• 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 Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-21-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simple Programmer, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (125 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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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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Excellent! Highly recommended audiobook!

I am a novice programmer, with almost a year of experience in Autonomous Driving Systems Manual Test Engineering/ QA. This audio book is great! The information John provided hit every point; answering a number of questions I had as I plan my learning path in python programming and preparing my career in development. I was even able to use John’s teachings in the operations of my tattoo studio, and project management for my content writing business. I am very entrepreneurial; this book and John’s information filled website helped me fill some holes with many questions answered! I have recommended this book to a number of tech savvy comrades.

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Be a finished guy!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sure. All software developer should read it once. But I highly recommended the beginner to do so. So many useful suggestions and methodology.

What did you like best about this story?

Start blogging and YouTubing at begin. So few people would visit. But u should keep going, keep going and keep going. Don't let u untrust urself.

What about John Sonmez’s performance did you like?

Pretty like it. It might be only one whose author is the storyteller.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Always starting small and consistent!

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Wow this was written just for me

Ok not really but it could have been! It was exactly what I needed. I have been struggling with knowing how to take the first steps down this career I desperately wanted to be apart of. After listening to this book I feel like I finally have a direction and know how to get started and steps along the way so I don’t start spinning my wheels in any way. I can’t recommend this book more than the author but I would like to. If you are on the fence about buying this book give it a shot because it is so worth it! I promise you won’t regret it!

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Enjoyed it and taking action now

To be short, the book is great. I can just stop there and go take action like John says

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Take action

The most important thing that this book preaches is the value of taking action. Start a blog, a youtube channel, finish projects. Do. A lot.

Loved it!

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loved it.

exceptional energy from the author/narrator. great career / life advice for beginners and seasoned veterans of the coding world.

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Awesome is a must to read for every developer

I couldn't stop listening. John has touched most of the situation I've experienced during my career as developer.

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Life changing experience !

A must read for the software developers out there !! Covers almost everything you would need to know.

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This book should always be with you..

Get both audio and hardcover you'll need both throughout your journey as a software developer. Don't listen to the negative reviews about the stuff he recommends and advertises there's a chapter where he explains he makes nothing off this book. This book has a lot of info so get the hardcover if you can you'll need.

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  • Flavio F.
  • 03-27-18

amazing book

Amazing narrator! The book was amazing.
The only thing that I got sad about was when I reached the end.

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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.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 02-10-18

Awsome

Awsome book l. I highly encourage every programmer beginner or expert to read it. It has a lot of good tips to start and advance your career.