What are the best programming books published in 2008?


Three awesome books from Manning:

LINQ in Action (Feb '08) | jQuery in Action (Feb '08) | C# In Depth (Apr '08)

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Javascript: The Good Parts


Easily, Real World Haskell would be the best programming book for 2008. It's not yet another "Learn how to use Spring + XML + Java to make Super Cool Websites" book. It's mind expanding, well written, and teaches you to do real world things in a way that proves that functional programming and Haskell in particular aren't just for academics.


Effective Java 2nd Edition - by Joshua Bloch


Jon Skeet's C# in Depth is quite good! I just finished reading CLR via C# thrid edition, and couldn't find more praise to give it. It is such a well written book and you can learn so much by reading it, I couldn't recommend it more.


Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship



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Hands down More Joel On Software. There's a fella who knows what he's talking about. He's a little obsessed with C, but I mean, who isn't?

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Ok, so this one is not from 2008, but if you haven't read it 2008 is the year to do it:

Code Complete 2

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The Productive Programmer by Neal Ford. This is language agnostic - just like the Pragmatic Programmer. Description quote:

Anyone who develops software for a living needs a proven way to produce it better, faster, and cheaper. The Productive Programmer offers critical timesaving and productivity tools that you can adopt right away, no matter what platform you use. Master developer Neal Ford details ten valuable practices that will help you elude common traps, improve your code, and become more valuable to your team.

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Robert C. Martin's Clean Code and Neal Ford's The Productive Programmer


jQuery in Action - By Bear Bibeault, Yehuda Katz and Foreword by John Resig


I enjoyed Linq in Action.


This is probably going to get me marked down, but how about 2008 has been kind of a blah year as far as pure programming books go. There hasn't been anything that really has crossed the line yet of better than what has been.

The really juicy stuff has more tended to be from the better blogs. Of course I have found myself reading much more into leadership, psychology, and statistics more than programming.


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More Joel On Software June 24, 2008


As a person without a degree in Computer Science, I have enjoyed Algorithms in a Nutshell from O'Reilly.


Javascript: The Good Parts was a hell of a book for people who, well, need to use Javascript.


this has to be Concurrent Programming in Windows which is awesome, followed by Linq in Action


Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries (2nd Edition) was just released during PDC2008 and its authors, architects on the .Net framework, had a nice session that you can view online.

That book is a goldmine of best practice and real-world experience on the best practical ways to develop reusable software.


The best programming book of 2008, IMO, is The Ruby Programming Language, published by O'Reilly. Regardless of whether you're a fan of Ruby, this book is one of the finest pieces of technical writing that I have ever laid eyes on.


I liked Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell a lot.

I think it applies to coders with it's 10,000 hour theory based on how much time we spend behind the keyboard.

This theory in a lot of ways it states the obvious.

Spend a lot of time on something and you'll gradually build the experience and network to seize opportunities, and be able to see patterns that others can't.

What I liked about it is it showed that perspiration really does overcome anything and that's never a bad reminder.


Clean Code by Robert C Martin


I'm going to have to plump for C# in Depth by the omnipotent one, Jon Skeet. It's compact yet incredibly indepth, and you feel compelled to reread it multiple times to fully grasp the knowledge Jon's imparting.

Along with Fritz Onion's ASP.NET books I consider it an essential for .NET developers.


Agile Web Development with Rails, 4th Edition by Sam Ruby is a good book. Especially for someone switching/playing/working with Ruby from .NET or Java.


Agile Web Development with Rails


Regarding "More Joel on Software" book.


I like the way Joel ruined Microsoft by derailing their MacroMan, saying in his book that there is no way to display logic graphically. He probably didn't know (probably missed ASM and codes while beeing in army) that there IS graphical algorythmic way to display logic.

Very interesting part is about microsoft inside structure, book is good for managers. Showing patterns and antipatterns. In particular "captain in engine room", just it doesn't require to expalain it in whole chapter. Although I understand why, there will no be 350 pages in this book and his blog wouldn't be so popular if he would trying to shorten his ideas and fit them in short sentences. Interesting facts are about Hungarian Notation. Everybody got to understand that "More Joel on Software" is commercial project advertising Joels blog, especially part on where to post $350 advertisements. Joel is a clever guy we should admit it. The fact that there is no pirated "More Joel on Software" book says that books isn't really demanded by people.

Also book caused to much brain collapse for me, that is my own experience.

Very good for improving english skills though.

thank you Joel and apress.com, I've spent 17 bucks on improving my english.

MacroMan rest in peace. Maybe Microsoft would make Delphi etc stuff much earlier, and we got to say special thanks to Joel for not allowing them, by annoying.

Also Joels is proud of that nobody left his company during six years, because he is so clever and treats them like slaves (children) not giving them salary, but giving them food. That is pretty great idea. Should be copyrighted by Joel.

Patent Pending request in Global Government on how to treat coders so they don't run away and build their own company.

Nazari K. 2010, C.I.S.