I’ve scoured the internet and here are some of the top rated books all successful programmers recommend. Here they are and why you should read them!
Clean Code by Robert Cecil Martin- Considered to be one of the greatest books ever written on coding, Clean Code was written over a decade ago but still has up to date examples. It is credited with creating radical changes in their philosophy of coding. It provides coders with tips on how to improve their code, their logical thinking and most importantly the value of having clean code and how to achieve it.
The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas- Written over 20 years ago, The pragmatic Programmer is one of the best books ever written on computer programming and software engineering. Its USP is that other than how to program, it introduces concepts on things you should remember and know before you even write your first line of code. Written in an easy to follow style, this book is must read for all coders.
The Mythical Man Month by Fred Brooks- This book is a collection of essays written by the author, keeping in mind his learnings as a project manager with IBM computer systems. The book, originally written in 1975 was updated with newer ideas, examples and thoughts in 1995. Brooks takes it upon himself to deconstruct established myths in the world of programming. The beauty of the book is that you don’t need to be a software engineer to understand and appreciate it- though they will enjoy it more for its historical anecdotes.
Programming Pearls by Jon Bentley- Considered an industry classic, Programming Pearls offers solutions pearls of wisdom for problems that have nagged coders for years. The book has witty cracks, is easy to understand highlights and filled with relatable examples. Updated in 2001, the book looks into current programming practices and how to target new age problems.
Code Complete- A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve McConnell- Considered one of the best practical guides to Programming, Code Complete was originally published in 1993. It is an extremely well researched guide- with knowledge collected from academia as well as comfirst jobmercial sources. It provides programmers- beginners or advanced with tips and techniques to make sure your codes are of the highest quality.
No Bugs! Delivering Error-free Code in C and C++ by David Thielen- Written in 1992, this book is every bit (byte) as useful today, as it was when it was first written. It is uniquely targeted at a problem, rather than a select audience. This book is for programmers, tests, developers and managers alike. The versatility of this book is that even if you don’t code in C or on a PC, you’ll find it valuable.