4 Essential Books for Programmers

Are you a programmer or have you just started your career path of becoming a Software Developer? Then this article covers 4 essential books for any Programmers to get started.

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1. Clean Code — A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Amazon book link: https://amzn.to/3TBjyuo

Clean Code — Even bad code can function. But where writing just a few lines of code is fairly easy, it requires true craftsmanship to write clean code. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the Clean Code book you will get a solid understanding of what it means to write clean code with both textual and code examples. If you’re to choose one book from this list then this is without doubt the most important one. If you do a quick search you will find that the book appears on almost all lists of recommended programmer books.

2. Introduction to Algorithms

Amazon book link: https://amzn.to/3DqHX03

When entering the field of programming you will quickly find that some code or examples of code is based around mathematical principles and algorithms. It’s therefore essential for any aspiring developer to have a solid understanding of Algorithms, how to design these yourself but also how to read algorithms written by others along with the performance aspects of choosing one design over another.

3. The Clean Coder

Amazon book link: https://amzn.to/3FefGLv

This is another book writen by Robert C. Martin the author of Clean Code, the first book on this list. But where the Clean Code focuses on the technical craftsmanship of writing clean code, this book focuses on the disciplines of being a programmer(Clean Coder) as a profession. This book is packed with practical advice about everything from estimating and coding to refactoring and testing.

4. Head First Design Patterns

Amazon book link: https://amzn.to/3FaZ2MM

Head First Design Patterns is a must read for any programmer who is on the path to become a experienced developer. This is without doubt one of the best headfirst books. It’s best for programmers having 2 to 3 years of experience because it teaches you about patterns, how to apply those patterns to write better code.

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