6 Must-Read Books on Computer Programming

Whether you’re an absolute greenhorn or an experienced veteran, there’s always more to learn when it comes to computer programming. There are new languages to learn, new concepts to master, and new challenges to overcome. Here are six tried and true resources to help you sharpen your computer science skills, regardless of whether you’re a novice or a pro!

 

INTRODUCTORY

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites 1st Edition

A company’s website is practically its lifeblood. This book will help you learn the core coding languages, namely HTML & CSS. Fortunately for you, this edition provides a highly intuitive explanation of how to learn and implement these languages. You’ll be creating websites like a whiz in no time.

 

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Don’t think of this book as a technical manual for any prominent programming languages. Instead, turn to it for some invaluable insight into how indispensable code is to our everyday lives.  Taking a step back, Code lets readers (and programmers) see just how essential these modern languages are to human progress.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE

The Elements of Java(TM) Style

This book unearths the reality that not all code is written as it should be. Java is a pretty complex coding language and while there are many ways to get away with writing Java, they aren’t all correct. Just as William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White clarified the tenets of proper grammar in The Elements of Style, Vermeulen et al. lay out the core conventions of Java.

 

Programming Pearls (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

This renowned resource has truly stood the test of time. Offering vital insights to programmers for more than a decade, this newly revised edition of Programming Pearls is as comprehensive as ever. In a modernized collection of eternal programming truths, there’s no doubt that this book will serve as a crucial tool in all of your programming endeavors.

 

 

ADVANCED

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master 1st Edition

The title of this book might suggest that it would be more useful to novice or intermediate programmers, but it’s very useful for even the advanced coder. Sometimes when you’ve been coding for a long time, it becomes easy to set yourself on autopilot. If that’s the case for you, this book will provide you with a fresh perspective on everything from power editing to prototyping!

 

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty

Geek Sublime is unlike anything else you might find by searching for programming books. This unique exploration is crafted by career novelist Vikram Chandra, and it will provide readers with a level of truly comprehensive insight. The book weaves a non-fiction tale that examines technical, cultural, political, and historical significances and consequences of a world undeniably bound to programming. Ultimately, he begs the question: Is programming an art form, or merely a tool to achieve set tasks?

 

 

From elementary introductions to the most widely used programming languages to the most abstract inspections of what programming means to our society, these texts will imbue the minds of readers with knowledge, no matter the stage of their personal coding endeavors. Tell us which one you plan to read first!