Best Programming Books You Must Read in 2022

Best Programming Books You Must Read in 2022

1. The Self-Taught Programmer.

Most of the best programmers are self-taught.

If you are a college student who passed out and just secured a job as a programmer, I bet you will face things that you never learned and implemented at college. That’s the point when you enter the real programming world. And, your college degree is just the entry pass.

That’s why I always recommend stop wasting time learning theoretical things and start working Program in Python 3 and building your first program.

  1. Learning object-oriented programming and create a powerful program to get you hooked.
  2. Using tools like Git, Bash, regular expressions, and databases. Then, building a web scrapper using your new skills.
  3. Learning computer science fundamentals including computer architecture, data structures, algorithms, and network programming.
  4. Program for production: Covering the main software development processes, testing, and best coding practices.
  5. Finishing with tips for working with teams and landing your first programming job and transforming you into a professional.

2. The Pragmatic Programmer.

You’ve heard there are no silver bullets. Most of the time, this old saw is right… but not always. The Pragmatic Programmer shows you where you can find the silver buckshot that really does exist: in the syllable “prog,” in fact. 

Packed with dozens of time-saving tricks and practical tactics, The Pragmatic Programmer is a hands-on guide to building better software, and it’s effective regardless of programming language.

In this book, you’ll learn how to take advantage of a host of opportunities that will stretch your abilities and enhance your reputation as a rising software specialist in the programming world. 

The Pragmatic Programmer believes there’s always a better way and introduces you to proven techniques for producing better designs, code, documentation, and tests.

The core tenets of this book are just as relevant now as they were 20 years ago. You’ll come to understand how imperative it is to get into the practice of continuous improvement, and the idea of feedback loops in development.

When I first read it in 2018, it literally made a major impact on the way I worked. This book was one of those books I read on software development, that opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about programming, namely through practices like test-driven development.

3. Make Your Own Neural Network.

This book will start you on a journey of discovery, and help you to build your own neural network that is capable of classifying handwritten digits. 

You will learn intermediate and advanced mathematics that is used in the field of machine learning. The book starts off at a gentle pace and gradually adds more and more complexity as it goes along, so there is something for everyone.

This book is for everyone interested in physics, mathematics, and programming. You don’t need any background in math or coding to enjoy it. And if you do have such a background, this book will still be a pleasant surprise: the ideas of neural networks are explained with elegant simplicity. 

A mathematician would call these ideas “toys” — simple mathematical models which capture the essentials of a complex reality in a way that can be understood by anyone. 

Neural networks in particular are a toy that is easy to play with using a computer, at different points in the book you will get your hands dirty and typeset your own neural network in Python.

Starting with a discussion of how a single neuron can be used to solve a problem, you will shortly see how multiple neurons can be linked together into a network that is capable of solving more complex problems. 

To do this, it builds a series of increasingly complex networks before at last creating one that is capable of learning from our input data. Along the way, you’ll learn about numbers and different ways to represent them as well as the basics of probability theory without being burdened by complex mathematics. 

You don’t have to have any special knowledge other than being familiar with basic secondary arithmetic — you don’t even have to know Python!

4. Managing Humans.

This book is for managers, engineers, founders, and even the occasional intern. It’s for people who aspire to lead others through code words or just their presence. 

Managing Humans is filled with stories culled from Lopp’s experience as a manager in Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 50 companies. 

This isn’t management theory; it’s the blood, sweat, befuddled serenity, terror, joy, headaches, successes, failures, flames, explosions, nights spent on the floor of his office trying to sort things out…all the emotions that come with building products and managing other people.

Written in Lopp’s signature style, an unapologetic mix of unflinchingly honest and darkly humorous prose, this collection of stories is at heart an examination of the highs, lows, pain points, fears, rivalries, triumphs, cock-ups, kindnesses, frustrations — and surprising joys — of the varied roles he’s played over two decades spent in the trenches of software development management. 

Each story is intended to illuminate a facet of one elemental truth: managing humans is hard — and always will be. 

Each tale contains an enduring lesson that imparts key principles of management — principles that are just as apt for making your way up the career ladder in a small startup as they are for reigning over a multinational corporate behemoth.

Though the price of the book may literally be high, it is worth buying if you want to learn about the corporate programming world and grow your career from just a team member to a team leader.

5. Clean Code

Do you want your code to be clean…very clean? Do you want your code to be well designed, easy to understand, and free of bugs? Do you want to be a software craftsman? 

In the first chapter, Robert C. Martin states how daunting it can be for a new programmer to jump into the world of programming and writing code. 

He gives a brief and detailed explanation of how and why development and programming are so difficult and messy. Throughout the course of the book, he mentions this over and over again — that we as developers can do better, we just need to work at it.

Mainly divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. 

Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code – of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. 

The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells” gathered while creating the case studies. 

The result is a knowledge base that describes the way you think when you write, read, and clean code. This book will help you to write code that is clear, easy to read, easy to maintain, and—most importantly—easy to change

6. The Clean Coder.

Being a good programmer isn’t about syntax, it’s about how you think. It’s about your approach to problems, systems, and solutions. 

It’s about whether you care about the craft of programming. It’s about whether you are clean or dirty. This book will equip you with the attitudes, knowledge, techniques, tools, and practices that make up “The Clean Coder.”

Whether you’re a new software developer or an experienced one, whether you’re new to the world of development, haven’t left it in years, or are thinking of changing careers, this book is for you. 

Though written with software developers in mind, its lessons apply to any technical craftsman who works long hours at a difficult job. 

Far beyond simple coding best practices, The Clean Coder is about principles, patterns, and disciplines that can make your work — and your life — richer and more rewarding in every way.

Based on nearly four decades of combined personal and professional experience, The Clean Coder offers valuable lessons (and laughs) for software developers at every level of experience. 

Martin’s approach to software development draws not only from traditional approaches, but also from the latest trends in education, sports training, psychology, art, music, and even “extreme programming.” 

Beginning with development basics such as source control management and static analysis tools, you’ll learn what it means to be a true software craftsman. 

He also explains the complex internal politics of software projects so you can manage office politics to protect your time and productivity. The Clean Coder will help you strengthen your skills by improving your attitude toward writing cleaner codes.

7. Coders at Work.

Seibel makes Coders at Work an engaging read with his direct questions about coding virtuosity. The intelligent reflections each programmer contributes in return make the coders in Coders at Work more accessible to members of the lay public, in whom they serve as inspiring role models…

This book offers glimpses into the lives of programmers who are pushing the envelope on what is possible in software. 

Seibel’s interviews are interesting not only because they are about how some of today’s most creative minds actually go about their work, but also because they shed new light on important aspects of programming itself.

It is the first book to offer an inside look at the professional lives of some of our industry’s most important programmers, revealing the roots of their creativity, the influences that started them on their careers, and the tricks of their trade. This book is about the craft of programming and its masters.

It’s a must-read for beginners especially school or college students or coding internees.


That’s it for my list of best programming books to read this year.

With the rapid change in the world, many of us are seeking answers on how to learn to code and how to improve coding skills. With that quest, there is no better way than reading some of the best programming books of the year.

Here is a final summary of my top picks:

  1. The Self-Taught Programmer.
  2. The Pragmatic Programmer.
  3. Make Your Own Neural Network.
  4. Managing Humans.
  5. Clean Code.
  6. The Clean Coder.
  7. Coders at Work.

So, which programming books you have read? Which one is your favorite? Are there other books that I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments.

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