I know, I know. You’re here looking for the best programming book for beginners (if you came here from Google). The one book to rule them all, as it were.
I wish I could give you that. I wish anyone could.
But here’s the thing. Programming is so involved — so complex — that anyone offering a book like that is selling you snake oil.
There are bootcamps and 4 year CS degrees dedicated to preparing you for a programming career. No one book is going to stand in for that. And that applies even if you’re looking for a hobby, rather than a career.
So what I’ll do in this post is make some book recommendations. By the end, I’ll offer a lot of those.
But first, I’ll do something you won’t see in other posts about beginner programmer books. I’ll give you a definitive sequence of books to read along with an explanation of why these books, in this order. Then, I’ll offer the obligatory, “here’s all kinds of books you could read.”