Simple Programmer Podcast

The Simple Programmer Podcast is a short podcast that is a mix of career advice, philosophy and soft skills from successful author and software developer, John Sonmez. John is the founder of, one of the most popular software development blogs, and the author of the best-selling book, "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual." ( Geared towards a programmer or software developer audience, but contains practical advice on: Career development Entrepreneurship Fitness Finance Productivity Personal development And more... That anyone can benefit from. Each episode is between 5 and 10 minutes long with at least 3 new episodes each week.
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Dec 14, 2017

► Soft Skills Vs. The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide ◄

A lot of you guys have been asking me about the difference between Soft Skills and The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide.

As some of you might know, I've published two books about software development.

Soft Skills was my first book and I have a huge care for it. It was definitely a milestone for me and I believe I said almost everything I wanted with it.

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide was my recent one. I had, with this book, the desire to create a book with everything a developer should know in order to improve its career.

So... Which book should you choose? Watch this video and find out!

Soft Skills Book:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Dec 13, 2017

► What Can You Do To Survive A Recession As A Developer? ◄

An Economic recession is a period of general economic decline and is typically accompanied by a drop in the stock market, an increase in unemployment, and a decline in the housing market. Generally, a recession is less severe than a depression. The blame for a recession generally falls on the federal leadership, often either the president himself, the head of the Federal Reserve, or the entire administration.

Economic recessions tend to take people into fearful states. People get laid off, lose their jobs and, most of the time, end up in a big squeeze situation.

As a developer, you're not immune to this. You can still face the effects of cyclic economic recessions. However, you can blind yourself.

Wanna know how? Watch this video and find out!

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Free Blogging Course:
When You End Up In A Squeeze Situation:

Dec 12, 2017

► I Wanna Get A New Job But I Feel Uncomfortable ◄

So, you wanna improve your life... You're aiming for new friends, a better home, a greater salary... But, in order for your to get all of this, first, you need a programming job, right?


The problem is: you feel uncomfortable. You're insecure. Deep inside, you feel that something is not right when it comes to finding your new programming job.

What do you do? How to overcome this resistance? How to stop feeling uncomfortable and get the programming job you've always dreamed of?

Watch this video and find out!

Why You Should Fake It Till You Make It:
5 Soft Skills Every Developer Should Know:

Dec 11, 2017

► Getting A Programming Job With ZERO Connections! ◄

Imagina how great it would be to get a new programming job out of the blue. You'd get a great salary, benefits and most of all, you'd be able to enjoy life with your own money.

However, things do not always work out smoothly like that.

There are some requirements you need to "meet" before getting a programming job and one that could really help you is: connections.

But... What if you had none? How to get a programming job with zero connections? Watch this video and find out!

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Specialization & Niching Down For Software Developers:

Dec 10, 2017

► Is Being Honorable Still Worth It? ◄

In a few days ago, I have received a question from a reader that really got me thinking...

He asked me if it was still worth it to be honorable. In his opinion, it doesn't pay off. He constantly sees people cheating on each other and always trying to get away with it. And, in most of the cases, they do.

So... How do you handle this situation? Is being honorable still worth it?

Watch this video and find out!

Nobody Is Coming To Save You!:
The Way Of Men:

Dec 9, 2017

► Interview With Tom From FlipAnythingUSA (On Real Estate) ◄

Today I partnered up with Tom from FlipAnythingUSA and we'll talk about some valuable Real Estate advice.

Tom created this amazing channel and website to teach everyone interested in how awesome of an investment Real Estate is.

"FlipAnything - Lessons from a Blue Collar Millionaire, Real Estate Investor, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Businessman & Father. This channel is dedicated to my sons and all men, women, and children that want to create wealth and live the American Dream. I'll show in my videos how I have made and how I maintain my real estate fortune. I flip own and rent properties of all kinds I also flip non real estate items for profit. This video blog is designed to encourage and teach and serve as a road map for my own kids when they are old enough and or ready."

So... If you're interested in learning more about real estate, stick with us and join this amazing conversation.

Flip Anything USA:

Dec 8, 2017

► Blockchains: Good Investment? ◄

A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data.

Blockchains are gaining visibility when it comes to investment, and it has been raising some questions regarding if it is a good type of investment or not.

Blockchain technology has been heating up in the past several months, thanks in large part to the surge in Bitcoin's price since early May. The cryptocurrency skyrocketed from less than $1,000 in March to an all-time high of $4,440 on August 14.

So... Should you consider investing in cryptocurrency? Should you consider investing in blockchains?

Watch this video and find out!

Dec 7, 2017

► The Top 10 Programming Languages To Learn In 2018 ◄

A lot of people ask me about what programming languages they should learn. I found myself in a difficult situation because this is a very hard question to answer.There are a lot of things that need to be taken into account before making a decision, especially when it comes to which programming language you should learn.

Last year's video was very popular. A lot of people found it useful and they got pretty much value from it. Those who followed my advice definitely took benefit from it, being able to boost their careers in 2018 by learning those programming languages.

One of the easiest ways to decide which programming language to learn for 2018 is by listening to the market.

