Recommended Reading List for Software Engineers

Java: The Complete Reference – Herbert Schildt

Oracle Java reference

This book is the official Oracle guide to Java.

Read our post on OOP Principles which references this book for important information on Abstraction, Polymorphism, Inheritance and Encapsulation.


Head First Design Patterns – Eric Freeman

Head first design patterns

At any given moment, someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. And, chances are, someone else has already solved your problem. This edition of Head First Design Patterns—now updated for Java 8—shows you the tried-and-true, road-tested patterns used by developers to create functional, elegant, reusable, and flexible software. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best design practices and experiences of those who have fought the beast of software design and triumphed.


Clean Code – Robert C. Martin

Clean Code

This book is considered the prequel to Agile Software Development by Robert C. Martin.

Our book review can be found here.


Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices – Robert C. Martin

Agile software development

Written for software engineers “in the trenches,” this text focuses on the technology—the principles, patterns, and process—that help software engineers effectively manage increasingly complex operating systems and applications. There is also a strong emphasis on the people behind the technology. This text will prepare students for a career in software engineering and serve as an on-going education for software engineers.


Code Complete (Developer Best Practices) – Steve McConnell

Code complete

Widely considered one of the best practical guides to programming, Steve McConnell’s original CODE COMPLETE has been helping developers write better software for more than a decade. Now this classic book has been fully updated and revised with leading-edge practices—and hundreds of new code samples—illustrating the art and science of software construction. Capturing the body of knowledge available from research, academia, and everyday commercial practice, McConnell synthesizes the most effective techniques and must-know principles into clear, pragmatic guidance. No matter what your experience level, development environment, or project size, this book will inform and stimulate your thinking—and help you build the highest quality code.


Cracking the Coding Interview – Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Cracking the coding interview

I am not a recruiter. I am a software engineer. And as such, I know what it’s like to be asked to whip up brilliant algorithms on the spot and then write flawless code on a whiteboard. I’ve been through this—as a candidate and as an interviewer.

Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition is here to help you through this process, teaching you what you need to know and enabling you to perform at your very best. I’ve coached and interviewed hundreds of software engineers. The result is this book.

Learn how to uncover the hints and hidden details in a question, discover how to break down a problem into manageable chunks, develop techniques to unstick yourself when stuck, learn (or re-learn) core computer science concepts, and practice on 189 interview questions and solutions.

These interview questions are real; they are not pulled out of computer science textbooks. They reflect what’s truly being asked at the top companies, so that you can be as prepared as possible.