Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual

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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important "soft" topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint.

Forewords by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) and Scott Hanselman.

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About the Book

For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help.

Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important "soft" subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun-to-read book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.

What's Inside

  • Boost your career by building a personal brand
  • John's secret ten-step process for learning quickly
  • Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage
  • Unique strategies for investment and early retirement

About the Author

John Sonmez is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.

Table of Contents

  1. Why this book is unlike any book you've ever read
  2. SECTION 1: CAREER

  3. Getting started with a "BANG!": Don't do what everyone else does
  4. Thinking about the future: What are your goals?
  5. People skills: You need them more than you think
  6. Hacking the interview
  7. Employment options: Enumerate your choices
  8. What kind of software developer are you?
  9. Not all companies are equal
  10. Climbing the corporate ladder
  11. Being a professional
  12. Freedom: How to quit your job
  13. Freelancing: Going out on your own
  14. Creating your first product
  15. Do you want to start a startup?
  16. Working remotely survival strategies
  17. Fake it till you make it
  18. Resumes are BORING—Let's fix that
  19. Don't get religious about technology
  20. SECTION 2: MARKETING YOURSELF

  21. Marketing basics for code monkeys
  22. Building a brand that gets you noticed
  23. Creating a wildly successful blog
  24. Your primary goal: Add value to others
  25. #UsingSocialNetworks
  26. Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek
  27. Writing books and articles that attract a following
  28. Don't be afraid to look like an idiot
  29. SECTION 3: LEARNING

  30. Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself
  31. My 10-step process
  32. Steps 1-6: Do these once
  33. Steps 7-10: Repeat these
  34. Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda
  35. Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda
  36. Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must.
  37. Do you need a degree or can you "wing it?"
  38. Finding gaps in your knowledge
  39. SECTION 4: PRODUCTIVITY

  40. It all starts with focus
  41. My personal productivity plan
  42. Pomodoro Technique
  43. My quota system: How I get way more done than I should
  44. Holding yourself accountable
  45. Multitasking dos and don'ts
  46. Burnout: I've got the cure!
  47. How you're wasting your time
  48. The importance of having a routine
  49. Developing habits: Brushing your code
  50. Breaking things down: How to eat an elephant
  51. The value of hard work and why you keep avoiding it
  52. Any action is better than no action
  53. SECTION 5: FINANCIAL

  54. What are you going to do with your paycheck?
  55. How to negotiate your salary
  56. Options: Where all the fun is
  57. Bits and bytes of real estate investing
  58. Do you really understand your retirement plan?
  59. The danger of debt: SSDs are expensive
  60. Bonus: How I retired at 33
  61. SECTION 6: FITNESS

  62. Why you need to hack your health
  63. Setting your fitness criteria
  64. Thermodynamics, calories, and you
  65. Motivation: Getting your butt out of the chair
  66. How to gain muscle: Nerds can have bulging biceps
  67. How to get hash-table abs
  68. Starting RunningProgram.exe
  69. Standing desks and other hacks
  70. Tech gear for fitness: Geeking out
  71. SECTION 7: SPIRIT

  72. How the mind influences the body
  73. Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting
  74. Building a positive self-image: Programming your brain
  75. Love and relationships: Computers can't hold your hand
  76. My personal success book list
  77. Facing failure head-on
  78. Parting words

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About the Author:

John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer, where he tirelessly pursues his vision of transforming complex issues into simple solutions. John has published over 50 courses on topics such as iOS, Android, .NET, Java, and game development for the online developer training resource, Pluralsight. He also hosts the Get Up and CODE podcast, where he talks about fitness for programmers. John is a life coach for software developers, and helps software engineers, programmers and other technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.

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