Programming Books

These days, everyone and their dog seems to be able to program. Even little kids are learning the basics of programming in elementary school, which just seem unfair to those of us who weren’t given such early introductions. But, if anything, this just shows that anyone can do it. If you put your mind to it and use the tools found in this category, you can reach whatever level you’re aiming for.

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Speaking to Machines

Computer programming is a method of telling computers how to do certain tasks through the use of programs. Originally, a computer was anything that computed: from people to wooden machines that could play pre-written songs. Now, they’re complex machines with equally complex instructions that give the advanced results we have come to expect. These instructions are programs written to tell the computer what it needs to do and how to do it. In this category of Direct Knowledge, you can learn everything from the basics of programming to tips for helping those already in the field reach new heights.

In computer programming, you’ll find many challenges that seem closer to those of languages and math. This is because computers are basically machines that we’re able to communicate with in some form or another. Programs are just the language we use, but they require a good deal of calculations and algorithms (since it is still machines we’re talking to).

This is why many books focus on learning the main programming languages that are used most today. Lower-level languages focus more on the machine and providing faster execution. Higher-level languages take longer to execute, but they’re easier to use. If you’re new, you’ll probably want to start off with a high-level language such as Python or Java. In any given programming language, you’ll start off learning basic structures and “grammar.” Then, you’ll move on to learning how to tell computers to do complex tasks.

Getting Technical

The more complex tasks in programming involve analysis and making algorithms, all of which can be logic- and math-heavy. Thus, having strong skills in these areas can be a great edge in the field. Some books in this category cover the math and logic behind programs, but reading up on math itself could also be a good idea to get ahead in the game.

Besides writing the programs themselves, programming also consists of working to improve them. Often times, they can have some problems that cause them to run poorly, thus needing “debugging.” There is also maintenance of the original code to keep up with updates and changes in technology. You’ll need to be good at working on code at all stages in order to be a skilled programmer in high demand. You can also increase your demand in the field by learning many languages. The more you know, the more useful you’ll be. So take a look at the selection of books here to see where you can improve.

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