How To Become A Developer (4 Part Series)
There are hundreds of great books and courses out there! Here are a few recommendations from me and my peers. You do not have to read these in order! Pick and choose the ones that fit your needs.
NOTE: I'll try to keep this up to date as I learn of more great resources. Consider it a living list.
All books and courses cost money, unless otherwise indicated.
These books give you insight into how the software development industry actually works.
"Dreaming In Code" by Scott Rosenberg <-- Offers an excellent look at the nature of real-life projects through the story of one fated software project. Every programmer should read this!
"The Cathedral and the Bazaar" by Eric S. Raymond <-- The watershed essay that defined the entire Open Source movement, along with many other insightful essays about open source software development. [Free to read online.]
"Turing's Cathedral" by George Dyson <-- A fantastic journey through the origins of computer science.
"Computational Fairy Tales" by Jeremy Kubrica <-- a whimsical and memorable look at data structures, algorithms, and the concepts behind algorithmic efficiency. Also a TON of fun! [Free to read online]
"Game Programming Patterns" by Robert Nystrom <-- A hilarious and insightful must-read for any language. [Free to read online.]
"Think Like A Programmer" by V. Anton Spraul <-- Uses C++, but good for any language!
"Hacker's Delight" by Hank Warren <-- Especially for the math nuts. Contains many nerdfully delightful algorithms written in machine code. Surprisingly, this is actually a great "deep dive" style entry into machine-level programming.)
"C++ Primer" by Stanley B. Lippman <-- I haven't personally read this, but many C++ devs highly recommend it. DO NOT GET PRIMER PLUS...that's a different book, and not a trustworthy one.
"Learn C The Hard Way" by Zed Shaw <-- Great once you've learned at least one other language.
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