Sunday, April 12, 2015

Top 10 Computer and Technology Books You Should Check Out

Below is TechFriendly’s listing for the top 10 books related to computers and technology that are worth checking out.

1. Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. This is an unauthorized biography of the man who has given us much of the technology we have today, from Apple computers to iPods, iPads, and iPhones. New details are provided in the book that makes this biography of Steve Jobs different from the others. The book provides a balanced and critical view of Jobs that many will find refreshing, praising him for his accomplishments yet being critical of his failings.

2. Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book that Inspired the Film “The Imitation Game” by Andrew Hodges and Douglas Hofstadter.  For those who do not know, Alan Turing was a famous mathematician who helped save the allies from the Nazis by cracking the German’s Enigma machine code. By doing so, he laid the foundation for modern computer science. This book serves as a biography of Turing, and is considered one of best scientific biographies ever written.

3. The Personal Internet Address & Password Logbook by Peter Pauper Press. This is the modern day equivalent to a telephone address book except this is for keeping username and passwords stored for the many different websites you visit. The book is organized in alphabetic order tabs and has 144 pages in spiral bound format to meet your organizing needs.

4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: This was the first biography about Steve Jobs published after his death and instantly became a best seller. Jobs helped with the content of this book via more than 40 interviews conducted with him over the last 2 years of his life.  While a great book, if you are looking for a more balanced and thorough accounting, see the 1st book on Steve Jobs listed above.

5. Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions by Gayle McDowell. This is the gold standard book to help you prepare for a job interview in the software developer industry. Over 500 pages, this deeply technical book is designed to help you excel at that interview. The author has experience at interviews at Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon and served on Google’s hiring committee.

6. How Google Works
by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. Two Google executives provide an entertaining inside view on how they helped build one of the biggest technology companies and how they focus on innovation. Numerous inside tidbits about Google are shared in this book for the first time.

7. Learn Python in One Day and Learn It Well by Jamie Chan. This book helps you learn Python computer programming language by breaking down complex concepts in simple step by step instructions. The book is designed for novices and is widely regarded as easy to understand such that you can begin coding immediately.

8. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
by Walter Isaacson. Following the Steve Jobs book listed above, Isaacson wrote this book which tells the history of computers and the internet.  Many famous stories are told such as those of Alan Turing, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and Larry Page.

9. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald. This book tells the story of how Glenn Greenwald went to Hong Kong to meet with Eric Snowden, who revealed classified information about U.S. government spying on other world leaders and within the U.S.

10. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. This book discusses the rise of Jeff Bezos and This is the first in-dept look into the Amazon business culture based on the author’s access to Amazon employees and family members of Jeff Bezos. The book has been selected as the best of the year by several organizations and is considered a top investigative journalism book.

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