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Best Programming Books of May 2016

It’s already the end of May! Time flies when you’re having fun :-) Time  for another programming books of the month. With the “Best Programming Books of” series I try to inform you about the most popular programming and IT books of the current month. Also, I compared this list to the list of the previous month.

As you can see, there’s one major ‘newcomer’ (although it’s a classic, it’s new in this months list): Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, 25th Anniversary. Edition!

Books on learning Python are also really popular this month! If you’re curious, last year I wrote a blog post on 5 Python books for beginners.


Note: these are the most read/popular books in CS or programming in May (no matter their publication date) and I compare these books with last month, you can find all of the previous lists here.

  1. Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions
    Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition: 189 Programming Questions and SolutionsIn this book, you can tell that the questions are really based on Gayles experiences in tech interviews. The questions aren’t pulled out of computer science textbooks: they reflect what’s truly being asked at the top companies, so that you can be as prepared as possible. What I like about this book is that it gives you great hints on how to solve each of the 189 questions. And last but not least, it has comprehensive details on what makes a good interview question and hiring process.
  2. (new) Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution: 25th Anniversary Edition – Audible
    Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution: 25th Anniversary Edition - AudibleA newcomer this week! Although it’s actually a classic :) As from the website: Steven Levy’s classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution’s original hackers – those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early ’80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.
  3. Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches
    Programming Arduino Getting Started with Sketches“Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches” helps you understand the software side of Arduino and explains how to write well-crafted Sketches (the name given to Arduino programs) using the C language of Arduino. This practical guide offers an un-intimidating, concise approach for non-programmers that will get you up and running right away.
  4. HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
    HTML and CSS: Design and Build WebsitesLearning to make your own website in HTML/CSS is getting more and more popular. Many books teaching HTML and CSS could be quite dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which is why this book takes an entirely new approach. It will make you wish other technical topics were presented in such a simple, attractive and engaging way.
  5. Python: Learn Python in One Day and Learn It Well. Python for Beginners with Hands-on Project. (Learn Coding Fast with Hands-On Project Book 1)
    Python: Learn Python in One Day and Learn It Well. Python for Beginners with Hands-on Project. (Learn Coding Fast with Hands-On Project Book 1)Or perhaps you know other programming languages but are interested in learning the Python language fast? You no longer have to waste your time and money learning Python from lengthy books, expensive online courses or complicated Python tutorials. In addition, the output for all examples are provided immediately so you do not have to wait till you have access to your computer to test the examples. Learn The Python Programming Language Fast Concepts are presented in a “to-the-point” style to cater to the busy individual.
  6. Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginners
    Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total BeginnersIf you’ve ever spent hours renaming files or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you know how tedious tasks like these can be. But what if you could have your computer do them for you? In Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, you’ll learn how to use Python to write programs that do in minutes what would take you hours to do by hand. Even if you’ve never written a line of code, you can make your computer do the grunt work.
  7. JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web Development
    JavaScript and JQuery: Interactive Front-End Web DevelopmentThis full-color book will show you how to make your websites more interactive and your interfaces more interesting and intuitive. This book teaches you some basic programming concepts, no prior knowledge needed. Firs you’ll learn how to create a web page using HTML & CSS and then you’ll dive deeper into some core elements of the JavaScript language and JQuery. If you’re looking to create more enriching web experiences, then this is the book for you.
  8. (new) Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
    Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and SoftwareFrom the author: What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.
  9. (new) Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming
    Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to ProgrammingThis book is a comprehensive introduction to programming in Python. You’ll learn how to write programs & how to solve problems. In the first half of the book, you’ll read about the fundamentals of Python like concepts, lists, classes, loops and writing clean code. In the second part of the book, you’ll put your knowledge into practice with three projects: a game, a library and a web app.
  10.  Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems
    Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems A newcomer this week! As from the website: In this collection of essays and articles, key members of Google’s Site Reliability Team explain how and why their commitment to the entire life-cycle has enabled the company to successfully build, deploy, monitor, and maintain some of the largest software systems in the world. You’ll learn the principles and practices that enable Google engineers to make systems more scalable, reliable, and efficient—lessons directly applicable to your organization. This book is divided into four sections: Introduction, Principles, Practices and Management.

Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts below :)