The Self-Taught Programmer

THE SELF-TAUGHT PROGRAMMER: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally
by Cory Althoff
2017 (US)

Book Authority's “one of the 
100 Best Programming Books 
of All Time”

I am a self-taught programmer. After a year of self-study, I learned to program well enough to land a job as a software engineer at eBay. Once I got there, I realized I was severely under-prepared. I was overwhelmed by the amount of things I needed to know but hadn’t learned yet. My journey learning to program, and my experience at my first job as a software engineer were the inspiration for this book.

This book is not just about learning to program; although you will learn to code. If you want to program professionally, it is not enough to learn to code; that is why, in addition to helping you learn to program, I also cover the rest of the things you need to know to program professionally that classes and books don’t teach you. « The Self-taught Programmer » is a roadmap, a guide to take you from writing your first Python program, to passing your first technical interview.

The book is divided into six sections:
1. Start to program in Python 3 and build your first program.
2. Learn Object-oriented programming and create a powerful Python program to get you hooked.
3. Learn to use tools like Git, Bash, regular expressions and databases. Then use your new coding skills to build a web scraper.
4. Study Computer Science fundamentals including computer architecture, data structures, algorithms and network programming.
5. Lear to program for production: I cover the software development process, testing, and best coding practices.
6. Finish with tips for working with a team and landing a programming job.

You CAN learn to program professionally. The path is there. Will you take it?

Cory Althoff is a self-taught programmer and writer. He has worked as a software engineer at eBay, as well as several startups in Silicon Valley. When taking a break from programming, you can find him reading and traveling—the idea for THE SELF-TAUGHT PROGRAMMER originated in the back seat of a taxi in Bali. Currently, he lives in Portland, Oregon where he is working on his next book, THE SELF-TAUGHT WEB DEVELOPER: The Definitive Guide to Full-Stack Web Development.