25+ Programming Books for Free! [PDF]

Continuing with part of our work, we have created a select list of free books on Programming, so that you can immerse yourself in this technological world of great interest and wide application. All and each one of the texts that integrate our list, are books in PDF format to facilitate the access to these as well as their portability.

A programming language consists of a set of grammar rules that a person must use in order to write a set of commands in a structured way. These commands will be read and interpreted by the computer to execute the instructions given by the programmer.

The action of writing these instructions in some programming language is known as programming. And all the instructions together are called a program.

Nowadays, programming is implicit in hundreds of systems, devices and objects that make people’s lives considerably easier. Banking systems, shopping systems in physical stores or on websites, the Internet of things, scientific research, artificial intelligence, all this and much more has a program behind it.

For the development of the programs it is possible to make use of some of the programming languages that exist, such as C, C++, Java, Javascript, Python, PHP, Swift, Matlab, etc. Each of these languages facilitates the development of certain applications

We have even included books in Spanish and Portuguese in our list so that you can choose the language of your preference. It is important to note that each and every one of the books that make up our selection are free of authorship or have been assigned for free distribution.

In our collection of more than 25 books on Programming in PDF format, you can learn in detail everything about this fascinating and useful world. You will discover the history of the first programs, which are the most used programming languages, what they are used for, how they are classified, how to start programming, etc.

Programming Languages Books

1) The A-Z of Programming Languages

Computerworld

Source: Institute of Mathematics and Informatics

2) Programming Languages: Application and Interpretation

Shriram Krishnamurthi

Source: Eli Barzilay

C# and C++ Books

There are families where there are fraternal/identical twins, which tend to be very similar in everything, although the younger one usually stands out sometimes in relation to the older one. The same happens with the programming languages C# and C++, which are practically the same, with very slight differences.

Now, both languages were created by Microsoft, and provide great power when programming, allowing the developer to go down to the point of assembly, however they have a deficiency, and that is that the lines of code are almost endless, and each one must be used by platform.

The main difference between both, or the reason why C++ was created, was so that it had the necessary mechanisms to manipulate objects that C# didn’t have, thus making it a multi-paradigm language.

Java Books

What is Java? It is one of the most known programming languages, its use is practically universal, if you have a computer you need to have Java installed, otherwise many applications will not work.

It is used to create applications and processes in many devices, including Android and IOS, but that is extremely little, its usefulness goes much further, to the point of being used in household appliances as well. Knowledge of Java is very useful, since in today’s programming world there are many things you can do, from creating computer-oriented games, to specific programs that benefit third parties.

It is also used by many programmers to create small applications that can be inserted into the HTML code of a page, so that it can be executed from a browser.

9) Introduction to Programming Using Java

David J. Eck

Source: IIT Kanpur

Javascript Books

JavaScript is often confused with Java, but the reality is that they are two very different platforms, and for different purposes, the particularity of JavaScript is that you can work on the object, while Java is done over the object.

It is a programming language that allows complex activities to be carried out on a web page, such as displaying not static content, but second and third dimensional graphic animations, which is very useful and necessary in the optimization of portals.

However, in order to use JavaScript, developers must have previous knowledge of programming such as HTML and CSS, since they are necessary as one works, and one depends on the other, separately they would simply be lines of code with no defined direction.

10) Eloquent JavaScript

Marijn Haverbeke

Source: Eloquent JavaScript

11) JavaScript for beginners

Daniel Winterstein

Source: Daniel Winterstein

Matlab Books

Probably you have had the opportunity to use Matlab at some point in your studies or work as a programmer, if it was that way you surely were delighted with the results, being able to visualize metrics, conversions, leads, in a graphic and attractive way is the best.

Matlab has that capacity, being a set of programs oriented to mathematical calculations allows the creation and visualization of the results in graphs that the same system provides, you just have to choose the presentation, and this is to the user’s liking.

It is the language by excellence used by statisticians around the world. Its expansion and usefulness is such that it serves in application areas including signal and image processing, control system design, financial engineering and medical research.

12) Introduction to Matlab for engineering students

David Houcque

Source: Northwestern Engineering

13) A Beginner’s Guide to Matlab

Christos Xenophontos

Source: Loyola University Maryland

14) MATLAB Quick Reference

Eric Peasley

Source: University of Oxford

Objetive-C Books

Among the programming languages there are many that are Mac-oriented, but among the most prominent is Objective-C which is used in most of the applications used in Apple.

It is based on a language derived from C, with the difference that it has been given the ability of object oriented programming, something very similar to what was done with C++.

For every programmer, handling Objective-C represents an attraction in its abilities, since it opens doors in the immense world of open source, which has become one of the most popular due to its freedoms of use. You can basically develop anything you want, from applications to programs.

15) Objective-C for Experienced Programmers (Presentation)

Venkat Subramaniam

Source: Agile Developer

16) Introduction to Objective-C (Presentation)

Kenneth M. Anderson

Source: University of Colorado Boulder

PHP Books

Nowadays there are many online tools that are used to create websites from scratch, and all of them have been directed to people who do not have the slightest idea what programming is, they simply have to place images, click here, click there, and that’s it, you have a website created.

However, behind these tools there is a programming language, which is called PHP, and is responsible for thousands of pages that exist on the Internet. It has the particularity of being free license, which indicates that any programmer can use it for free for specific purposes.

It is oriented only to the creation of pages, to its optimization, and adaptation of dynamic elements such as two and three dimensional animations, insertion of videos, etc.

17) PHP Reference: Beginner to Intermediate PHP5

Mario Lurig

Source: PHP Reference Book Blog

18) PHP Tutorial From beginner to master

IT present

Source: IT present

19) PHP Programming

Cardiff University

Source: Cardiff University

Python Books

Python is a programming language widely used nowadays, it is one of the most demanded due to its open source language, it is oriented to the creation of high level objects, and it has a great advantage over other languages, which is its code readability.

As it is an interpreted language, its syntax is much simpler and closer to human logic, allowing its code to be more readable and easier to generate, debug and maintain.

It is a free software and that is already the best that can be obtained, it allows the freedom to use the program with any purpose, you can adapt it to your needs, create software and sell it, as well as create games for personal and commercial use.

20) A Practical Introduction to Python Programming

Brian Heinold

Source: Brian Heinold’s Webpage

21) Python for Everybody

Charles R. Severance

Source: Charles R. Severance

22) Think Python

Allen Downey

Source: Green Tea Press

R Books

R is the derivation of a programmatic language called “s”, and it was created with the purpose of being used in statistics, since it allows the manipulation of data quickly and accurately. Among one of the current programs that are based on R is Microsoft Excel, surely you know it and have used it.

With R you can work easily thanks to the creation of scripts that automatize processes such as: reading data or doing operations with them.

It has an advanced capacity as far as graphing is concerned, allowing to make all type of graphs and dashboards, which are extremely useful at the time of presenting results. Many web pages have this language inserted, especially those that present statistics to their users in real time.

Swift Books

Swift is a programming language created by Apple. Since its invention in 2014 it began to gain followers, wherefore in its short trajectory of life, it has become as popular and in demand as Python.

It is an open source language, and is also general-purpose. This means that its functions are not limited to doing one thing, in it you can develop applications for mobile phones, tablets, Mac devices, video games, etc.

Other features to highlight, is that Swift is very safe, is fast, has the ability to self-manage its memory, facilitating storage and debugging, has error control and can be used in Linux, the main competition of Windows.

25) Swift Documentation

LLVM project

Source: Read the Docs

26) A Swift Tutorial

The Swift Parallel Scripting Language

Source: The Swift Parallel Scripting Language

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