The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally

The Self-Taught Programmer: The Definitive Guide to Programming Professionally
By Cory Althoff

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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 II 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. I divided the book 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. Learn 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?

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #23031 in Books
  • Published on: 2017-01-24
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x .68" w x 7.50" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 299 pages

Editorial Reviews


"I always keep a few copies of The Self-Taught Programmer around to give to anyone that comes to me for career advice."
--Robin Abrams, Board Member, HCL Technologies, FactSet Research, Lattice Semiconductor and Sierra Wireless

"I am incredibly impressed with this book." 
--JoAnn Buchanan, Senior Research Associate, Allen Institute for Brain Science

"Learning to program is increasingly important in finance. Althoff's book taught me the skills I need to stay competitive." 
--Derek Schaefer, Senior Finance Manager, Charles Schwab

"The Self-Taught Programmer was a pleasure to read--something I never thought I would say about a technical book."
--Melinda Sacks, Former Writer, Editor, San Jose Mercury News

From the Author

I spent one year writing The Self-Taught Programmer. It was an exciting and rewarding experience. I treated my book like a software project. After I finished writing it, I created a program to pick out all of the code examples from the book and execute them in Python to make sure all 300+ examples worked properly. Then I wrote software to add line numbers and color to every code example. Finally, I had a group of 200 new programmers "beta read" the book to identify poorly explained concepts and look for any errors my program missed.  

Every paperback copy of The Self-Taught Programmer is printed in full-color. It is easier to read code when it is in color, so I was determined to print the paperback version in color instead of black and white.

I hope you learn as much reading my book as I did writing it. Best of luck with your programming! 

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Great insight into the idea that code programing is only about 40% of the job
By Michael in Fort Worth.
I studied programing not the support needed to be a programmer. Without the support systems mentioned coding is one dimension only. With this book the three with all color not just black and white are in focus. Great job!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Zack Nammari
It is a good book, it teach you the basic and essential programming in a simple and clear way

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Thomas Arbogast
Great programmers Self Taught and easy to understand.

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