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Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Coding books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions (2015)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfI am not a recruiter. I am a software engineer. And as such, I know what it’s like to be asked to whip up brilliant algorithms on the spot and then write flawless code on a whiteboard. I’ve been through this as a candidate and as an interviewer. Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition is here to help you through this process, teaching you what you need to know and enabling you to perform at your very best. I’ve coached and interviewed hundreds of software engineers. The result is this book. Learn how to uncover the hints and hidden details in a question, discover how to break down a problem into manageable chunks, develop…
Author(s): Gayle Laakmann McDowell

2. The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally (2017)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfI am a self-taught programmer. After a year of self-study, I learned to program well enough to land a job as a software engineer II at eBay. Once I got there, I realized I was severely under-prepared. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to know but hadn’t learned yet. My journey learning to program, and my experience at my first job as a software engineer were the inspiration for this book. This book is not just about learning to program; although you will learn to code. If you want to program professionally, it is not enough to learn to code; that is why, in…
Author(s): Cory Althoff

3. Coding for Beginners: A Comprehensive Beginners Guide to Learn Coding step by step from A-Z (2019)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis isn’t just any kind of programming book that cramps everything in a 300-page book; there’s Wikipedia for that! is a road map for anyone, young or old, looking for a way in into the ever-changing world of programming.Instead of overloading you with information that’s impossible to process and would likely overwhelm you to pieces, this book guides you through exactly the projects you want to do, and how you can successfully turn these ideas into functionally coded projects.What You’ll Learn in This Book: Who Should Read This Book?If you’re already a programmer, this is your chance to buy…
Author(s): Alexander Cane

4. Coding For Dummies (2016)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfNo coding experience is required for Coding For Dummies, your one-stop guide to building a foundation of knowledge in writing computer code for web, application, and software development. It doesn’t matter if you’ve dabbled in coding or never written a line of code, this book guides you through the basics. Using foundational web development languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, it explains in plain English how coding works and why it’s needed. Online exercises developed by Codecademy, a leading online code training site, help hone coding skills and demonstrate results as you practice. The site provides an environment where…
Author(s): Nikhil Abraham

5. Coding Languages for Absolute Beginners: 6 Books in 1- Arduino, C++, C#, Powershell, Python & SQL (2018)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe World is changing rapidly and technology is at the very center of it. Technology is affecting our present. Technology drives and shapes our future. What better way to be part of that driving force than to learn the beating heart of all these computers and application? series aims to be for beginners to get started on programming and learn the coding skills you need to build the technology and drive the future you want.And the best part about it, you’ll learn from scratch not just 1, 2, 3 but In this series, you’ll learn the basics, techniques and best practices for the…
Author(s): Zach Webber

6. Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game (2017)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfCrack open this book and set off on several fun missions — while simultaneously learning the basics of writing code. Want to make a website from scratch? Create an app? Build a game? All the tools are here, laid out in a user-friendly format that leads kids on an imaginary quest to keep a valuable diamond safe from dangerous jewel thieves. Presented by Young Rewired State — an international collective of tech-savvy kids — in easy-to-follow, bite-size chunks, the real-life coding skills taught in this engaging, comprehensive guide may just set young readers on the path to becoming technology stars of the future. #17,036 in…
Author(s): Young Rewired State

7. Coding All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) (2017)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe demand for people with coding know-how exceeds the number of people who understand the languages that power technology. Coding All-in-One For Dummies gives you an ideal place to start when you’re ready to add this valuable asset to your professional repertoire. Whether you need to learn how coding works to build a web page or an application or see how coding drives the data revolution, this resource introduces the languages and processes you’ll need to know. Peek inside to quickly learn the basics of simple web languages, then move on to start…
Author(s): Nikhil Abraham

8. Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games (Computer Coding for Kids) (2015)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWritten for children ages 8–12 with little to no coding experience, this straightforward visual guide uses fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions to show young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language.With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more. All they need is a desktop or laptop with Adobe 10.2 or later, and an internet connection to download Scratch 2.0. Coding can be done without…
Author(s): Jon Woodcock

9. The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers Third Edition (2015)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfLecturers, request your electronic inspection copy  Johnny Saldaña’s unique and invaluable manual demystifies the qualitative coding process with a comprehensive assessment of different coding types, examples and exercises. The ideal reference for students, teachers, and practitioners of qualitative inquiry, it is essential reading across the social sciences and neatly guides you through the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data. Its wide array of strategies, from the more straightforward to the more complex, is skillfully explained and carefully exemplified providing a…
Author(s): Johnny Saldana

10. Daily Coding Problem: Get exceptionally good at coding interviews by solving one problem every day (2019)

 Best Coding Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfDaily Coding Problem contains a wide variety of questions inspired by real programming interviews, with in-depth solutions that clearly take you through each core concept. You’ll learn about: • Linked Lists • Arrays • Heaps • Trees • Graphs • Randomized Algorithms • Backtracking • Dynamic Programming • Stacks and Queues • Bit Manipulation • System Design #32,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #19 in Programming Algorithms #33 in Job Interviewing (Books) #11 in Computer Algorithms Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Lawrence Wu, Alex Miller

Best Coding Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some coding books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Mastering OpenFrameworks: Creative Coding Demystified

Author(s): Yanc, Chris
ID: 2416026, Publisher: Packt Publishing, Limited, Year: Set. 2013, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub

Competitive Programming in Python: 128 Algorithms to Develop your Coding Skills

Author(s): Christoph Dürr, Jill-Jênn Vie
ID: 2845136, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

An Introduction to Symbolic Dynamics and Coding

Author(s): Douglas Lind, Brian Marcus
ID: 2863000, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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