📚 Tell me your ABSOLUTE favorite books and online classes

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Hello lovely, lovely dev community. ❤️️

I am currently putting together a list of developer resources to put on my blog, Books on Code, and I must know:

What are your absolute favorite, can't-stop-raving-about-them books and online classes?

I know there are plenty of resource lists out there already, but I think I rarely get to hear the books or classes that come top-of-mind to people that altered the history of their dev careers.

My ears are open!!


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I'm a self-taught developer. I took three online courses before I landed my first job:

I can wholeheartedly recommend the three of them. All of them have been so fun and educative!


Love this, Anton! Do you have links to the classes? I think it's not enough information for me to find them myself.


Thank you! I have updated my comment with links to all classes. Good luck!

I enrolled in CS50 to give it a try. I've already taken computer science courses, so wondering if I'll still find the material valuable. Let me know. 😊

Edit: Nevermind. Started watching the lectures, and it's amazing

I haven't taken any other CS courses, so I don't know the coverage. But as you just added in your edit: the lectures (and teacher) is amazing, I firmly believe that every developer should take CS50 to learn the basics of CS! 😀

Agreed! CS50 is a must for anyone working in tech to appreciate the basic concepts of CS


Not exactly connected to coding, but a book I read recently I totally loved is Indistractable by Nir Eyal. My life has improved a lot since I started taking control back from all the devices which are so full of distractions! Very pleasant and easy read, very actionable. Highly recommended.


Sounds valuable. I might just pick it up.


There are tons of books on programming and related stuff nowadays. And hence usually no reason to buy or read them. They are dull, and we have internet.

I prefer browsing some old books, which don't give you particular instructions like "type this code, download this library, open browser console", but those which give opportunity to think. On my own.

One of nice examples is

Jacques Arsac - Jeux et casse-tête à programmer (French) - Programming of Games and Puzzles (Paperback – 1985)

This has translation into some languages (I read it in Russian for example). The fellow here suggests writing a few dozens "games" of those kind you more like to write than to play. But he don't explain unnecessary things. He motivate reader to think and invent something own.

That's priceless!


Sandi Metz. Practial Object Oriented Programming with Ruby.


Testing with JUnit, Frank Appel


If you're a vaguely confident with one programming language and are looking for something a bit different - a little bit crazy, a little bit genius, a whole lot of fun - may I recommend:

Land of Lisp

If you're looking for something a bit more practical, again want to learn a new language, explore a bit about how a computer works, but also see how to build useful things (and beautiful things!) well, try:

The Go Programming Language


Clean Code - Robert C Martin

MongoDB University

  • especially the courses on Data Modeling, Performance and Aggregation. It'll show you what mongodb really can do and make building apps sooo much easier. With less code.

a. Microservices and Patterns by Chris Richardson
b. Clean Code by Robert Martin
c. Dive into design patterns by Alexander Shvets
d. Designing event driven systems by Ben Stopford


Clean Code is always the one I hear about.
Perhaps it is mandatory reading for me at this point. 🤔


Clean Code is definitely a must! I would also recommend The Pragmatic Programmer, Clean Architecture, Clean Coder.

Yes! Pragmatic Programmer is on my nightstand.


I can add a one of my own contributions:

On Coursera, the Rice University Computing concentration. The professors were fun (with ongoing, corny jokes), the assignments were the perfect amount of challenge, and it really had the material and rigor of a university computer science curriculum.


I'm really enjoying reading and learning with Test Driven Development for Embedded C

It's opening my eyes to a new world of testability in C.


Coding related: eloquentjavascript.net/
Un-related: All the works by Robin Sharma


Love it! For those who haven't read Robin Sharma (he has like a million books), which one do you recommend starting with?


I would recommend The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari to start with :)


FrontEndMasters ... ! Everything is amazing here.


Stephen Grider’s algorithms Bootcamp on Udemy!


Thank you! I found the course. It looks packed with good material.

I'm wondering what about the course was most impactful for you?


To me, Stephen's explanations are so clear because he starts with the basics and then dives into more complex problems. He doesn't go on tangents, gives appropriate amount of context when needed, and explains the why behind what we're doing.


Dev related: The Pragmatic Programmer

Not dev related, but funny and scary at the same time: Humble Pi: a Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker.


Too cool. Humble Pi is the book this month for the new Adam Savage book club. Here is the announcement on Twitter


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