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[–] germinator 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

There are already some great comments here, but I will add a little more. I have worked with many new programmers, the ones who are college educated are not always the best. Some schools teach a lot of theory but don't really teach the pupil to design/engineer/program.

I can recommend three books that can help you be a better programmer, even if it is just opening your eyes to other ideas in programming.

Check out:

  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) - free
  • Code Complete
  • Clean Code