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Ten Best Programming Books for Beginners 2021

Call me old fashioned.

Few things feel better in my hands than a printed, perfect bound, glossy-covered, programming book. 

When I started coding in 1986 at the age of twelve, the only way to learn to code was from books.  I was the kid, by the pool at my Grandmother's reading Programming the Commodore 64 (highly recommended) or the ever-popular Creating Arcade Games on the Commodore 64

I guess old habits die hard, because, today, in the age of Kindle, and online courses, my go-to is still a printed book for learning.  I still have a room full of printed books, and buy new ones each week.

Regardless of whether you read printed books or the kindle version, programming books can be enormously helpful in learning to code.  

These are the Ten Best Programming Books for Beginners:

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JavaScript Projects for Beginners

 

Projects are a great way to improve skills for new developers. Often coding skills are taught in isolation-- and it's difficult to integrate different skills to solve real coding problems. That's where projects come in. In this article, we'll list a number of JavaScript Projects for Beginners that are both fun to build, and that you'll learn from.

Why Build JavaScript Projects?

Aside from the educational value of building projects, there are practical reasons to build projects. Perhaps the most important reason is to build a portfolio of work that potential employers or recruiters can use to assess your skills and learning progress. 

I recommend JavaScript (and related technologies HTML and CSS) for building your portfolio not just because it's the most deployed language in the world, but because it's universal.  Potential employers will be able to see the result right on their laptop or mobile device.  

When it comes to portfolios there are actually two types of...

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How to Become a Web Developer: A Guide for Beginners

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How to Become a Web Developer-- The Basics

The opportunities for programmers in the coming decade have been discussed over and over in popular media. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, web development jobs will grow twice as fast as average.  That means lots and lots of new jobs in the field. 

Web developer jobs are actually the largest segment of jobs in coding. There is a significant crossover between web development jobs and many mobile development jobs. Many mobile apps are created with similar technologies to web sites. For example, React, a popular JavaScript library has a popular cousin named React Native, which is used for mobile development.

Since web development is the most prevalent field in software development it is the most approachable field for those new to development. There are many entry-level web development jobs posted on Indeed and other technical job sites.  Web developers are well paid, jobs are plentiful, and the rate of...

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