This is a YouTube video that share the single most influential book in software. The Book is “Code Complete” By Steve McConnell – this book had two editions. I recommend reading the second edition.
Here are five reasons why I think this is an absolute must-read for any programmer.
- This was the first book my mentor recommended me on my first job as a software engineer back in 2001. Since then I have recommended it to many of my colleagues and engineers I have mentored.
- This is a very practical book for programmers. It talks about general practices that will make you a good programmer in long run.
- This book has a comprehensive analysis of software construction. Quite honestly this is the only book I have come across that has comprehensive coverage of all the software development aspects. It covers detailed design, coding, debugging, integration, and developer testing.
- You can find this on any online bookstore including Amazon / eBay / Barnes and Noble. If you are looking for more influential books relevant to being a better software engineer you can visit my blog article of “12 Most Influential Books Every Programmer Must Read”. I will include the links to this book and the article in the description section.