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If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book at the beginning of your career as a developer, which book would it be?

I expect this list to be varied and to cover a wide range of things.

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inquestion:this "Code Complete"


Browsing this thread make me realize how ugly most programming related books are. Very good thread though!

2018年08月15日49分43秒

Interesting this is, while the title reads "What is the single most influential book every programmer should read?", there are quite a few books suggested that deal with language specific topics. By definition, and by question as it was put, the books suggested here should deal with language agnostic topics, which proves most programmers have yet to learn how to read.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

If I could go back in time and tell myself to read something, it better be a newspaper or sports fact book that I carried with me. Anything else is a waste of good time travel. :-)

2018年08月14日49分43秒

You know, if I wasn't worried about getting down voted a WHOLE lot I would trollishly go and suggest Twilight. "Its ALSO about people who are pale and avoid the sun!"

2018年08月14日49分43秒

Can someone cleanup answers by deleting repeated entries on books? Most of them area already down voted.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

Code Complete is a nice book if you are in college maybe. If you have at least 1 year of programming experience, it is a total bore.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

Code Complete has a lot of useful information in it but it's buried in hyperbole, waffle, and repetition, which makes it a hard read.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

I read Code Complete 3 years into my career. I hadn't taken a software engineering course nor a programming language constructs course but had taken some intro CS courses. It is by far the best single book I've ever read for becoming a better programmer. It won't make you a specialist but it will make you much more than a tinkerer.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

The problem with this book is that for a beginner, it doesn't really make sense as the concepts are a little advanced. By the time you are ready to be able to read it, you should already know and practice 99% of the concepts in the book.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

That's the deal with common sense suggestions, like those found in this book. Every so often you need to be reminded of them to fall back in line.

2018年08月15日49分43秒

Also check out The Systems Bible by the same author (John Gall). It's the third edition of Systemantics, he just changed the title. This is the book you'd steal from school. It's the book that grown adults read under a blanket with a flashlight.

2018年08月15日49分43秒

+1 for "Hacker's Delight" by Henry S. Warren Jr - it's not about hacking in the popular sense but hacking as in low level bit twiddling and other "hacks" in the true and original sense of the word. Not for everyone, but if you are involved in code optimisation, compilers, etc, or are just a general nerd who is interested in low level stuff then this is a great book.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

Brillant, the book cover shows "La Sagrada Família", a large Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. To be completed in 2026 (only 17yrs left). Like most programs, even with the best books, they never finished ...

2018年08月14日49分43秒

-1 Duplicate of stackoverflow.com/questions/1711/…

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This book needs to be rewritten from scratch. The subject is very interesting but the book is quite insane.

2018年08月15日49分43秒

Chris, I've hard time to understand your comment... Can you explain more? Why 'insane'?

2018年08月14日49分43秒

Firstly it's full of typographical errors. The usually top-notch editorial hand of Addison Wesley is strangely absent in this volume.

2018年08月15日49分43秒

... continuing, and not enough space here, but: 2. it's never clear in the text where the author switches between fact and opinion, anecdote and fundamental principle etc. 3. software craftsmanship is a metaphor and a strategy for dealing with several difficult aspects of software development. It has specific advantages over alternatives and presumably disadvantages. I believe that's the sane approach. It's meaningless to say that software is inherently a craft. Very annoying read, but to be fair it was a while ago and many specifics I've forgotten. My disgust remains, however.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

That's one heck of a good answer!

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I think this book is quite repetitive. I recommend reading the first 1/4.

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I think starting new programmers with Python would reduce the amount of ugly code in the world. I work with someone who randomly indents lines - that person wouldn't do that if they had worked with Python for a few months.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

I think starting new programmers with Python would reduce the amount of other languages.

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Are those covers a coincidence?

2018年08月14日49分43秒

this is a duplicate.

2018年08月15日49分43秒

I had high hopes for this book, but it doesn't do it for me. I think it stating the obvious. It's probably good for those new to programming.

2018年08月14日49分43秒

I totally agree. Deitel's approach in learning a programming language is amazing. I consider Java How to Program as my programming bible!

2018年08月15日49分43秒

A unique contribution, and you took the time to clearly explain why it was worth reading. +1 for originality and effort! I shall look forward to reading this soon...

2018年08月15日49分43秒

Good. I do not think you will be disappointed.

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+1 for the accurate one line review

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