Wednesday, August 31, 2005

So you wanna be a coder?

Read these books:

"Introduction to c# using .NET" by Robert J. Oberg
"Head First Design Patterns"
"Patterns of Enterprise Application Architechture"
"Anti-Patterns"
"The Pragmatic Programmer"
"HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide"
"JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook"
"Programming Ruby"
"Agile Web Development with Rails"

Also:

Anything that has "Cookbook" in the title is generally about showing you reams of well-written, working code covering a wide range of problems. They're a great way to learn by example.

For any given subject you'll probably want 3 books: An Introduction, an Advanced book, and a Reference or Cookbook. The last is actually optional since there's just so much to be found on the web these days and online documentation is better than the books sometimes.

In a few months you'll be programming on a new level (if you aren't already familiar with the subject matter of course).
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