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When starting your journey into learning web development, finding the right resources are very important. There are several other articles and reviews where I show you the best resources and online courses to take.
Everyone has different learning styles, some prefer online courses in text, some prefer video tutorials, and there are many people that still love the appeal of learning from books.
In my own journey, I combined all forms of learning. No matter what your preferred style of learning, there are a few books that I believe everyone should own.
In this article, I will start with the books every beginner should own as a backup resource regardless of how you are learning to code. I will then show you some awesome mid-level and advanced books to use as you progress.
This will assist you in having a hands-on resource and it will really help when you start coding on your own and need a quick reference about HTML tags or CSS properties.
You can never have enough learning resources, especially when it comes to learning web development. In this digital world, e-books are very popular, and I own many myself, but I think there is something special about owning a physical book.
Whether you get the digital version or an actual hardcopy, make sure you have these gems on your shelf…
Books For Newbies
The first book I have to suggest is a line of books written by Jon Duckett. These first two books, in particular, helped me so much in the beginning when I was learning the basics.
This gem is a must-have for those just getting started in learning web development. It covers everything you could possibly need to know about the basics of HTML and CSS.
Not only does it breakdown all the concepts in a digestible, easy to read fashion, it is also very visual and includes many vivid images with code blocks.
This book is great for referencing back to when you are trying to get the basics down without always coding along with tutorials. The formatting of this book is very user-friendly, as you can see here:
I think everyone beginning to learn to code should have this book on their shelf. Get your copy today, you can see the details here:
Just like with Duckett’s HTML and CSS book, this one is even more detailed naturally, as it dives into more advanced concepts. The formatting and image quality are great just like his first book.
I recommend you get a copy of this book even if you aren’t at that level in learning quite yet, as it is usually more affordable to buy these two books as a package deal.
If you would like more information on this book or the bundle with both together, just click the link below:
Books For Mid-level To Advanced
This section is the books I recommend for the mid-level to the advanced and also general career advice for an aspiring web developer or programmer.
For Developers wanting to learn PHP and MySQL, Jon Duckett also has a great book that matches the same style as the last two with great information and vivid images and examples.
If you are currently learning PHP and MySQL, or are planning to in the future you should definitely have this one in your collection as well.
There are also bundles that let you buy all three together for a better price. You just can’t go wrong with Jon Duckett’s line of books and I recommend them to everyone. For more information check out the link below:
This book is a gem, and I enjoyed reading it on my kindle. Though I skimmed parts of the book because I wasn’t focused on learning Python development at the time, It is perfect for anyone wanting to see what it is like to progress as a web developer in the industry.
It goes over a lot of Python-related programming, so anyone learning Python would enjoy this book even more.
Even if you are just getting started, this is a great overview perspective from someone who has gone through all the stages of learning and advancement as a career.
There is something in this book for every kind of developer or programmer, for more information check the link below:
Whether you are taking an online course or following along with tutorials on youtube, these books will help you by having an in-hand resource to refer back to.
Many of these selections are tutorials within themselves and you can learn the basics all the way through advanced with only the book itself.
If you have read and completed any of these selections please leave a comment about your favorites and how it helped you. I know they have been an invaluable resource for me in my beginning stages.
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