📚 These Great Books Will Help You Kick Start Your Career !
1. General Coding Books
Before you start coding you need to pick a programming language to learn first. Below are suggested books to get started learning programming, anyone will get you started on the right foot. These programming languages were chosen based off of what programming languages companies are looking for (job market), income and long term prospects of that programming language. I would choose just one language and learn the basics of programming before trying to learn others. That’s why I will count this only as one book, although I am suggesting two different books.
i. Python Programming
Python is considered an easy high level language to learn. Considering it’s one of the fastest growing programming languages and a programming language many companies and computer science departments use, it is definitely a language you want to get familiar with. Get a comprehensive, in-depth introduction to the core Python language with this hands-on book. Based on author Mark Lutz’s popular training course, this updated fifth edition will help you quickly write efficient, high-quality code with Python. It’s an ideal way to begin, whether you’re new to programming or a professional developer versed in other languages.
Complete with quizzes, exercises, and helpful illustrations, this easy-to-follow, self-paced tutorial gets you started with both Python 2.7 and 3.3 — the latest releases in the 3.X and 2.X lines — plus all other releases in common use today. You’ll also learn some advanced language features that recently have become more common in Python code.
- Explore Python’s major built-in object types such as numbers, lists, and dictionaries
- Create and process objects with Python statements, and learn Python’s general syntax model
- Use functions to avoid code redundancy and package code for reuse
- Organize statements, functions, and other tools into larger components with modules
- Dive into classes: Python’s object-oriented programming tool for structuring code
- Write large programs with Python’s exception-handling model and development tools
- Learn advanced Python tools, including decorators, descriptors, metaclasses, and Unicode processing
ii. C Programming Language
Learn about the C Programming Language by reading the book “C Programming Language”. Many other languages are either built off of or based on the C-Programming language which makes it a good programming to start learning, languages like C++ and Objective which are still highly sought after skills. This book goes into topics like data structures, arrays, statement blocks, recursion, loops, arithmetic operations, type conversions, bitwise operators, and pointers. The list goes on.
- A Tutorial Introduction
- Types Operations & Expressions
- Control Flow
- Functions & Data Structures
- Pointers & Arrays
2. Cracking The Coding Interview
A great book to prepare you for coding/programming interviews is called Cracking The Coding Interview. It will help you familiarize yourself with sorting algorithms and problem solving, so be sure to check it out !
3. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship 1st Edition
Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Readers will come away from this book understanding
- How to tell the difference between good and bad code
- How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code
- How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes
- How to format code for maximum readability
- How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic
- How to unit test and practice test-driven development
This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.
4. The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development (Pragmatic Life)
The book The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development (Pragmatic Life) is about the success in today’s IT environment requires you to view your career as a business endeavor. In this book, you’ll learn how to become an entrepreneur, driving your career in the direction of your choosing. You’ll learn how to build your software development career step by step, following the same path that you would follow if you were building, marketing, and selling a product. After all, your skills themselves are a product.
The choices you make about which technologies to focus on and which business domains to master have at least as much impact on your success as your technical knowledge itself — don’t let those choices be accidental. We’ll walk through all aspects of the decision-making process, so you can ensure that you’re investing your time and energy in the right areas.
You’ll develop a structured plan for keeping your mind engaged and your skills fresh. You’ll learn how to assess your skills in terms of where they fit on the value chain, driving you away from commodity skills and toward those that are in high demand. Through a mix of high-level, thought-provoking essays and tactical “Act on It” sections, you will come away with concrete plans you can put into action immediately. You’ll also get a chance to read the perspectives of several highly successful members of our industry from a variety of career paths.
As with any product or service, if nobody knows what you’re selling, nobody will buy. We’ll walk through the often-neglected world of marketing, and you’ll create a plan to market yourself both inside your company and to the industry in general.
Above all, you’ll see how you can set the direction of your career, leading to a more fulfilling and remarkable professional life.
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