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10 Books Every Java Developer Should Read

I have read my share of software development books and I have noticed that it is very rare to find a book which I want to read more than once.

However, once in a while I find a book which teaches me new things every time when I read it. This blog post is a tribute to these rare gems.

And now, without further delay, I present to you ten books which have earned a special place in my bookshelf:

This list is based on my (subjective) opinion and it is very likely that your list will look completely different. If you think that I missed a book which should be in this list, share your opinion in the comment section.

Reference: 10 Books Every Java Developer Should Read from our JCG partner Petri Kainulainen at the Petri Kainulainen blog.

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Petri Kainulainen

Petri is passionate about software development and continuous improvement. He is specialized in software development with the Spring Framework and is the author of Spring Data book.
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9 years ago

Thanks for this list, I’m just looking forward to read some of them I didn’t even know.

Petri Kainulainen
8 years ago

You are welcome! I am happy to hear that this blog post was useful to you.

8 years ago

there’s been like 10 different lists like this out there already

Petri Kainulainen
8 years ago
Reply to  asdf

Thank you for your comment!

I think that the most important word of your comment is: different. I have read quite many blog posts like this, and I think that the value of these blog posts is that they showcase different books. There are two reasons for this:

1) Different people value different books.
2) There are many tech books out there and it is impossible to read all of them.

I like these blog posts because they help me to add new books to my reading list.

8 years ago

Hi, I see that you mentioned it’s a subjective list based on your opinion. But I am curious to know what you think of Head first Java, SCJP by Kathy Sierra, Head first design patterns books. Thank you.

5 years ago

Hi Petri. Great fan here. One highly recommended book is “Release It!” By Michael T. Nygard. Every developer should read it at least once in his life

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