I’ve started putting together a list of the “core” books I recommend for people interested in exploring different facets of our field. I certainly don’t think you need to read all of them to be a capable software professional; rather it is the list I would put together if asked about how to learn more about specific areas.
This list came about because after compiling similar lists two or three times over the years in various places and formats, I’m following good development practice and factoring it out for reuse and sharing.
You can find the list itself here.
The list is far from complete; in fact today I’m starting with just one area: the culture and history of our field. Over time I will add sections on technical system design and architecture; project and people management; data visualization, information presentation, and user experience design; etc. Let me know if there are areas you want covered, or if you have recommendations of your own!