You can also use these to further improve your SQL knowledge.

20. The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

Last but not least, . If you are serious about your career and want to take control of it in 2019, this is the book you should read. John Sonmez of explains a lot of practical stuff in this book and Soft skill which I shared earlier.

That’s all about the top 20 books you can read in 2019. I have read even more, but I am only listing these 20 for your reference. If you have any other interesting book of last a couple of years which could be in this list then feel free to suggest them in response, I’ll then add them into this list to create a real mega list of books for Java Programmers.

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