When I was in college, I didn’t really know what books to read outside of class. Internships can often help out a lot with this to get a feel for what others are reading and these days there are some great online lists from technical role models.
I’m thinking of starting a book club that looks through technical resources such as Code Complete, Threat Modeling, etc. I’d like to host it from my blog, but I’m not entirely sure what this will mean yet. If you have any good links to online book clubs let me know. I started to poke around to make a list of books to read. What books are on your short list?
Here’s my list so far, some of these I’ve already read but would like to explore again:
Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
by Andrew Hunt
Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
by Michael Howard
Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing
by Peter J. Denning (Author), Robert M. Metcalfe (Author)
The Invisible Future: The Seamless Integration Of Technology Into Everyday Life
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R. Hofstadter
The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity
by Alan Cooper
Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design
The IT Girl's Guide to Becoming an Excel Diva
Joel Spolsky: Book Reviews
Six Essential Language Agnostic Programming Books
Books: We need more So What, Now What and What For? and less just What
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I would ditch the excel book, but replace it with Eric Evan's Domain Driven Design.
Thanks for the recommendation. I've never heard of this book but it looks fantastic. --Hilary
The first book we’re reading for our Technical Book Club is Code Complete. Order it today if you want