This description isn’t only apt for programmers, I would apply it to engineers who regularly write programming code for their applications. It describes a journey of a programmer who goes through the following stages:
- Enthusiastic Newbie
- Budding Genius
- Abstraction Freak
On second thought, I think the journey describes any engineer.
If you’re looking for programming books, I tend to like the O’reilly series. Good editing, clear examples, and they really cover the gamut. Check out the cover of the Learning Perl, 5th Edition
, and see if you aren’t attracted to the retro look.