10 Best Web Development Books

This is my list of the 10 best web development books. These are the pillar books that have helped me understand the basics of web development that every developer should read. They are listed here in no particular order.

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

by Jon Duckett


The Book in Three Sentences: One of the best books covering HTML and CSS, two building blocks to web development. A straight-forward how-to and reference book that includes plenty of examples and in-depth information.

Don’t Make Me Think

by Steve Krug

Print | eBook

The Book in Three Sentences: This is a gem of a book on thinking deeply about usability and accessibility. Much of this book may seem like common sense, but that’s because it is! The less we make our users think, the better user experiences they have.

JavaScript: The Good Parts

by Douglas Crockford

Print | eBook

The Book in Three Sentences: From the creator of JSON(JavaScript Object Notation) himself, a short book describing what parts of the language should be used and which you should avoid. This book approaches JavaScript in a completely different way than others. This will make you think differently about the language after you read it.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

by David Flanagan

Print | eBook

The Book in Three Sentences: Also known as “The Rhino Book” by many programmers, this is considered the bible of JavaScript. This book is packed full of information you can use today, and information you’ll need when you start building your own JavaScript libraries and frameworks.