“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin
Many of the best software developers have T-Shaped Skills: Deep expertise in programming and software development, and broad knowledge of diverse areas including testing, DevOps, UX design, team organization, customer interaction, and their domain areas. While there is unfortunately no substitute for experience, reading is probably the next best thing. Over the past 10 years I’ve read a lot in an effort to deepen and broaden my knowledge as a software developer. Along the way I’ve been organizing books and concepts into the reading list I share below. I have been trying to design a core curriculum for “modern” software development by asking myself:
- What core concepts are required to be a world class software developer?
- What is the best book for introducing and teaching each concept?
The result is a list of 16 essential software development concepts presented by 16 excellent books…