10 Must-Have Free Software Development eBooks for Beginners

Developing and programming software and applications is not all cakes and bubbles. Sometimes, you need a bit of help, whether it’s for managing your workflow, getting back to basics or learning a new programming language. Lucky for you, the Internet is host to a myriad of useful resources that can help, including free eBooks!

In today’s article, we’re going to share with you a list of 10 free eBooks that should definitely be in every software developer or programmer’s collection, especially for those who are new in the web development world. These eBooks cover a decent range of topics, from more general workflow advice down to the essentials in coding, and quite a few things in between.

Enjoy!

Learning to Program with Python

Learning to Program with Python

“Learning to Program with Python” by Richard Halterman is a comprehensive guide to programming with Python 3.2. The eBook starts with the basics of Python, such as essential software and development tools, and goes down into more detailed territory like Python’s iterative processes, using and writing functions, different types of objects, and custom types, just to name a few.

Programming From The Ground Up

Programming From The Ground Up

As the title implies, this eBook by Jonathan Bartlett is aimed at beginners who want to learn more about programming and development. It teaches them how to think, write, and learn like a programmer. The eBooks guides you to the principles of programming using assembly language for x86 processors and GNU/Linux OS.

Lean Software Development

Lean Software Development

Authored by David J. Anderson, “Learn Software Development” enlightens readers on how the concept of ‘Lean’, originating from the management structure at Toyota in the 1990s, can be applied to software development. It’s not a book about programming; rather, it discusses how one should approach and manage the process of software development.

How to Become a Programmer

The eBook’s title says it all. This eBook by Rob Wailing should be one of your first reads if you’re just starting out or even if you’re trying to decide whether programming is the path you should choose. It may not be an in-depth guide, but the author covers a decent amount of non-technical topics like where to start, how to gain experience, and other real-world questions.

Programmer’s Motivation for Beginners

Programmer’s Motivation for Beginners

“Programmer’s Motivation for Beginners” by Rajaraman Raghuraman is an extensive collection of his blog posts, containing mostly simple and practical advice about being a programmer. There’s no code in here, but the author discusses topics like how to learn programming, thoughtful quotes, as well as the necessary attitudes and skills that a good software developer must possess.

Getting Started with Open Source Development

Getting Started with OpenSource

This comprehensive eBook by a group of web developers is a great introduction to the world of open source software and issues related to it. The eBook covers topics on licensing, open source business models, the role of the open source community in development, and starting your own open source project, among many others.

Efficiency in Development Workflows

Efficiency in Development Workflows

“Efficiency in Development Workflows” by Florian Motlik guides you to the Codeship development team’s workflow in the hope that it will inspire readers to also streamline their – or their team’s – own development workflow. The eBook has three chapters that discuss developing new features, pull requests and code reviews, as well as deployment pipelines and zero downtime deployment.

Don’t Just Roll the Dice

Don't Just Roll The Dice

This eBook by Neil Davidson discusses one of the most important aspects for any software developer looking to sell their work: pricing. After all, there’s no point in writing a great program if you don’t price it correctly. This eBook should be your handy guide, as it discusses issues like economics, pricing psychology, and pricing perception.

Foundations of Programming

Foundations of Programming

Written by Karl Seguin, “Foundations of Programming” covers the foundations of programming and how to build better software. The eBook covers topics like ALT.NET, domain-driven design, unit testing and dependency injection, as well as some simpler back-to-basics topics. It’s a good read to really get to grips with the foundations.

Open Data Structures (in Java)

Open Data Structures

This eBook by Pat Morin has a pretty noble goal, giving learners free access to an open source, updatable eBook related to data structures in Java. As you can imagine, the content is geared towards learners of Java rather than seasoned experts, but it’s likely that even expert programmers will get some use out of this eBook, if only as a refresher.

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