What are the best coding books for developers?

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    #1The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

    The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is a technology reference, instructive guide book, Computer Science, Coding and Non-fiction book written by Edward R. Tufte. It was published January 2001 by Graphics Pr.

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    Phillip Willis
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This was a really comprehensive book that lays out a lot of the basic concepts that coders need to know. Whenever I get a new hire at my company I make sure that they've read this from top to bottom. "
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    #2Designing Web Usability

    Designing Web Usability

    Designing Web Usability is a technology reference, instructive guide book, Computer Science, Coding and Non-fiction book written by Jakob Nielsen. It was published December 30, 1999 by New Riders.

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    Henry Keller
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This seems to only focus on the aspect of websites so i am not sure how useful it can be in general. Otherwise it seems like a decent solution."
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    #3Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)

    Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)

    Programming Pearls (2nd Edition) is a technology reference, instructive guide book, Computer Science, Coding and Non-fiction book written by Jon Bentley. It was published October 7, 1999 by Addison-Wesley Professional.

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    Louis Cruz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I have a (very) short list of books that I re-read annually. This is the book at the top of my list. I am a professional software developer working within the world's largest software company. I work in amongst (BY FAR) the most incredible software engineers on the planet. One of the things that I enjoy the most about working with the people around me is range and depth of experiences that are applied to solving a given problem. Oftentimes, the best solution is not the most obvious. That's why I re-read this book every year: it's a short, easy-to-read reminder to think laterally about a given problem and to deconstruct a problem as much as possible before attacking it. I first read this book back in 2000 whilst stood in a bookstore. I instantly wondered why Jon hadn't written it before. Creative thinking is something that we all too often forget when we toil daily on our code, trying to make it more feature-complete, faster, more secure and more stable. Sometimes one needs to take a step back from the problem and consider things with a more open mind that may result in having to write less code overall, or to write just a little more code to completely transform the operational performance of a given routine. This book regularly reminds me how to do that. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - absolutely essential reading for all developers - old and new - regardless of your chosen language / platform / toolset."
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    #4GUI Bloopers

    GUI Bloopers
    GUI Bloopers: Don'ts and Do's for Software Developers and Web Designers is a technology reference, instructive guide book, Computer Science, Coding and Non-fiction book written by Jeff Johnson.
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    Rishika Bose
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "When I was first starting out to learn coding, I was so horribly confused. I wish a book like this has been around when I needed it most years ago. I love flipping through GUI Bloopers to keep my mind sharp on the subject. The only thing that I wish was a bit different for this product is the way it is laid out (the order of the subjects in the book). Other than that, it is so perfect."
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    #5Envisioning Information

    Envisioning Information

    Envisioning Information is a technology reference, instructive guide book, Computer Science, Coding and Non-fiction book written by Edward R. Tufte. It was published May 1, 1990 by Graphic Pr.

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    Jane Hou
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "When I first started my coding career I picked up this book and it helped me out a lot. It's definitely good for grasping a basic understanding of the material. "
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    #6About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design

    About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design

    About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design is a technology reference, instructive guide book, Computer Science, Coding and Non-fiction book written by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann and David Cronin.

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    Ryan Flores
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design is a really great and comprehensive reference for developers. I use this a lot and have referred several colleagues and friends that all enjoy it to buy. Very useful."
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    #7Rapid Development

    Rapid Development

    Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules is a book by Steve McConnell featuring software engineering project management. With over 600 pages, this book is published in 1996 by Microsoft Press.

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    Mildred Wheeler
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is quite long, but worth every page. As a programmer, one usually gets focused on that - programming. There are however, several dynamics at play at any given software development project: customers, unstable requirements, risks, teamwork, tools, etc. This book presents several fundamental principles, strategies, philosophies and mistakes and than goes to present a set of very important best practices. I highly recommend it!"
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    #8The Design of Everyday Things

    The Design of Everyday Things

     The Design of Everyday Things is a book by Donald Norman that tells how designs of objects have an effect towards the decision making of the people who can see the design.

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    Ann Boyd
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is great for people looking at marketing their product but not so much for developers who wish to get better at coding. Little - if anything - in this book has to do with coding. It mainly focuses on product design and marketing - at which is is very good and useful. There are much better books that focus on coding. You should read this for other reasons but not for information on coding. "
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    #9The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

    The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

    The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master is about software engineering written by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas which tackles the increasing specialization and technicalities of modern software development.

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    Rosario Álvarez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Pragmatic Programmer teaches you everything you need to know. But they also teach you the pros and cons you can run into. I think this is the most complete programmer book out there."
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    #10Code Complete

    Code Complete

    Code Complete (Developer Best Practices) is widely 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.

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    José Antonio Robles
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is one of the best coding books out there and gives the reader a good idea about coding and helps developers write better programs. This is a go to must for anyone in the industry."

Summary

Best What are the best coding books for developers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Visual Display of Quantitative InformationBooks 19 Paid
2Designing Web UsabilityBooks 16 Paid
3Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)Books 15 Paid
4GUI BloopersBooks 13 Paid
5Envisioning InformationBooks 11 Paid
6About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction DesignBooks 11 Paid
7Rapid DevelopmentBooks 7 Paid
8The Design of Everyday ThingsBooks 6 Paid
9The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to MasterBooks 3 Paid
10Code CompleteBooks 1 Paid
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