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Best Software Engineering Books To Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Software Engineering books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Beginning Software Engineering (2015)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadBeginning Software Engineering demystifies the software engineering methodologies and techniques that professional developers use to design and build robust, efficient, and consistently reliable software. Free of jargon and assuming no previous programming, development, or management experience, this accessible guide explains important concepts and techniques that can be applied to any programming language. Each chapter ends with exercises that let you test your understanding and help you elaborate on the chapter’s main concepts. Everything you need to understand waterfall, Sashimi, agile, RAD, Scrum, Kanban, Extreme…
Author(s): Rod Stephens

2. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (2008)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadEven bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with . Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly” into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it. What kind of work will…
Author(s): Robert C. Martin

3. Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design (Robert C. Martin Series) (2017)

 Best Software Engineering Books To Read  By applying universal rules of software architecture, you can dramatically improve developer productivity throughout the life of any software system. Now, building upon the success of his best-selling books Clean Code and The Clean Coder, legendary software craftsman Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reveals those rules and helps you apply them.   Martin’s doesn’t merely present options. Drawing on over a half-century of experience in software environments of every imaginable type, Martin tells you what choices to make and why they are critical to your success. As you’ve come to…
Author(s): Robert C. Martin

4. Software Engineering, 10th Edition (2018)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadPlease Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express. #46,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #6437 in Reference (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Ian Sommerville

5. Engineering Software Products: An Introduction to Modern Software Engineering (2019)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadFor one-semester courses in software engineering.   With author Ian Sommerville takes a unique approach to teaching software engineering and focuses on the type of software products and apps that are familiar to students, rather than focusing on project-based techniques. Written in an informal style, this book focuses on software engineering techniques that are relevant for software product engineering. Topics covered include personas and scenarios, cloud-based software, microservices, security and privacy and DevOps. The text is designed for students taking their first course in software engineering with experience in…
Author(s): Ian Sommerville

6. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction, Second Edition (2004)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadWidely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell’s original CODE COMPLETE has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade. Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices—and hundreds of new code samples—illustrating the art and science of software construction. Capturing the body of knowledge available from research, academia, and everyday commercial practice, McConnell synthesizes the most effective techniques and must-know principles into clear, pragmatic guidance. No matter…
Author(s): Steve McConnell

7. Essentials of Software Engineering (2016)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadEach new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools. Experience Navigate 2 today at for the undergraduate, one-term course, Essentials of Software Engineering, Fourth Edition provides students with a systematic engineering approach to software engineering principles and methodologies. Comprehensive, yet concise, the Fourth Edition includes new information on areas of high…
Author(s): Frank Tsui, Orlando Karam, et al.

8. Timeless Laws of Software Development (2017)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadIf you want to write high-quality, maintainable code, this book is for you.Most software projects have dreadful quality! Quality code requires more than good intentions and wishful thinking. This book clearly explains the fundamental laws and practices that you need, but probably didn’t learn in school. No matter what your role or experience level, Timeless Laws will change your view of software development forever. #388,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #897 in Software Development (Books) #217 in Computer Systems Analysis & Design (Books)…
Author(s): Jerry Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Kohnke

9. Software Engineering, Global Edition (2015)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadFor courses in computer science and software engineering   introduces readers to the overwhelmingly important subject of software programming and development. In the past few years, computer systems have come to dominate not just our technological growth, but the foundations of our world’s major industries. This text seeks to lay out the fundamental concepts of this huge and continually growing subject area in a clear and comprehensive manner.   The contains new information that highlights various technological updates of recent years, providing…
Author(s): Sommerville Ian

10. The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide: How to Learn Programming Languages Quickly, Ace Your Programming Interview, and Land Your Software Developer Dream Job (2017)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadTechnical Knowledge Alone Isn’t Enough – Increase Your Income by Leveling Up Your Soft Skills Early in his software developer career, John Sonmez discovered that technical knowledge alone isn’t enough to break through to the next income level – developers need “soft skills” like the ability to learn new technologies just in time, communicate clearly with management and consulting clients, negotiate a fair hourly rate, and unite teammates and coworkers in working toward a common goal. As John invested in these skills his career took off, and he became a highly paid,…
Author(s): John Sonmez

11. Software Engineering:a Practitioner’s Approach,eighth Edition,international Edition,paperback (2015)

 Best Software Engineering Books To ReadFor almost three decades, Roger Pressman’s Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach has been the world’s leading textbook in software engineering. The new eighth edition represents a major restructuring and update of previous editions, solidifying the book’s position as the most comprehensive guide to this important subject. The eighth edition of Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach has been designed to consolidate and restructure the content introduced over the past two editions of the book. The chapter structure will return to a more linear…
Author(s): Roger Pressman, Bruce Maxim

Best Software Engineering Books to Read

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 software engineering 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.

Software Engineering at Google: Lessons Learned from Programming Over Time

Author(s): Titus Winters, Tom Manshreck, Hyrum Wright
ID: 2448951, Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Year: 4 Apr 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Human-Centered Software Engineering: 8th IFIP WG 13.2 International Working Conference, HCSE 2020, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, November 30 – December ... 12481 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science)

Author(s): Regina Bernhaupt, Carmelo Ardito, Stefan Sauer
ID: 2826263, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 46 Mb, Format: pdf

IT Crisisology: Smart Crisis Management in Software Engineering: Models, Methods, Patterns, Practices, Case Studies

Author(s): Sergey V. Zykov
ID: 2848289, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed 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 books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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