25 Programming Books for the Aspiring Developer

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Regardless of whether you’re figuring out how to code on the web, at a boot camp, or face to face, there’s one advantageous asset that we prescribe to go with your learning: books. However, with such huge numbers of programming books to browse (a Google book raises more than 12 million related outcomes) how would you know which ones to pick?

We chose to do some publicly supporting and asked our magnificent network across several social media platforms: If one was customizing book you had prescribed, what might it be? We got heaps of extraordinary reactions and in the wake of dealing with them pulled together the best 25 (recorded in no specific request).

General Programming

  1. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship by Robert C. Martin
  2. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by Steve McConnell
  3. Think Like a Programmer: An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving by V. Anton Spraul
  4. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware & Software by Charles Petzold
  5. Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming by Peter Seibel
  6. Beginning Programming All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies by Wallace Wang
  7. Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions & Solutions by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
  8. Head first book series (Java, Python, Design Patterns, JavaScript, C#, WordPress, Rails)


  1. HTML and CSS: Design & Build Websites by Jon Duckett
  2. Head First HTML and CSS: A Learner’s Guide to Creating Standards-Based Web Pages by Elisabeth Robson

JavaScript & jQuery

  1. You Don’t Know JS: Up & Going by Kyle Simpson
  2. Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming by Marjin Haverbeke
  3. Head First JavaScript Programming: A Brain-Friendly Guide by Eric T. Freeman
  4. JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development by Jon Duckett
  5. Professional JavaScript for Web Developers by Nicholas C. Zakas
  6. Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig
  7. JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
  8. jQuery Pocket Reference by David Flanagan


19. Learn Python 3 The Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code by Zed A. Shaw

20.Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming by Eric Matthew

21 Automate The Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners by Al Sweigart



  1. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andrew Hunt
  2. iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide by Christian Keur
  3. Java How to Program, Early Objects by Paul J. Deitel
  4. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

This is definitely not an exhaustive list, so we’d love to hear from you. What programming books would you add to the list?