I'd recommend Steve McConnell's Code Complete
. While merlyn
's Learning Perl
got me started in programming, Code Complete
turned me from a beginning programmer into a professional (of sorts), even though it generally deals with languages I rarely use. The Pragmatic Programmer
is another excellent book... but you've already got that. :)
Also, I've rarely had to come up with algorithms on my own, since there are such nice algorithm books out there.