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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
  • By: John Sonmez
  • Narrated by: John Sonmez
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Business & Careers, Career Success
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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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) 
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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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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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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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Great book

While it wont specifically teach you how to code, it does give you a very good insight into working as a developer. could be freelance, for a company, or starting your own business, this covers it. There are also .some good lessons about personal practice and self motivation that have started to help me.

Read in a great way by the author, with notes and clarification through out. Would recommend to any developers or anyone thinking about entering the field. (Software Dev uni student here in Europe).

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Brilliant!

What a great listen. I'm currently shifting careers into software development and really needed some guidance.
This absolutely delivered. Really liked John by the end.
Chock full of valuable insight. Delivered with clarity and passion.
John isn't afraid to give honest opinions which some may disagree with but I loved the integrity and his perspectives.
I'm sure I will listen to this again. I will certainly refer back to various chapters.
Thanks John. You've established a new fan.

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Incomplete, a lot of fluff, quite basic

Feels more like a podcast than an audio book.

Sounds like he used the wrong mic to record it, there's no background noise but there is a lot of treble and its quite harsh on the ears.

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Brilliant Book

It gives you an overview of the field and the different paths you can take and how stand out and excel as a developer

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Handy for beginners, not for seniors

Im senior in the it industrgand found it boring many times and bit too long, however still found some useful bits. It's a good book with a lot of useful resources for junior programmers for sure

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easy to listen

there is something that works in his way to speak aloud this book. certainly not a Bible for anything, but if you listen audio books a lot. maybe this one is for you.

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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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  • Krzysztof
  • 05-01-18

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
  • 16-08-19

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
  • 04-12-19

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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  • Leels
  • 18-09-19

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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  • Justin Pitts
  • 23-10-19

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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  • VONZOMBIE
  • 27-03-18

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
  • 09-12-19

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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  • shalom
  • 20-10-18

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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
  • 11-10-18

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
  • 09-10-18

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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