• The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide

  • How to Learn Programming Languages Quickly, Ace Your Programming Interview, and Land Your Software Developer Dream Job
  • By: John Sonmez
  • Narrated by: John Sonmez
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 12-21-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simple Programmer, LLC
  • 4.7 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Technical knowledge alone isn't enough - increase your software development income by leveling up your soft skills

Early in his software developer career, John Sonmez discovered that technical knowledge alone isn't enough to break through to the next income level - developers need "soft skills" like the ability to learn new technologies just in time, communicate clearly with management and consulting clients, negotiate a fair hourly rate, and unite teammates and coworkers in working toward a common goal.

What you will learn in this book:

  • How to systematically find and fill the gaps in your technical knowledge so you can face any new challenge with confidence
  • Should you take contract work - or hold out for a salaried position? Which will earn you more, what the tradeoffs are, and how your personality should sway your choice
  • Should you learn JavaScript, C#, Python, C++? How to decide which programming language you should master first
  • Ever notice how every job ever posted requires "3-5 years of experience," which you don't have? Simple solution for this frustrating chicken-and-egg problem that allows you to build legitimate job experience while you learn to code
  • Is earning a computer science degree a necessity - or a total waste of time? How to get a college degree with maximum credibility and minimum debt
  • Coding boot camps - some are great, some are complete scams. How to tell the difference so you don't find yourself cheated out of $10,000
  • Interviewer tells you, "Dress code is casual around here - the development team wears flipflops." What should you wear?
  • How do you deal with a boss who's a micromanager. Plus how helping your manager with his goals can make you the MVP of your team
  • The technical skills that every professional developer must have - but no one teaches you (most developers are missing some critical pieces, they don't teach this stuff in college, you're expected to just "know" this) 
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  • Npaz
  • duluth, mn United States
  • 12-27-17

Too much promotion

I will not purchase any other products from simpleprogrammer. There may be some good info here but if I make a purchase of a product I don’t expect advertisement throughout for other products.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good read for developers of all experience

I've come to almost the same conclusions when it comes to software development and dealing with people. To name a few:
- your first programming language is not that important
- learning next programming languages is way easier than 1st one
- it's worth invensting in yourself (education, clothes, etc.)
- people judge you by the way you dress (whether you like it or not)
- soft skills are really important for software developers
- in order to advance your career you cannot be "quiet"

What I've learnt:
- it's a good idea to become more popular (blogs, podcasts, talks)
- starting realistic, simple project and sticking to it is better than having many complicated ideas that will never get finished
- as a boss/leader you shouldn't be micromanaging employees

What I didn't like:
- I disagree that it's really that important to have CV prepared by professional company
- I'm not sure about making friends with HR before interview and buying them lunch. In company that I work for all the employees had to go through training that was really against such behaviours
- a little bit too much promotion in my opinion. Author was really honest about this in the book, but I still feel that a lot of time was spent on marketing.

To sum up I've really appreciated this book and I sincerely recommend it.

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John is a Superstar!

I am someone who has spent decades in the industry starting from a contractor with no experience wondering if my basic coding skills would could cut it, through the ranks and a boatload of certs, to now the Vice President of Analytics of a Fortune 500 Company (who still writes code every day) I can tell you that John’s advice is dead on and rock solid.
He is right on the mark that big companies love accredited degrees (yes, blame the HR department). Yes, many alternative paths are available to get degrees these days (if you are motivated and have a bit a coding background take a look at a place called Western Governor’s University). Yes, the 80 20 rule of coding syntax knowledge absolutely applies. Knowledge of business, and the operations of the business you work in are far more valuable than the last few percent of knowledge of the coding language being used. Yes, once you have a reasonable level of technical competence soft skills provide career “afterburners”. If I was forced to take issue with anything, it would be the lack of emphasis he places on SQL.

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  • Mr. A. Patel
  • 12-31-17

Perfect - all the important things in one place.

So well put together, it is clear and to the point for a wide audience.