Technical Book Club

When I was in college, I didn’t really know what books to read outside of class.  Internships can often help out a lot with this to get a feel for what others are reading and these days there are some great online lists from technical role models. 

I’m thinking of starting a book club that looks through technical resources such as Code Complete, Threat Modeling, etc.  I’d like to host it from my blog, but I’m not entirely sure what this will mean yet.  If you have any good links to online book clubs let me know.  I started to poke around to make a list of books to read.  What books are on your short list?

Here’s my list so far, some of these I’ve already read but would like to explore again:

General Programming


Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction

by Steve McConnell


The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

by Andrew Hunt


Writing Secure Code, Second Edition

by Michael Howard

The C Programming Language
Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie


Computing Philosophy


Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing

by Peter J. Denning (Author), Robert M. Metcalfe (Author)


The Invisible Future: The Seamless Integration Of Technology Into Everyday Life

by Peter J. Denning (Editor)

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter



The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity

Design of Everyday Things
Donald A. Norman

by Alan Cooper


Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design

by Bill Buxton


Threat Modeling

by Frank Swiderski

Just for Fun


The IT Girl's Guide to Becoming an Excel Diva

by Ani Babaian

Book Lists by other folks:

Joel Spolsky:  Book Reviews

Scott Hanselman: 

Six Essential Language Agnostic Programming Books

Books: We need more So What, Now What and What For? and less just What

Comments (4)

  1. I would ditch the excel book, but replace it with Eric Evan’s Domain Driven Design.


  2. HilaryPike says:

    Thanks for the recommendation.  I’ve never heard of this book but it looks fantastic.  –Hilary

  3. The first book we’re reading for our Technical Book Club is Code Complete. Order it today if you want

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