• 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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-21-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simple Programmer, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (338 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) 
©2017 Simple Programmer, LLC (P)2017 Simple Programmer, LLC

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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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I was blown away by the quality of this audiobook!

I have been a long time fan of John, following his YouTube channel for about 2.5 years. This is the first product I have purchased from him. Going into the book, I thought the quality would be on par with his YouTube videos, and was expecting something like a compilation of all his top off-the-cuff style videos mashed into a book. I was pleasantly surprised to find the quality of the book to be SEVERAL calibers above his videos. John is a great writer, and also a fantastic narrator. What makes the audiobook even better is that he sprinkles in a few moments where he speaks off script to expand on a point. These moments are few in between and dont get in the way of the book. Seeing what John can produce has now made me curious in getting his other products. Fantastic work John.

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Must read/listen for all developers

One of the best books I have ever read (currently listening). I am making this a required reading for my bootcamp students.

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Inspiring, informative, and genuine

I appreciate the author taking the time to record this himself. The moments he takes to offer side notes makes it seem like he's just talking to YOU. This book gave me some great ideas how to use my existing business to add programming services and transition in to doing what I've wanted to do since I was 10 years old: code for a living. I'll take action and follow up with you. Thanks John!

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Ryan Reynolds

I feel like I'm listening to Ryan Reynolds, but with a slightly different offset.. John is amazing and this audio book is well worth your time!! Even if your career isn't to be a software developer, there's still helpful tips for you. I'm extremely satisfied with my decision, normally there's small regrets, like when you accidentally tell your girlfriend to f*** off.. but not here! I listen to it at work most of the day. It also helps to replay chapters, occasionally, to fully grasp the important areas. Buy this audio book and thank me later!!

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Awesome book!

Loved it! John's straight forward presentation of his experience and perspective is presented in an entertaining and easy to follow manner. killed this book in two days and truly enjoyed the journey.

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I got my Mentor 😃

This is the first book I ever completed. Many times I started and left many books in middle. But this book influenced me a lot. It showed me the way in my software development career. Many things covered about software developer career. Thanks John for this valuable book. I will recommend all my colleagues and friends to read this book. I admire the way author explained about every topic in this book. I never thought of meeting anyone. But If I get chance I will meet Author, he taught me a lot. Once again please buy this book, this book will change the way you thinking about software development Career.

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Must read for all Programmer/SDET/QA of any skill!

I'm an SDET that's been in the field for about 2.5 years. As the book How to win friends and influence people is to personal relationships, this book is that to the software field. Its gives a high level overview of everything from how to start your software development field to the best way to leave a company. I would highly recommend this book if you are anywhere in the software field spectrum!

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A must read for all software developers

This book is a must read for all software developers. Every second of the book is exciting and engaging. It applies to software developers at all levels. I'm really glad that John Sonmez, narrated the audio version himself. His narration style make the book even more exciting.

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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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  • KG85
  • 09-11-18

Entertaining

Listened to this over many motorway miles. Great audiobook. John provides an excellent overview of the software developer's life in its many forms with practical advice for excelling at it. Best of all it was fun to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-18

Brilliant!!!

I am just starting out in the world of software development and John's book gives great insight into what's required and covers life lessons and everything else in between! Would highly recommend to anyone in the industry no matter where they are in their career!! 5 stars for sure!

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  • rhydian edwards
  • 08-11-18

Brilliant

Loved this book. I really enjoyed listening to John narrate this book and all the extra little bits were great fun with little stories and extras.

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  • Latch
  • 08-07-18

a must read!

thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. john makes some really good points and has tonnes of advice for your future or current career!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Haydar Al-Rikabi
  • 06-11-18

A journey that I enjoyed until the end

Great bird view to the software development workspace. At times, I felt like John was talking about me. I definitely found useful tips and guidance in the book.
I also liked the author’s sense of humor which made this large volume a breeze.
I knew John first through YouTube but this book got me to know him better on a personal level. His ideas inspired me to take action and I am really grateful for his efforts.
God bless and thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-18

Highly recommend!

A very good book on how to become and excell as a software developer. A joy to listen to with lots of value if you decide to take action!

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  • Mr. J. Park
  • 05-25-18

From zero to hero.

John doesn't hold back and gives you the truth. Covers all bases from getting into programming to office politics, getting more pay.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.