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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
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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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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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  • 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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  • 匿名
  • 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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  • 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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  • Nebyou
  • 20-10-2018

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My gash the best book I ever listened to. I just finished it today but I will be back to the first and start listening again but with action. I have already started some of them like dressing and working on my skills. oh man this book is packed. Thanks Jon for writing this book. I can't wait to listen to the soft skills book I already bought the audio version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-2018

Genuine author, Genuine Advices.

even though the title is complete software developer guide , this book is a must read for anyone looking for progress in life and career.

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  • Lady Krystalline
  • 09-10-2018

A Must-Read for Software Developers of All Levels

This book was AMAZING! It’s definitely worth multiple listens, even as long as it is. There’s so much valuable information in this and the author did an excellent job reading the content and he had a very natural flow with how he read! I made listening to this audiobook a part of my daily commute to work and it was one of the best decisions ever! A great way to start my day with motivation and information to use in my chosen career field. This is now one of my favorite books ever! Stop reading this review and buy a copy you will NOT regret it!! :)

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-2019

Great Book! Thank You John I wish youball the best

Thank You John I wish you all the best.
Very good useful content. Now I know about what the job is.

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  • 匿名
  • 02-01-2019

Worth

Great value for this price ! Book covering huge amount of topics around software dev. career

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  • 匿名
  • 02-12-2018

Excellent book

I really liked this book. John sonmez is inspiring and informative. Can recommend this book.

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  • KG85
  • 11-09-2018

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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  • 匿名
  • 06-09-2018

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
  • 11-08-2018

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
  • 07-08-2018

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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  • Haydar Al-Rikabi
  • 11-06-2018

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
  • 28-05-2018

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!