Revisit: What Books Are Within Your Reach?

What titles are close to you for reference purposes? Here's my list.

Written by Jonathan "JD" Danylko • Last Updated: • Develop •
A library of developer books

How many of your books have changed since my last post? I'm sure that since 2007 your library of reference books should've changed a little.

A while back, I wrote a post about what books are in your library that are within reach while you develop. I figured now would be a good time to update my post.

Why do we care?

The books that you have in your library are valuable to you. You know your strengths and weaknesses and what you need to reference quickly in case you suffer from CRS (Can't Remember Stuff).

That's why most developers keep a (small?) stack of books near them strictly for reference purposes. Heck, I still keep a list of reference books nearby just in case my fingers aren't fast enough for Google.

Another reason is a coo to the authors of these books. These books are literally standing the test of time since they were published and they provide me with solid information that I need at a moments notice. The information is organized properly and allows me to find something relatively quick.

The books on your shelf within arms reach is an author's dream. Any author would be ecstatic to hear that you are using their book almost every single day (which is another reason I write this post).

On with the list

NOTE: The list of books below are affiliate links.

Who knows? Within three more years, I may have an entirely different library altogether.

What books do you have in your library that are within arms reach? Are there other books you would recommend for a developer library? Post your comments below and let's discuss.

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Jonathan "JD" Danylko is an author, web architect, and entrepreneur who's been programming for over 30 years. He's developed websites for small, medium, and Fortune 500 companies since 1996.

He currently works at Insight Enterprises as an Architect.

When asked what he likes to do in his spare time, he replies, "I like to write and I like to code. I also like to write about code."

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