Best Programming Books for Beginners

Everyone has a different way of learning, some people like hands-on experience, some like written down content. What if you have no way of doing this as you don’t know what to write, or where to start?

Programming over the last 25 years has become the main framework for most technologies to date, and will only continue to grow in the near future. Learning programming languages like C++, Python, and JavaScript can take months to learn, and years to master. Having a book nearby that you can reference or even thoroughly learn about programming from scratch will prove beneficial in your programming career.

Today, we look at six of the best programming books out there, for beginners who aren’t sure where to start.

1. C++ Programming: A Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide

This first book is a handy book to have when learning the fundamentals of programming, specifically C++ programming. The 157-page book provides step-by-step introductions and learning into programming and C++. Written by a man who has been in the programming field, Alan Grid, the book is carefully constructed not to overwhelm you when you first start reading, but to garner your attention and inspire you to progress onwards with learning C++, and programming in general.

Unfortunately, the book doesn’t have any pictures, so if you’re not a fan of a lot of text, then you might want to take this book slowly to start with. The C++ Programming book isn’t only a great book to have by your side but also works for reference when you’re making an object-oriented program.

Overall, if you’re looking for a book that can teach you the fundamentals of C++, that isn’t too costly and is a good read for programming in general, then the C++ Programming book is possibly one for you to try out.

2. Python Basics and Python Coding Examples: Programming for Beginners

Python is another coding language that is currently blowing up due to the ease of using it. Python is used in many large-scale websites such as Instagram, Google and Netflix all use some variation of Python.

As we’ve mentioned, learning Python isn’t just a walk in the park, but it is straightforward to learn if you put your mind to it. This book, Python Basics, is a great book to have by you when learning how to code in Python. It shows you the fundamentals of how to use Python, from the install to creating logical strings, and operators.

The book is technically two books in one too, as it also comes with a coding examples book, all included. This sub-book contains coding examples for every feature and learning aspect that the main book, Python Basics covers. With that, you will never be unsure of what to do, as you can always consult the examples book if you get stuck.

Again, if you are looking for a fundamentals or basics book for learning Python, then this book would be great to have handy, even if you already know how to use Python. On the plus side, you are also getting two books for the price of one, which will make your wallet happy too.

3. Python and Algorithmic Thinking for Complete Beginners

To follow on from the above book, another book that you might want to consider, is the Python and Algorithmic thinking book, by Aristides S. Bouras. This book has a colossal 690 pages, and each one is filled with detail on how to use Python, and use algorithms for your programming.

The book is thoroughly revised for the latest versions of Python, and this book explains the basic concepts clearly and explicitly that allows you as the student, to learn Python from the very start, and build on your pending knowledge – giving you a significant headstart with Python.

The book has over 450 exercises, 475 true or false questions and over 150 multiple choice questions for you to test your knowledge whilst going through the book. The structure of the book is almost like going back to school, as they’re clear, well-set out and perfect for learning Python, and programming in general.

The book also has a clear way of showing what are Python statements, arguments and keywords format in a particular way, to help you remember them better, making it even easier to learn how to program using Python.

4. 2020 JavaScript Programming for Beginners

A programming language that we’ve not covered yet, but runs in millions of devices and software are JavaScript. JavaScript is one of the main three fundamentals of website development but is used all over using Node.Js implementation.

JavaScript (JS) is a colossal language, with many functions, syntax and object-based orientation that can cause first-time learners to shy away from it. With that being said, learning JS can be simple too, if you take things slow and use a book, like the 2020 JavaScript Programming for Beginners book.

This book, written by an expert JS programmer Robert Kean, is for complete beginners. The book introduces the main components of JavaScript and is continuously expanding on your knowledge throughout the book. Think of the book as an A-to-Z of JS.

Although quite a small book, the book covers all the main fundamentals of the language and gives you time as the learner to re-read sections that may be complex. If you lean JS using this book, you should be able to use one of the most common programming languages in the world.

5. C Programming for Absolute Beginners

This next book is for people who are struggling to get a hold of C. C can be used to write compelling and scalable programs without needing to become a programming master. This C book allows you as the learner to get to grips with C and is very step-by-step in its wording.

Whilst reading through the book, you will learn more about how to organise set programs, how to collect, store and recall/display data. You’ll also get to work with variables, operators, I/O, pointers, and arrays, all of which are the core fundamentals of C.

The authors of the 354-page book, Dean Miller and Greg Perry have stated the C Programs are hard to make, however having this book nearby is a constant reminder that if you ever get stuck, the book will likely have an answer, until you can remember it off by heart.

6. Computer Programming for Beginners: 6 Books in 1

This next book is a mega-book, comprising six different books, compiled into a relatively big book. The 628-page book has the fundamentals of two major programming languages, Python and SQL.

During the Python stages, you will not only learn about the fundamentals of Python, but also why Python has been considered as one of the best programming languages to learn as a beginner, a method developed by John Russel (Author) to get you up and running, and being able to write your own program in less than seven days. The book also has practical exercises throughout the Python sub-section and highlights the benefits of using Python for machine learning.

The SQL section, on the other hand, has a similar structure but focuses on why SQL is one of the most dynamic and stable programming languages, another proven method that can help you learn SQL within seven days, simple techniques on creating and administering databases, as well as eight effective ways that SQL can be used for during your programming career.

For the price of the book, and the experience and knowledge that you gain, buying this book should be a no-brainer.


All in all, if you’re a beginner learning to program using any of these languages, then one of the books should be beneficial for your learning journey. If these books don’t look like they will help you to learn the programming language, they may help you as references down the line, to ensure that you always have a backup if you get stuck.


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