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Books about programming as a career

Computer programming as an art and a science was developed in the United States. IBM, Burroughs, General Electric, RCA, Univac, Microsoft, Apple and other computer giants inspired thousands of Americans to enter a career in computer programming. American creativity, optimism and risk-taking brought the United States to the primary position in IT in the world.

The current climate in the United States is not encouraging to young people who would aspire to a career in program development and to those who have already made it a career. Here are some books that will help those who have a career in IT or wish to have one.
This page was last updated January 04 2014.

[Rise & Resurrection of the American Programmer]
Rise & Resurrection of the American Programmer

By Edward Yourdon

We are waiting patiently for the rise and resurrection of the American programmer. From all appearances, this is not in process of happening.
Inspect/Order Rise & Resurrection of the American Programmer from Amazon.com

[Decline and Fall of the American Programmer ]
Decline and Fall of the American Programmer

By Edward Yourdon

Published in 1993 this book asks American companies to implement object oriented methods, CASE tools, software quality assurance, structured methods, software metrics, and re-engineering, as a way of preventing the loss of jobs to outsourcing.
Inspect/order Decline and Fall of the American Programmer from Amazon.com

[How to Become a Highly Paid Corporate Programmer]
How to Become a Highly Paid Corporate Programmer

By Paul H. Harkins

Advice for programmers on how to be successful in a corporate culture.
Inspect/Order How to Become a Highly Paid Corporate Programmer from Amazon.com

[Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think]
Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think

By Andy Oram

How expert programmers create excellent, working, efficient code that solves the problem at hand in an elegant manner.
Inspect/Order Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think from Amazon.com

[The Career Programmer]
The Career Programmer: Guerilla Tactics for an Imperfect World, Second Edition

By Christopher Duncan

How creative, talented programmers meet the challenges of impossible deadlines, incompetent management, and corporate politics.
Inspect/order The Career Programmer from Amazon.com

[Working Among Programmers]
Working Among Programmers: A Field Guide to the Software World

By Bruce Taylor

What it is like to be a computer programmer. The human side of programming.
Inspect/Order Working Among Programmers from Amazon.com

[The Psychology of Computer Programming]
The Psychology of Computer Programming

By Gerald M. Weinberg

This classic book has been republished. Read it for valuable insights into the nature of programming. The book is readable and entertaining. What has been added is Weinberg's comments that relate the content of the book to today's world.
Inspect/Order The Psychology of Computer Programming from Amazon.com

[The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition]
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition

By Frederick P. Brooks

A classic book on managing software development projects. Recall one of the most noteworthy axioms: "Assigning more programmers to a project running behind schedule, may make it even more late."
Inspect/order The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition from Amazon.com

[Programming Interviews Exposed]
Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job

By John Mongan

How to ace the programming job interview.
Inspect/Order Programming Interviews Exposed from Amazon.com

[My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job]
My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job

By Chad Fowler

Adapting to the changes occuring rapidly in the world of IT development. Maintaining your skills.
Inspect/Order My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job from Amazon.com

[Exporting America]
Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas

By Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs tells it like it is. How the pursuit of cheap labor causes the loss of large numbers of jobs. He offers sound ideas for reversing the course.
Inspect/order Exporting America from Amazon.com

[What's This India Business?]
What's This India Business?: Offshoring, Outsourcing, and the Global Services Revolution

By Paul Davies

Software development in India is here to stay. Get used to it.
Inspect/Order What's This India Business? from Amazon.com

[Dude, Did I Steal Your Job]
Dude, Did I Steal Your Job? Debugging Indian Computer Programmers

By Chad Fowler

Learn to like the people who are now working at the jobs that we used to have.
Inspect/Order Dude, Did I Steal Your Job from Amazon.com

[Bringing the Jobs Home]
Bringing the Jobs Home: How the Left Created the Outsourcing Crisis--and How We Can Fix It

By Lou Dobbs

It started with IT, then went to radiologists and call centers. How laws favor the loss of American jobs.
Inspect/order Bringing the Jobs Home from Amazon.com

[Rising Elephant]
Rising Elephant: The Growing Clash With India Over White- Collar Jobs and its Challenge to America and the World

By Ashutosh Sheshabalaya

India is becoming the world's next super economic power. How India has become successful in transferring jobs from the United States.
Inspect/Order Rising Elephant from Amazon.com

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