• 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 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (953 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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The Complete Bro-grammer's Career Guide

It's nice to have all of this information condensed in one source but it is all very superficial and nothing that you can't find on free blogs and message boards. Most of it is just common sense and he comes off as really arrogant and pushes his other books on you. What really lost my interest was when he compared selling yourself for an internship to imposing yourself on women to get a date. He claims to be a dating coach (what can't this douche do?) and says that all women are secretly wanting you to impose on them, that they secretly want you even though they say no. As a single women with lots of female friends I can assure you that if a woman gives you signals that she's not interested, she is definitely not interested. This belief perpetuates rape culture and is completely false. Women are not fickle mysterious creatures. We are straight forward human beings if you listen and pay attention. Yes, if you are super pushy and a narcissist that doesn't take no for an answer then eventually you will find someone who will give in. I would not recommend this asshole approach for selling yourself as a future employee or as a romantic partner.

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Less Learning, and More Self-Help

This book is a collection of stories that have nothing to do with the practical application of how to's and where to start. It's more about you can do it and don't give up. Waste of money, grab code complete instead.

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Gimmicky and obnoxious

Had such a hard time getting past all the egomaniac self promotion so I figured I should go check out the links he is spending half the audio promoting... wow what a rude awakening it was to see what kind of creep he is with his “bulldog mindset”. I have returned the book. No way I want advice from this kind of person.

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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.

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not worth your time

very repetitive and low quality information. This book is garbage. You can find all this information on just about any internet search, save yourself the time in listening to this and practice coding instead.

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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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Rambling with product placement ads throughout

Wanted to like this title, but did not.

Reasons why:

1) Other products promoted throughout the book. This isn't smart marketing; it's bad writing.
2) Website links read throughout. Add a PDF download like everyone else.
3) Rambling. Why use 10 words when you can 100? That's why this book is so long. Watch his youtube channel before you buy. This is how the entire book reads. The 'content bro' (volume over substance) approach to things permiates.

There's some useful information in here, but this could probably be a 6-hour title without losing much.

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Wow

Got through 4 chapters and the guy was still talking about himself. Classic narcissist that is just promoting his material like a late televangelist. Too much hand holding and not getting to the substance. Look elsewhere to learn about how to improve your career in this field.

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  • 11-02-18

Reads like self-help or "get rich quick", non-stop

There may be good content eventually, but there's so much fluff, with the author constantly breaking from general comments about software development to try to convince you about how the book will eventually be useful. It reads like a "get rich quick" scheme. Well over an hour into the reading, the author is still telling the listener about his links online and shameless self promoting. The first HALF HOUR of the book is dedicated to legitimizing the book to you. It sounds absurd but there's only as much content as there is self promoting and attempts to convince the reader that the book is useful and helpful.

I just can't keep listening to this. It's so amateurish. It reads like a marketing major drop-out read a real book about the software development industry and then tried to "tell you how it is" in an infomercial style. The book content reads like an ad for itself with the author constantly attempting to legitimize the book, WITHIN the book. The author makes cliche naive comments like that he would "learn" a programming language in a couple of weeks and then immediately start teaching "students" about that language. How would you like to be taught by someone who only knew a language for "a couple of weeks". The author may actually profess in many of these concepts but it's hard to believe him because of the repetative, non-stop sales technique he tries to use.

The author is attempting to prey on people that are desperate to break into software development that likely know little about it. If you know anything about software development, you're better off reading something else. But then again if you know nothing about software development, you are also better off reading literally anything else.

The bottom line is a message to the author: let the content speak for itself. I get that you're trying to sell yourself or build a "brand" or something, but the best way to do that is to eventually, at some point, actually have good content, and then let your content speak for itself.

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  • Tom McDonough
  • 06-14-18

Just promotes his products

2 hours in and I haven’t learned a thing I didn’t know already. He speaks about using this book as a marketing tool and begs for reviews via email. I will finish this book and will change my review if John deserves it.

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  • Liam
  • 06-04-19

A good listen and some good advice

a good listen with good advice but a lot of self promotion and self sales pitching.

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  • Daniel
  • 08-13-18

Incredible

I have already sent this book to a few friends, some of which are not developers. I think John cover's things which can be applicable in every field of work. Really enjoy the humour, great speaking voice and just overall a really enjoyable book. I have to say I'm not looking forward to my next title as it's going to be difficult to follow this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-21

A good book ruined

The authors need to continually sell himself, his other book, his website, his blog…along with his incessant yet irrelevant sidebars… are time wasting and highly disrespectful to his listeners. The content is generally good, but incredibly hard to stick with it due to the simply appalling production of the audio book.
A direct message to John Sonmez, get over yourself and tighten up this audiobook, and it’ll be far more successful. If you take this on board and message me back, I’ll edit this review accordingly.

