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Top 7 Books for Programming Newbies

Posted  by Gosia Podzorska

You’re on a mission to demystify digitalisation, learn programming and become the next coding champion but you’re right at the beginning of the journey and you don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Check out our selection of the top 7 programming books for coding newbies.

Some would say, why read a book about programming instead of getting your hands dirty and actually attempting to write your own code? Well, the truth is the best way to learn to code is by practising, no question about it. However, reading books can fill the gaps, clear misconceptions, expand your horizons and smooth your way through the initial learning stages.

A great programming book can teach you logical mindset, best problem-solving tactics and at the same time develop a deeper understanding of algorithm design, especially when you’re just starting out not sure which coding path to choose.

What’s more relaxing than making a cuppa, getting onto a comfy sofa and reading a book? Everyone needs a screen break from time to time.

And if you absolutely can’t stand the paper form, you can always grab an ebook!

1. Coders at Work

Coders at Work is a perfect read for anyone curious about the day-to-day life of a programmer. It’s a collection of 15 compelling interviews with famous programming gurus that describe their coding journey, explaining how they reached the top. The book’s a vivid description of their work routine, how they learned to quickly spot a programming talent and which problems they found the most fascinating. Coders at Work could easily inspire any coding newbie, unveiling what makes the famous programmers tick and what glorious projects they actually worked on.

2. Don’t Make me Think

This practical read is primarily geared towards those that want to learn the ins and outs of web development. If you aspire to create cutting-edge mobile apps and want to build functional websites you should definitely grab ‘Don’t Make me Think’ as it’ll bombard you with useful tips that can be easily understood by techies and non-techies alike. It’s a perfect choice if you’re just venturing out on your coding adventure.

3. You Don’t Know JS (Up & Going)

JavaScript is the second most popular programming language in terms of use and ‘You Don’t Know JS’ will get you behind the scenes to teach you the core structure as well as the tricky parts so that you can easier grasp the bigger picture. You will learn everything from types, variables, conditionals to loops and JS functions. Once you master the basics, you should definitely grab other books from the series if you wish to become a JS mastermind.

Our mentor, Piotr Dobrowolski recommends the book to every coding novice, - "I would recommend this book to everyone, those that are just starting the coding adventure and are writing their first lines of code but also those more advanced in the subject. It really helps understand how to think when coding in JavaScript and shows the subtleties of the language. What’s important is that you can easily access the book series on the internet. Personally, for me, it definitely helped to fill the knowledge gaps while at the same time made me look at some issues from a different perspective."

4. The Pragmatic Programmer

Since being published ‘The Pragmatic Programmer’ has had lots of followers in the coding world and it has definitely stood the test of time. It’s a knowledge hub for up-and-coming software developers. It’s packed with useful tips, advice and interesting analogies that will definitely take your coding skills to another level. Perfect for new coders that wish to make sense of variables, algorithms, object and data structure before diving into learning any specific programming language. It’ll teach you the flexibility, adaptability and how to reuse your own code when at the same time avoiding common pitfalls.

5. Clean Code

When you’re just starting out learning how to program you might get a bit frustrated with your mentor that is preaching you about a well structured, clean code. However, once you delve into more complex issues you’d be grateful you’d listened in those first learning stages as clean code can make or break a huge project. You’ll deal with a myriads of problems on a day to day basis and in order to find quick solutions you need to get into the habit of writing a clean code, otherwise coding will turn into a massive headache and no one will be willing to even look at the messy algorithmic clutter you’ve created. Clean Code will teach you exactly what it says on the tin, it’ll give you pointers on how to write a better code. It’ll also present you with unnerving challenges - you’ll have to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong with a particular code, it’s not going to be a walk in the park!

6. Head First Programming

I remember when I stumbled upon this book at a time when I didn’t know much about programming. One of my flatmates rented it out from the library and on an odd evening, I was curious what it was all about. The book itself is such an easy read, it’ll crack you up, the author has a great sense of humour! It’s amazing for beginners as it’ll give you an overview of the core concepts like variables, loops, decisions and functions which are useful no matter what programming language you want to study first. ‘Head First Programming’ will clearly explain different concepts using examples and exercises based on Python. Once you’re done with the book, you’ll have a solid foundation on which you can further develop your coding knowledge. It’s informative and interesting, presenting you with lots of funny analogies to make sure the concepts really stick.

7. Code

Another book that is great for programming rookies. You can easily start reading it even if you still don’t know which programming language you want to master first. It’s a compelling read that will take you back in time, revealing the mysteries behind the outset of a digital era when computers came to life based on a simple binary numeral system. The book puts coding into context showing the importance of historical continuity when at the same time deciphering the mysteries of the ingenious machines.

Apparently, programmers don’t read. Do you want to defy statistics and stand out from the crowd? Revitalise your tired brain cells, grab a good book and learn how to develop a logical mindset. Once you’re ready and need to put your knowledge into practice check out the online coding bootcamps, they’ll teach you all the practical skills from day one. Arm yourself with tips and knowledge from recognised coding gurus getting a head start in the tech world. Programming is a much-desired skill on the market, get creative and start learning something new today!

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