Working in Software Development: 7 Books to Colour your Success

There are seven colours of the rainbow, seven days a week, and seven books you must not miss!

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We can all agree that one of the most challenging questions is, "What is your favorite book?". There are just so many, aren't they? Today we will not focus on whether the following books are our favorite but rather valuable to read when working in software development.

There are seven colours of the rainbow, seven days a week, and seven books you must not miss; so, here is what you should add to your Goodreads challenge for 2023:

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship (Robert C. Martin)

The book's author Robert C. Martin critically views established programming paradigms and best practices. Some of his conclusions seem radical to inexperienced programmers. But, if you take on board what Martin describes as his lessons learned, you can improve your code quality significantly. The biggest strength of this book is his recommendations on creating better structured and readable code.

The Pragmatic Programmer (A. Hunt & D. Thomas)

Тhis book is a classic in the genre and is often used as a textbook in university courses; The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and David Thomas offers practical and sound programming advice you can use on any development project.

If you're new to programming, this book will help ensure you're on the right track from the start of a project. It's a series of articles containing a best practice, often explained with a metaphor. The creative use of classic and modern anecdotes, fascinating analogies, and thought-provoking examples makes learning each section exciting and fun.

Cracking the Coding Interview (Gayle Laakmann McDowell)

"Cracking the Code Interview: 189 Programming Questions & Solutions" is all for those who want or need to take coding interviews. It helps you look for hidden details in questions, break problems into small chunks, and get better at learning concepts. Author Gayle Laakmann McDowell, an experienced software engineer, was both an interviewer and a candidate.

Furthermore, Gayle provides 189 real interview questions and solutions so you can prepare well for your following coding interview!

Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual (John Z. Sonmez)

Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual focuses on crucial elements of every developer's life to better prepare them for a successful future. John Sonmez has prepared a stellar career guide for anyone who wants to maximize their growth potential.

From landing the job and climbing the corporate ladder to lifestyle improvements alongside building your brand, this piece of literature equips you with the ‌resources to excel at each of these essential aspects of life. It emphasizes getting the dream job and being the best suited for

Introduction to Algorithms (Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein)

"Introduction to Algorithms" by the authors Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein is an essential guide to algorithms of all kinds. The book is comprehensive and accessible to all readers, beginners, and professionals alike. It is worded and covers a lot of subject matter, but it also is complex and challenging to follow.

"Introduction to Algorithms" also covers data structures, fast algorithms, polynomial-time algorithms for seemingly intractable problems, graph theory, computational geometry, and much more. While it contains some pseudo-code examples, it is still a very theoretical book.

Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering (Frederick P. Brooks Jr.)

This book is a timeless classic on the software development management process. It is a must-read for programmers and everyone in this industry, including clients. "Mythical Man-Month" shatters the myth that putting more people on a project will be finished more quickly. It is false; you can't complete a task more quickly by using more developers; the opposite will be confirmed.

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (T. DeMarco & T. Lister)

"Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams" by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister is the classic golden book that can be considered mandatory reading for software project managers, team leads, higher-level management, and board members of software companies. Suppose you are already excelling at managing developers. In that case, this book can make you even better – it will surely give you crucial knowledge on how to run successful development teams.

P.S. After you are done with all the reading, remember to check out the best 15 tech movies to watch.

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