There are a few books where, at some point, every programmer should read. And, in my opinion, the sooner the better, because these books will have huge impact on your coding skills and the way you write code. Not just that but your code will look professional, thus, increasing your chances of getting a job in a big corporation.
Let me start out with one of my favorite books on the list which is:
1. Clean Code (MUST READ Book)
This book is a must-read book. It will utterly change the way your write code to the best. Not just that but it will show you the importance of having a clean code. The way you name variables and code testing and more all of them are very important. Writing clean code is not just important for the sake of writing clean code, but it will save you hours of debugging down the road. Moreover, writing clean code will help you by making your code look professional. It will also help your team members understand your code much easier. And it will make the process of adding more code to it simple.
The second must read book is:
2. Head First Design Patterns
When you work with a team there has to be a specific design pattern you all follow. Even if you work alone. Because it will make your life easy while debugging and while adding or modifying code. Not just that but it will make your code look like it’s written by a professional, which, of course, is something you need to have. I would only recommend reading this book after you have solid understanding of object oriented programming.
3. Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Designing object oriented programs is very important in all programming language. Not just that but in in order to understand big projects you will have to have solid understanding of object oriented programming. After reading this book and understanding it well, you will find a huge difference in your ability to understand OOP code and you will write a very effective OOP projects from scratch.
4. Working Effectively with Legacy Code
Whether you like it or not, most of the time you will be working with legacy code. Being able to understand how to deal with it will save you a lot of time and will make the process of adding, editing, removing features much easier. This book is important for those who will be working on large systems.
Of course the list goes on and on, but I promise if you read these books, you will notice a huge difference in the way you write code.
In conclusion, start by reading a book at a time and fully understand it. Don’t overwhelm yourself with all of them. My last advice in this post is to practice, practice, practice. Don’t just read without practicing.