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The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide

How to Learn Programming Languages Quickly, Ace Your Programming Interview, and Land Your Software Developer Dream Job
Narrated by: John Sonmez
Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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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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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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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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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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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  • Krzysztof
  • 05-01-2018

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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  • VONZOMBIE
  • 27-03-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2018

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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  • rbianco3
  • 02-03-2019

Best Damn IT Book EVER READ

Summary: This book really is the most valuable I've read in long as I can remember.

Context: I'm seasoned IT consultant (C2C) been in business 29 years of which 25 have been as contractor doing outdated but hard to fill positions being PowerBuilder I'm used to very generous pay throughout my career & stayed w this because I'm good at it and I've been earning a premium vs dot net and I don't care for Java technologies.

I am 7 hours & 22 min into this book & realized I needed to leave a positive review. This book is so good for me, that I'm hesitant to give it such a good review as I view this as a competitive advantage. But developers are good citizens & I'm a developer through & through. I see value for persons looking to get into the field, to developers like myself. I found the most value in learning how recruiters work, salary negotiation, and why we put so much value on compensation. Also valued the concept of determining pay after considering number of hours expected/demanded. My last contract I was expected to work about 60 hours a week yet I could only bill 40. I failed to ask this up front- and with my experience you'd think I'd ask- this was the only contract I'd seen where they do this - and it felt wrong/illegal to me. There are many sweat shops out there making this career suck a little- I almost retired this year but got so bored after taking a few months off. Running out of words- just buy the book- look at my other book reviews- they are usually two or three stars. I love John Sonmez- he is a patriot of this industry.

Oh- as an aside- I saw a bad review stating there were marketing references. John has much reference material on his website & her recommends professional resume writer (for which i disagree & many do) and I didn't look but John is smart and sure there are either marketing links or he's marketing his own products- I never even visited his website it's completely optional & sounds like there's a lot of good stuff there. I felt a tinge of "yuck" around the time of resume section- but there are way too many gold nuggets in this book to get your undies in bundle because John is a smart guy- maximizing his earnings for his effort. Heck for this reason you SHOULD buy the book.

John: P.S. I thought Javascript sucked also, same as scripting languages or Java (double yuck). In my mind Java based technologies are what cheap companies use- or those needing TOP performance. There are tons of free add on's but 90% of the time you download a project from Github it won't run due to version mismatches even with NPM or other tools managing versions. Microsoft .NET is my favorite language ASP.NET MVC to be exact but PowerBuilder is my money- they are relatively similar- both OOP, but PB has visual inheritance & MS has named parameters, callbacks, delegates & interfaces. I thought of moving into .NET have about 4-5 years but I'm all about not over-marketing myself- and afraid I won't be good enough- you gave me courage to try it- maybe. Web development kinda sucks too- no state- that blows- got to rebuild everything each request. We think alike would love to meet you in person. GREAT JOB

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  • Tory
  • 09-01-2019

Took a chance on this and loved it.

let me off by saying I have no background in software development dabble in a little bit of stuff. But listen to audiobooks at work to pass the time and took a chance on this one. The fact the author recorded the audio is great get a real connection with him. You can take this book and almost apply it to any other field. Give it a shot it will be worth it.

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  • R. Peters
  • 25-10-2018

Loved it

Very informational and entertaining. The author's narration was excellent and pleasantly humorous at times. I particularly appreciated the bonus commentaries and personal anecdotes he included uniquely to the audiobook.

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  • drakowulf
  • 23-06-2018

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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  • Joseph
  • 11-06-2019

20 hours well spent

I really enjoyed the enthusiasm and energy that John brings to his performance. He’s very authentic and brutally honest at times which is exactly what you want from this type of book. Although I didn’t always agree with his point of view, He is entirely objective and thoughtful in his philosophy.

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  • Alexander Stevenson
  • 15-12-2018

Delivered all that I'd hoped and more!

To me, Sonmez is like a cool older brother or uncle that's tells you what you need to know to succeed. He's driven, intelligent, motivating, articulate, funny, benevolent and nothing short of a modern-day sage, in my opinion.

The fact John narrated this audio book himself is a real plus because he keeps you entertained and makes the experience more stimulating overall.

Content-wise, I feel this book is the most accurate software developer roadmap out there. I'm extremely glad I invested in this work and am grateful to John for opening himself up to the world to share his immense knowledge in a relatable way.

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  • Kristen
  • 15-11-2018

Thank You For Writing.

Whether you agree with everything written in this book or not, I think the authors authenticity and voracious approach to life is infectious.

Great resource to be available as an audio book with a lot of "re-readability" value in my opinion.

This book is exactly as described and full of resources to build on it's foundation. I highly recommend it to any aspiring coder.

Thank you for writing, John 😁

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  • Daniel
  • 13-08-2018

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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  • The Verified Purchaser
  • 23-08-2019

Must read for any software developer

If you work in software development this is a must listen. Whether you are a sessioned pro or a self taught noob John takes you through everything you need to know or didn't think you needed to know about your personal developerment. With a great un robotic approach John will take you on a off the cuff roller coaster ride pointing out all your vital skills you never new you had making you feel empowered and s valued software developer. You my friend are a legend and John will make you realise that and propel your thinking into believing your actual self worth. If you skip over this book you have missed a great opportunit for self development. Ps after listening to this book I very quickly downloaded all John's back catalog. Money well spent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2019

Excellent audio book!

Very insightful  and eye-opener. I have enjoyed listening to it and gained more knowledge. It has enlightened  my  Unknowns to Knowns and encourage me to be comfortable with the uncomfortable.  Lastly not the Least to believe in myself & skills  and venture the Adventure in Life.

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  • Liam
  • 04-06-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-2019

Recommended reading!!

Engaging speaker. This book has made my commute enjoyable and has made me more pragmatic. Let’s see if it continues... I have recommended this book to friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-2019

All the options available for software development

It's a good resource for finding out the options in software development. It helped me outline my journey ahead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-2019

Brilliant

This book will improve almost every aspect of your life. Sonmez is a fantastic writer and has a lot of great knowledge and experience when it comes to blogging, style, behaviour and work. I highly recommend the read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-2019

A Definitive Guide For Every Aspiring Developer

This book is long, and it is for a reason: everything you'll need to know about the software engineering world and about how you can succeed in this ever-turning sector is covered in a professional manner. I am a senior engineer at a large software company with years behind my back, but the book made me realize a couple of important concepts, I had a couple of 'aha!' moments and learned a ton. Inspiring performance from John. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2019

Amazing book. A bit too much self marketing.

Loved the book. He did a bit too much self marketing but at least he is sincere about it.

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  • Eamon
  • 31-01-2019

Amazing book!!

Covers everything you need to know to become a successful Software Developer. Delighted to hear John's own voice narrating the audio also.