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Best Web Development Books for Beginners

Let’s face it! Web development is a tricky job. While some of the geniuses make it look like a walk in the park, there are others like me who require a little aid. I always love to refer to physical books than virtual ones and the following were my go-to books when I was just a beginner in the field.

Kyle Simpson’s You Don’t Know JS


There are gazillion books about JavaScript in the market. But what makes You Don’t Know JS by Kyle Simpson special is the simplicity of the language used. I highly recommend this book for beginners as there is literally no other book that explains things in such a simple manner. You Don’t Know JS is infact not a single book, but a series of 6 small books that you can read online or even purchase if you love collecting books like me.

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Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think

This book is a great choice for beginners as it provides a really good introduction into the world of website making. It offers a very good explanation about UX (user experience) and how to make people fall in love with your websites. Want to make amazing websites?- this book is for you.

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Jon Duckett’s HTML & CSS, and JavaScript & JQuery

These are among the most popular books in the market, and rightfully so. Most programming books are too bland and boring while these books by Jon Duckett have many graphics to explain concepts. So, obviously you don’t need to think twice about buying when there is an interesting graphic filled book on programming. According to me, this is a must-have for every programmer out there.

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Marijn Haverbeke’s Eloquent JavaScript (3rd Edition)

Eloquent JavaScript is one of the bestselling JavaScript books currently. You can start with basics and move up to more complex concepts using this book. As opposed to many other books that focus on either the basics or more complex concepts, Marijn Haverbeke’s book offers both. Hence, this will be a good addition to your collection whether you are a beginner or a pro.
The book contains many code examples and mini-projects. The 3 rd edition is updated with ES6 and a chapter on Node.js as well.

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Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit

You must be wondering what this book is doing in the list. This is not a book on web
development. But being a web developer doesn’t just involve learning codes, it is important to work on your life habits too. This book teaches about how to work more efficiently and improve one’s life habits. The book offers a very good read and surely can help you develop some good habits.

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Robert Martin’s The Clean Coder

Robert Martin’s book basically deals with the importance of working ethically. He  also gives amazing tips on how to excel in your job and make a dream career. The book is written from a software developer’s view but nevertheless, I find it helpful for just about anyone. If you want some insights on how to achieve success in your career, I’d highly recommend this book.

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Cal Newport’s Deep Work

This is yet another useful book for web developers as well as anyone who requires the mental focus of long durations in their work. Cal Newport teaches you how to focus and even suggests removing elements that hinder you from reaching your goals. Deep work is truly a deep dive into the human mind and surely, will help one learn how to focus and achieve more through ultra- focusing.

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Ajith Jojo

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