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  • james smith
  • 08-03-21

great book, annoyed about the downloadable content

this book is full of good advice, and a lot of pro tips. it also keeps refering to some downloadable content when you can find the full list of this or that.

I listened to the book and kept telling myself 'ill go and check that out' because I was keen to see the various lists and extras.

unfortunately this list is only available at an extortionate price, it is not an extra with the book.

so although the book was good, I have knocked it down to three stars based on the promise of extra content without mentioning any additional cost.

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  • Brian
  • 10-08-20

Great book

While it wont specifically teach you how to code, it does give you a very good insight into working as a developer. could be freelance, for a company, or starting your own business, this covers it. There are also .some good lessons about personal practice and self motivation that have started to help me.

Read in a great way by the author, with notes and clarification through out. Would recommend to any developers or anyone thinking about entering the field. (Software Dev uni student here in Europe).

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  • Holly
  • 08-04-20

Brilliant!

What a great listen. I'm currently shifting careers into software development and really needed some guidance.
This absolutely delivered. Really liked John by the end.
Chock full of valuable insight. Delivered with clarity and passion.
John isn't afraid to give honest opinions which some may disagree with but I loved the integrity and his perspectives.
I'm sure I will listen to this again. I will certainly refer back to various chapters.
Thanks John. You've established a new fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

Must-listen for all professionals

A fantastic guide to everything around your career. My profession is only partially related to the field of programming, but I found this audiobook very helpful. The author has a nice and clean voice, reads with a reasonable speed and has a proper American accent. I thought there were too few details on some topics, but throughout the lecture, there are many suggestions on how to gain more knowledge e.g., what books to read. I did not like the parts when the author added some real-life examples that were not in the original book. These parts seemed to be rushed and spoke in a different manner, but some listeners might find it interesting and refreshing. Definitely a must-listen for everybody who wants to progress their career (just skip technical chapters if you're not into programming).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-21

Incomplete, a lot of fluff, quite basic

Feels more like a podcast than an audio book.

Sounds like he used the wrong mic to record it, there's no background noise but there is a lot of treble and its quite harsh on the ears.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-21

Brilliant Book

It gives you an overview of the field and the different paths you can take and how stand out and excel as a developer

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  • Tim Hale
  • 02-22-20

Best Programming Audio book I've ever read!

I wish I listened to this book many years ago, but so glad I finally discovered it. Very engaging, entertaining and jammed pack with essential knowledge every developer should know and the first programming book with pragmatic advice on how to deal with IT related office politics!

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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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-21

Easy listen and Comprehensive

John Sonmez is a great narrator, easy to listen and although this is a long audiobook (a positive them given the topic) his voice never feels “droning”.

A large range of topics are covered and he is extremely comprehensive when covering each and every detail required for a job in IT industry.

When listen to audiobooks (especially on the topic of IT) I often find it necessary to also purchase the book for the visuals or even small benefits like bookmarking or referencing for later. However, while this book would make a great contribution to one’s bookcase, I didn’t feel the need this time due to how well it was written and how well it was translated into the audiobook format.

I have been a software engineer for 10+ years but we’re still able to pick up quite a number of hints/tips and so would recommend this to a beginner up to an old hand.

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  • Warm Wilson
  • 09-07-21

Come on

Sounds good so far but 15min in and bro is already trying to sell me some ebook for $99 (and then drops to $50 when you say no)

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  • Shaun
  • 03-17-21

Awesome book for people wanting to be a developper

The author is true, speaks from the heart to give us the best advices he knows to succeed in software development.

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  • Carly
  • 07-01-19

Fantastic book

This is a great book regardless of where you are at in your career - there’s something for everyone whether it applies to your own career, or just some great advice you can pass on to others.
Thanks John!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-19

Excellent

A book with content that answers the questions you've asked and never got answered . . and those you didn't know you should be asking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-18

John is like tour guide - Awesome

John is like a tour guide for software developers
If u take the tour without him u often get lost or spend to much time on things u shouldnt. if u only get one thing for this book it will be the years of ur life bak trying to figure out where and what to do next.

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