The following lists various reading materials (or videos) that I generally think are pretty good and/or have had a significant impact on my current thoughts regarding programming/software development.
Warning: Some content linked to below may not always use the most family-friendly language.
- Code Complete – My favorite overall book related to programming/software development. Lots of good, practical tips and wisdom.
- The C Programming Language – A classic book on a classic language. Good for anyone interested in learning more about C. Could be a useful reference for more experienced developers, and might work for beginning programmers interested in putting in a lot of effort to learn programming with C.
- Coding Horror – A blog with lots of nice insights on computers and software.
- Joel on Software – Another blog with some nice insights on software development. The older posts (i.e. reading lists on the sidebar) have generally been more valuable.
- Handmade Hero – A fun video series with live programming streams for coding a game basically “from scratch.” While I don’t necessarily agree with every “decision” made during the stream, there’s no doubt that Casey Muratori knows what he is doing. I’ve learned a lot by watching him and have been challenged to rethink some of my previous assumptions regarding programming.
- A Programming Language for Games – Videos by Jonathan Blow working on developing a new programming language. Presents some interesting ideas to overcome some of the “friction” of working in existing languages like C/C++.
Miscellaneous Web Links
- A Note on Layout Languages – Why CSS is bad and we need something better for common web development tasks.