Why Developers Should Read Books

Learn today, lead tomorrow

Ben "The Hosk" Hosking
6 min readMay 15, 2024
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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body — Joseph Addison

Many developers today want to take the shortcut to mastery, find a solution on the internet. Acquiring new knowledge, skills, expertise, knowledge and experience makes tomorrow easier for a developer.

  1. Learning from the success and failures of others means you don’t need to make the mistakes yourself
  2. Broaden your knowledge and views
  3. Reading involves thinking to understand what you have read and how to implement it.
  4. Reading books unrelated to technology can give you different insights

Learning compounds over time, investing in yourself, is the best investment you can make. Developers are assessed on the quality of their decisions


“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren reads — and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a…



Ben "The Hosk" Hosking

Technology philosopher | Software dev → Solution architect | Avid reader | Life long learner