This is a preview of my original post cross-posted from my blog you can find the full list here: Best Books for Programmers in 2020
There are many books out there for programmers and no one can read every book out there. There are many more articles about programming books written too, but it is hard to find a good filtered list with books for programmers. In this article, I wanted to make a list that will help everyone to find particular books about programming topics that they are interested in to read. I selected this particular list of books not just to improve your coding skills and make you a better programmer, but would also help you to grow as a person in every way.
I have sorted the list by the types of books that I think are the most important. In this list about best books for programmers, you will find books that are foundational to topics in computer science that will introduce you to the major programming concepts, will improve the way you think and your problem-solving ability. You will also find books that will help you write clean code and structure your code greatly. On the list, you will find books that will help you to advance your career as a programmer. And lastly, you will find books that will help you to grow as a person and to achieve the goals you want to achieve in your life. Many of the books listed are also used as textbooks in many computer science and software engineering universities around the world.
These programming books are about foundations in programming, some of them are mainly used in universities are textbooks. For people that are coming from other fields into software development, they are highly recommended.
Introduction to Computing: Explorations in Language, Logic, and Machines
This is a programming book that will introduce you to many concepts in software development and computer science. For the examples, this book uses the Scheme programming language, a functional programming language that is a dialect of Lisp programming language. This book is used in many universities such as MIT as a textbook. If you have a hard time using functional programming you can check the next book.
Explorations in Computing: An Introduction to Computer Science and Python Programming
This book is a great alternative to the Introduction to Computing, as it uses the Python programming language. If you are not with a computer science background, this book is one of the great books to get started. Same as the first one it is used in many universities as a textbook to introduce you to the coding concepts. If you are an absolute beginner this book is highly recommended.
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition
If you have solid foundational in programming you should read this book because this book is a bit challenging, it deals with functional programming and especially if you are coming from other paradigms. This book was written for the introductory programming course at MIT. This book also has great examples that are worth solving, which on the end will make you a much better programmer in the way how you approach and solve problems.
Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
This is the most iconic book about the design patterns, it is also well known for its popular name: The Gang of Four. With this book, you will become familiar with the most common design patterns that you will ever use. I consider this book a must-read for every programmer, but as it can be a bit hard for beginners. In the end, this book will make you a much better programmer.
Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guides
If you are a beginner and you find the previous book about design patterns a bit hard, this book is for you. With this book, you will much easier understand the design patterns and then go back to the classic one to improve the understanding. Or if you have read just the classic one, this book is still great to renew the understanding.
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
I highly recommend this book, because this programming book is one of the best you will ever read and will completely change the way you write code. Clean Code deals with some of the concepts like naming, functions, formatting, comments, error handling but on a higher level. This is the book that every programmer must have it.
The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4A
With its four volumes, The Art of Computer Programming is one of the greatest books about Computer Science ever written. This book is state-of-the-art as Bill Gates once said, “If you think you’re a really good programmer… read Art of Computer Programming… You should definitely send me a resume if you can read the whole thing.” I still have not read this book but it is high on my priority list.
You can find the full list here: Best Books for Programmers in 2020