Learning is an amazing thing. You can keep learning your entire life and still be amazed about how much you don’t know or understand. For me, learning is mostly opening a terminal and getting my hands dirty. But to get a deeper understanding of a technology, there’s nothing that beats a well written book.
This page lists my favourite software engineering books that I think you should read if you’re interested in the topic.
In the spirit of full disclosure, these are affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything. I only recommend books that I have read and love myself, so you’re in good hands.
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Ruby on Rails
- Agile Web Development with Rails 4
- Agile Web Development with Rails 5 tip
- Rails 4 Test Prescriptions
- Metaprogramming Ruby 2
- The Cucumber Book: Behaviour-Driven Development for Testers and Developers
- The RSpec Book: Behaviour-Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends
macOS / Cocoa / Swift / Objective-C
- The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
- The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development
- Clean Code: A Handbook for Agile Software Craftsmanship tip
- Understanding the Four Rules of Simple Design
- The Mytical Man-Month
Agile / Scrum
MOS 6502 Microprocessor
I love my Kindle. It’s light-weight, has a battery that lasts about 4 weeks (I read about 1 hour a day), and it features a quality e-ink screen. The 3G option is fantastic, as you can leave your Kindle always connected and use services like Readability to send web pages neatly formatted to your Kindle for later reading.
Almost all of the books listed above are available for Kindle as well. So if you’re not already paperless, why not start now?