Books for software developers

Most developers are solitary people who tend to lock themselves away for hours up to days at a time as they code away creating or maintain a piece of software. Intricating coding needs a developer to be solitary as one small dash, dot or code out of sequence can put quite the dent in a days work.

So as far as mentors go it is quite a difficult task for developers to have one and that is why there are so many great books out there on the art of software development.

Agile Soft Resource has chosen some of their favorites to share with our readers.

Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices

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By Robert Martin

Robin Martin is quite the authority on software development and has had years of experience in the field.

This is the go-to book for everything about Agile methodologies complete with very good examples Robert Martin teaches a person how to use these in object-oriented design principles and more.For any software developer looking to further their career Agile is something that is good to have on one’s resume’.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftmanship

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By Robert MartinAs a top authority on the Agile methodologies, Robert Martin takes the developer under his wing and mentors them.  This book is the follow-on to another of his popular works “Code Complete” which, although a bit outdated, is very much a must-have for any software developer as well.

This book outlines the Agile method of maintaining and crafting good, clean, quality software.

By implementing best practices and aiding in a greater understanding of software coding.

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

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By Erich Gamma and Richard Helm

Although this is quite an old publication it is still very much on topic for today’s developers.

This book teaches you to recognize common patterns in the code you’re a writing and or maintaining. As a software developer, it is imperative to understand the basics of classic design patterns that this book defines for its readers.

Code Complete

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By Robert Martin

The methodologies in this book may be a little outdated but it is still a must-read book for any serious software developers.

This book will change the way a programmer’s things about writing code as it covers the fundamentals of writing quality, clean and understandable code that clearly outlines its purpose.

With a great guide on debugging code, scripting amongst a few of the topics covered.