Recommended Reading List 2015

Published: Tue 01 December 2015

tags: reading

In a similar manner to previous years here is my recommended reading list for 2015. As before some of these books have been released for a while, but these are some of my highlights for various reasons.

Code

Dependency Injection in .NET
I had put off reading this book for a while despite numerous teams having a copy. It turns out a good chunk of the book is applicable to any language, with the later third being dedicated to actual .NET solutions. The other two thirds of the book has expanded my understanding of DI.
Effective Java: A Programming Language Guide
Many developers recommend this book even for non Java development. Many of the tips and advice included we not new to myself but the book provided further insight and explanation. A good summary of best practices for any OO developers.
Web Application Security, A Beginner's Guide
A good introductory book on security which provided a useful refresher for myself as well as providing a platform for further research on some of the key areas and topics.
Enterprise Integration Patterns
A useful sequel to expand on Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture. This book focuses more on messaging concepts, going into detail on a number of topics. The content of the book is expressed in technology agnostic terms, which has been incredibly useful when applied to actual implementations.
REST API Design Guidelines
Much of the guidelines in here fall into the category of common sense or industry experience. Despite this the guidelines provide great justifications for API design. An essential reference for any REST API.
57 Exercises for Programmers
A highly practical book in the sense that the book is full of over sixty practical tasks. Many of these fall into code katas which are ideal for learning new languages or just staying sharp.
Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby
Despite the name this book applies to OO development in general while the examples use Ruby. The ideas and concepts expressed in this book have changed my view on OO programming. If anything the book will make you think differently about how to design and develop solutions.
Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your Tests
A light read with each chapter dedicated to a single, focused topic. Many of the ideas are well known practices but with expanded justifications and recommendations.
HTTP The Definitive Guide
The guide to HTTP if you are a developer. Each area is explained from high level concepts down to the nitty gritty details.

Process

Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash
A great summary of applying lean concepts to software development. Much of the content is familiar though the ideas applied to software development makes this book stand out. This acts as a useful refresher for lean processes as well.
The Lean Startup
One of the most inspirational books I've read this year. Full of useful and tested practices that has changed my perspective on beginning a startup. Interestingly much of the advice can be applied to individuals working within larger organizations on smaller projects.