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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Tyler Tracy Miller
  • 16-08-2019

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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  • Jlynn
  • 04-12-2019

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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  • Justin Pitts
  • 23-10-2019

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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  • Leels
  • 18-09-2019

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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  • 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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  • Carlos
  • 09-12-2019

I loved this book

I'm usually not a book guy but this book was amazing I'm a self taught developer currently in the process of switching careers and this book filled a lot of gaps on the world of software developers

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-2020

Valuable general knowledge

Extremely valuable general knowledge about the software industry. At the same time the book is exceptionally entertaining so listening it didn't take long.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2020

This is the breathtaking one!

I really enjoyed learning this book. Now I have a big view about the Software Developers world.

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  • bothzoli
  • 15-12-2019

Useful content in a smug style

I found the contents mostly useful but John has a smug style of presenting it. If you can get over that the book is fairly good.

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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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  • 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