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Literature for IT specialists. Recommendations

Technologies are moving faster than ever before. Changing skills requirements, but one thing remains unchanged – flexibility and curiosity will always be claimed! 

What factors really have influence on our personality? Is there only one concept, one point of view?

You can like cupcakes, and hate strawberry jam, but you have to try both to understand it.

Self-development and self-education means – lifelong learning.

In New Line Technologies, we made a questionnaire and created a list of literature which is going to help you to improve your skills and learn how to understand and inspire yourself.

In this article, you will find recommendations and a few reviews from our team. From self-help literature and computer science to classical works and novels.

Everyone has to work on themselves, there’s no limit to perfection! Trees grow as high as they can. If people do that, no one would recognize themselves as they used to be, in a good way!

(с) Maksym Vakhtin (3D Artist NLT)

“Elegant Objects”

Author: Egor Bugaenko 

Published: 2018

Genre: IT literature, Computer Science.

It expands the horizon and shows the OOP in a slightly different way. Not about Java. Works for any programmer with an object-oriented programming language.

(с) Nikita Milko (iOS developer NLT)

“Herding Cats: A Primer for Programmers Who Lead Programmers”

Author: J. Hank Rainwater 

Published: 2002

Genre:  IT literature, Computer Science.

“The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering”

Author: Frederick P. Brooks

Published: 1975

Genre: IT literature, Computer Science.

“Grokking Algorithms: An illustrated guide for programmers and other curious people”

Author: Aditya Y. Bhargava

Published: 2017

Genre: IT literature, Computer Science.

An illustrated guide for programmers and amateurs. Easily explained the basic algorithms.

(с) Nikita Milko (iOS developer NLT)

“Manager’s Black Book”

Author: Slava Pankratov

Published: 2011

Genre: IT literature, Management.

“The Willpower Instinct”

Author: Kelly McGonigal 

Published: 2012

Genre: Psychology.

It’s a great book to help everyone figure out “what this is about”. It’s about achieving high goals and high expectations. The theme is as open as possible.

(с) Maksym Vakhtin (3D Artist NLT)

“Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”

Author: Robert B. Cialdini

Published: 1984

Genre: Psychology.

“Nonviolent Communication”

Author: Marshall B.Rosenberg

Published: 2003

Genre: Psychology.

“Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success”

Author: Dan Waldschmidt

Published: 2014

Genre: Psychology.

It is a great story of selflessness, discipline and desire for self-improvement and self-knowledge. Humans are weak and imperfect creatures, but they are capable of much, even without knowing it.

(с) Maksym Vakhtin (3D Artist NLT)

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life”

Author: Mark Manson 

Published: 2016

Genre: Psychology, Self-help books.

Choose the right values. The book is a collection of useful examples and stories from life that should be analyzed and considered. What is happiness for each of us?

(с) Maksym Vakhtin (3D Artist NLT)

“The Best that Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War”

Author: Jacque Fresco 

Published: 2002

Genre: Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy.

“Games people play. The Psychology of Human Relationships”

Author: Eric Berne

Published: 1964

Genre: Psychology, Psychology of communication.

“Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In”

Author: Roger Fisher, William L.Ury, Bruce Patton

Published: 2012

Genre: Psychology, Non-fiction, Business.


Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Published: 2008

Genre: Popular science literature.

Well solved the 10,000-hour theme of becoming a specialist and a professional in what you do, but no one canceled luck either.

(с) Maksym Vakhtin (3D Artist NLT)

“Things to Make an do in the Fourth Dimension. A Mathematician’s Journey through Narcissistic Numbers”

Author: Matt Parker

Published: 2020

Genre: Popular science literature, Mathematics.

“Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different”

Author:  Karen Blumenthal

Published: 2012

Genre: Biography.

Objective, gettable, open-minded. The book is well motivated.

(с) Nikita Milko (iOS developer NLT)

“Atlas Shrugged”

Author: Ayn Rand

Published: 1957

Genre: Novel, Philosophical fiction

The novel had the best effect on my worldview. This book teaches that you must stay your ground and fight your way inspite on all difficulties and people who find your business absurd and sometimes are very annoying. The book also teaches that you can find like-minded people and the most valuable thing is the human mind which is an engine for our world. Finally, this book has many moments of noble human relationships and points that “One shouldn’t be waiting for something”. Everyone has their own area of responsibility.

(с) Evgeniy Chernyshov (iOS developer NLT)


Author: Neal Town Stephenson

Published: 1999

Genre: Novel, Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk.

I read the rest of Neal Stephenson after thith book. It’s all heavy-weighted, good-quality, analytical, fussy and rude humor.

(с) Valeria Shiryaeva (Full Stack developer NLT)

“The Sirens of Titan”

Author: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 

Published: 1959

Genre: Novel, Science fiction.

“The Master and Margarita”

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov 

Published: 1967

Genre: Novel, Fantasy.

“The Idiot”

Author: Dostoevsky Fyodor Mikhailovich

Published: 1868

Genre: Novel.

“The Fountainhead”

Author: Ayn Rand

Published: 1943

Genre: Novel.

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

Author: John Boyne

Published: 2006

Genre: Novel, Historical.

“La Peste”

Author: Albert Camus

Published: 1947

Genre: Philosophical novel.

“Nine Stories”

Author: J.D.Salinger 

Published: 1953

Genre: Short stories.