To become a good software developer you need to learn a few more skills than just the abilities to read and write code.  To become a freelance software developer the need to learn more skills is amplified.  Not only do you need to have the ability to learn the latest new tool, framework or methodology on the market you need to be able to implement it overnight.  Everyday is a school day!

In today’s complex business environment, software has become more than just a bit of code sitting on a server somewhere. It has become the thing that actually creates businesses,  supports businesses and actually the life blood of most businesses.  The days of just sitting in the corner and cranking out some code have long gone, the average software engineer needs to know more than just being able to debug code and implement some groovy algorithm.

Software is used to solve business problems and overcome challenges faced by organizations on a daily basis. If you have no concept of what these challenges are or the causes you’ll have no idea on how to fix them.   To be a valuable asset to any organisation or customer you will need to able to prove you know more than just cranking out some code.  You should be able to prove that making an investment in you and your skills will be a lucrative one.

To help you meet these challenges and to effectively get you on the road to becoming more than just a code monkey for hire I have compiled a list of all the books,  videos,  websites,  tools,  frameworks etc. that I have personally used over the years.

Ultimate list of Geek books

The best way to learn is by reading. I read a lot and I generally try and read at least 2-3 books a month.  Some months I’ll pick a particular theme, for instance learning a new skill ,  others I’ll read anything that my take my fancy, from fiction to non-fiction.  Below is a selection of my favourite books according to interests.

I will endeavour over time to update these lists.

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