What's the best book for learning to program?

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Here are some great free books that will help you learn programming:


Eloquent Javascript is modern introduction to programming and JavaScript by Marijn Haverbeke. There is also an annotated version of Eloquent JavaScript by Gordon Zhu.


JavaScript for Cats by Max Ogden is an introduction for new programmers that is so easy your human companion could do it too!


You Don't Know JS is a series of books by Kyle Simpson that dive deep into the core mechanisms of the JavaScript language.


Human JavaScript by Henrik Joreteg is a book about a specific set of tools, patterns, and approaches optimized for people.


Speaking JavaScript by Axel Rauschmayer was written to help programmers learn JavaScript quickly and properly, and also to deepen your existing skills and/or look up specific topics.


Exploring ES6 covers ECMAScript 6 in great detail, but is structured so that you can also quickly get an overview if you want to.


JavaScript Allonge by Reginald Braithwaite covers functional programming in JavaScript.


JavaScript Spessore by Reginald Braithwaite is written for the reader who has read JavaScript Allongé. It covers functions, closures, and prototypes.


What is Code? is an interactive essay by Paul Ford on what code is and why it's important.


Professor Frisby's Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming covers functional programming in JavaScript.


Programming JavaScript Applications by Eric Elliot focuses on intermediate JavaScript coding.

These should get you going. If you want some additional free resources, like podcasts and videos, check out this blog post: 25 Free Resources for New JavaScript Developers.

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