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A Gallery of Useful Programming Books

, 19 Jul 2014
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A list of useful programming books, some general, some platform- or language-specific

Editorial Note

This article is in the Book Review chapter. Reviews are intended to provide you with information on books - both paid and free - that others consider useful and of value to developers. Read a good programming book? Write a review!

I own dozens and have read dozens more of what my wife calls "those stupid books" (programming books) over the last 20 years. Just when it comes to books covering various aspects of my first (programming) love alone (Borland/Inprise/CodeGear/Embarcadero (etc.?) Delphi), I have upwards of a dozen, dating from the mid-1990s to the mid-200s. One of the best was "Delphi Component Design" by Danny Thorpe, and I even wrote one myself, but I have "moved on" from Delphi and will not list any of those here, as I consider Delphi sort of a lost cause and have embraced the "Microsoft stack" (for the most part - you'll see some Android books in the list, too) which seems to be getting better and better all the time.

Click on the book's image to go to its Amazon page, where you can read reviews by several people; that way you don't get just my opinion. Obviously, in each case I recommend the book, provided you are working in -- or at least interested in -- the category (the first category applies to all programmers, of course).

General (Globally applicable concepts/Best Practices, Etc.)

Code Complete 2 by Steve McConnell

The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas

The Psychology of Computer Programming by Gerald Weinberg

ANALYSIS & DESIGN

Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design by Brett D. McLaughlin, Gary Pollice, and Dave West

DELPHI

Coding in Delphi by Nick Hodges

Delphi XE2 Foundations by Chris Rolliston

Delphi in a Nutshell by Ray Lischner

The Tomes of Delphi: Developer's Guide to Troubleshooting by B. Clay Shannon

JavaScript/jQuery

JavaScript & jQuery: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

Murach's JavaScript and jQuery by Zak Ruvalcaba and Mike Murach

HTML

HTML5 24-Hour Trainer by Joseph W. Lowery and Mark Fletcher

CSS

CSS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

ANDROID

Beginning Android Tablet Application Development by Wei-Meng Lee

Programming Android by Zigurd Mednieks, Laird Dornin, G. Blake Meike, and Masumi Nakamura

Android Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Dave Smith and Jeff Friesen

ASP.NET / WEB PAGES

Beginning ASP.NET Web Pages with WebMatrix by Mike Brind and Imar Spaanjaars

Building ASP.NET Web Pages with Microsoft WebMatrix by Steve Lydford

C#

C# 5.0 In a Nutshell: The Definitive Reference by Joseph Albahari & Ben Albahari

C# in Depth by Jon Skeet

WINDOWS 8 DEVELOPMENT

Windows 8 Apps with XAML and C# Unleashed by Adam Nathan

Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Kraig Brockschmidt

CONCLUSION & CAVEAT

These are my favorite programming books (so far); I have many others on my amazon "wish list," of which some may eventually make it to this list. Among those on my "short list" are:

  • Pro ASP.NET Web API: HTTP Web Services in ASP.NET by Tugberk Ugurlu
  • Mastering Web Application Development with AngularJS by Pawel Kozlowski
  • Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C# by Micah Martin
  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship by Robert C. Martin

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B. Clay Shannon
Publisher "Found in the Translation"
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I am the entire team at "Found in the Translation," which produces multilingual books (paperback and Kindle versions) such as "Don Quixote: In Spanish and English, Paragraph-by-Paragraph" among many others (English paired with not only Spanish, but also French and even Finnish). You can see all those books here: http://jsfiddle.net/clayshannon/pRgQL/75/
 
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SuggestionDo we need another list? PinprotectorDaveAuld1-Nov-13 6:37 
GeneralRe: Do we need another list? PinprofessionalB. Clay Shannon1-Nov-13 8:57 
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