I love to read random programing books and articles. The other day I read a tweet that recommended some nine books if you were into programming and I felt like I had seen two of those books mentioned when it comes to learning about code.

One of which was Clean Code. I’ve been wanting to read this for the longest time too. One of these days I’ll actually go ahead and purchase it so I can read it. Not sure when that will be but I know I will.

The biggest reason I love reading those is because a lot of the things I have learned I learned on my own. I took it upon myself to not only research but to experiment with it. A great example would be Illustrator. I wanted to learn more about how to use the pen tool so I made a small challenge to myself and drew out the alphabet. I sketched it all out and then used only the pen tool to convert it to digital. 

I learned a lot from that.

It was fun and it was different for me. Part of that reason was I wasn’t fully tied to a deadline but I also was because I did it in my spare time. Once I got that motivation I kept going with it. This is how it has been with reading lately too. I think my personal goal before this year ends is to have purchased one or two of those listed books

If memory serves me right a few of those were:

  • Clean Code
  • Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of programming
  • Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
  • The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

I am determined to get at least one of those books before the end of the year, even if it means a digital copy that could only be read on my phone. Yes, I am willing to go that far to get some knowledge.

There is one other thing I have been doing and it’s helped is that I picked out a few other books that I’m going to be finishing for fun. I am definitely looking forward to finishing these up.