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19 Best Software Design Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Software Design books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best software design books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1
    The Pragmatic Programmer
    The Mythical Man-Month
  3. 6
    Code Complete
  4. 9
    Working Effectively with Legacy Code
  5. 11
  6. 13
    Programming Pearls
  7. 17
    A Philosophy of Software Design
  8. 19
    Introduction to Algorithms


  • How was this Software Design books list created?

    We searched for 'best Software Design books', found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Software Design books are in this list?

    There are 19 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Software Design books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Software Design books on the internet.

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