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Two Critical Books and Two Critical Articles (For 'Software People')

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I speak with many persons who are considering becoming software developers (usually by way of a program like the Flatiron School or the Turing School).

I’m a graduate of the Turing School, and have written a lot about the program, like:

I recommend strongly the following books and articles all the time. They are broadly helpful no matter where you are in your career (or if you don’t have one! A “career” is a luxury, a “job” puts a roof over your head.)

This is a copy/paste from a recent conversation. I’m going to stop copy/pasting these four links to people all the dang time, and instead send them to this page you’re reading right now:

other person:

What where those books/resources that you said are so foundational to your understanding of the industry?


Read these two books, and these two articles. The books are available at your local library in any format you’d want. The articles are long, give them appropriate attention:

1/3rd of the reason I became a software developer is because of these two articles:

  1. Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued (Patio11)
  2. Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice (Patio11)

This book is another 1/3rd of the reason I got into software:

A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

The last 1/3rd (or maybe the first 1/3rd) was from this book:

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love