As computers change every year, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest trends and updates. To create better software, you must understand the works of people and technology. My current recommendations are listed below but I will try to keep up with adding to these:
Microsoft: Code Complete 2
Written by Steve McConnell, Code Complete 2 is the bible of computer software developers. Reading this book shows that you care about what you do in your career and how you can continue to improve. The book notes especially examples of what not to do and how to fix issues as a developer.
Microsoft: Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Development Schedules
This long-titled book offers more reality of failure rather than rapid development. The major of software projects often fail because they are overrun in schedules and produce less than substandard results. The truth about this book is that you must learn to be good at not failing more than you should aim to succeed. While that itself sounds a bit depressing, this book will benefit you all the more. Chances are, you’re probably making one of the said mistakes in the book right now.
About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design
About Face is a general book that offers applicable guidelines for web and mobile. With the problems for illustration, the book interestingly compares issues of dialog selections and guides for projects. It is a rare quality to read as it gets even better through every revision. This is due to the authors who offer their contributions of various perspectives.
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