The market will definitely tell you what will be the trending programming languages for the future. We must be aware of the trends and watching the news and the rise of new technology so we can adjust the sails on which programming languages to learn, especially in 2018 with a lot of new things coming up.

This video was not based solely on my opinion. I researched a lot and I came up with these 10 (and some bonuses) programming languages to learn in 2018.

Top 10 Programming Languages To Learn In 2018

1 JavaScript

2 Python

3 C

4 Java


6 GO

7 Swift

8 Rust

9 Kotlin

10 C & C++

Do you agree that these will be the trending programming languages in 2018? Leave a comment below!

JavaScript Launchpad:
Top 10 Books To Learn Python:
Top 10 Books To Learn C#:
Java Fundamentals Course:

Dec 6, 2017

► I Don't Know How To Learn Programming! ◄

Let me be rough and dry here: most developers don't know a s**t about learning and improving their careers. This is absolute truth. And I'm not saying this in a mean way, but as a way to alert most of you about something you've been doing wrong for most of your lives.

Learning something new requires some strictly techniques in order to maximize your potentials, or, you'll be swimming in circles and you'll most likely to die in the middle of the sea.

What should you do if you don't know how to learn programming? What techniques can you implement in order to maximize your learning abilities and get the best time/benefits in your programming career?

My Pluralsight Courses:

Dec 5, 2017

► The 2017's Christmas Gift List For Software Developers (And Other Tech Geeks) ◄

In true Simple Programmer tradition, I’ve put together this year’s Christmas List for software developers, programmers, and tech junkies.

Programmers are picky people and, if your spouse/SO/family member is one, you might be finding it a huge pain in the neck shopping for them this Christmas.

Or maybe you’re a programmer yourself, and you’re tired of receiving yet another loud Christmas sweater from a well-meaning, if misguided, relative.

If so, you can not-so-subtly share this Christmas List. It contains my top picks for tech items this year – products anyone in the technology field will appreciate.

Christmas Gift List 2016 - 00:45
Microsoft Surface II - 01:43
Macbook Pro 2017 - 02:29
iPhone 10/X - 02:54
Google Pixel 2 Phone - 03:40
SNES Classic Edition - 04:04
NES Classic Edition - 04:46
Samsung 960 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - 05:28
Optane SSD 900P 280GB AIC - 05:46
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit - 06:20
ARDUINO K000007 The Starter Kit - 06:33
Oculus Rift - 06:51
Dell U3415w - 07:54
Dell 3417w - 08:07
Dell 3818dw - 08:27
Your Slide Laptop Monitor - 08:52
Apple Watch 3 - 09:32
Nintendo Switch - 10:15
Zelda Breath Of The Wild - 10:46
Super Mario Odyssey - 10:55
Pluralsight Subscription - 11:08
Interview Cake - 11:56
Computer Glasses - 12:37
SOL REPUBLIC 1430-00 Tracks Air Wireless On-Ear Headphones - 13:12
Apple Airpods - 14:01
Amazon Echo - 14:35
Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 - 15:14
Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad - 15:43
Mophie juice pack wireless - Charge Force Wireless Power - 16:19
Ultra 400gb Micro sd - 17:08
Fallout Board Game - 17:42
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide - 18:06
Soft Skills - 18:24
10 Steps Learn Anything - 18:35
How To Market Yourself - 18:50

Dec 4, 2017

► Online Coding Interviews: How Not To Fail? ◄

Nothing can be more terrifying for a software developer than an interview—especially if it is a coding interview on a whiteboard.

Though, with the right preparation and mindset, an interview can actually be something you look forward to as a chance to show your stuff and exhibit your best skills.

I know the above statement may seem difficult to believe, especially if you’ve had not-so-great interview experiences in the past, but I’ve also had some pretty horrible interviews in my career as a software developer, and I’ve learned from those experiences.

This is a new kind of interview that has only really started to appear in earnest in the last few years, but I believe we’ll see more and more interviews conducted in this fashion.
This kind of interview is much like a phone pre-screen, but instead of taking place over the phone, it will take place over a Skype call, or another video chat equivalent, where you will be asked to solve some programming problems or even do pair programming with an interviewer so they can quickly assess your talent remotely.

How to make sure you'll succeed in an online coding interview? Is this even possible?


What most developers don't take into account is that online coding interviews are not something impossible. You should be ready to do what your interviews wants from you.

Wanna know more about how NOT to fail in an online coding interview? Watch this video and find out!

Coding Interviews Playlist:
College & Degrees Playlist:
Programming Pearls Book:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Dec 3, 2017

► How To Go Through A Midlife Crisis? ◄

Reaching its 40 can be tough for some people. While there are some people that get into their 40s without resentments, there are a lot of people that hit their 40s wishing that they had done a lot of things differently.

And this is when Mid-Life crisis come at you and hit you like a truck. And it hurts.

The guilt. The shame. The feeling that you could've done things differently.

how to go through a midlife crisis? Watch this video and find out!

The External Validation You Get Will Never Be Enough:
Boundaries Book:

Dec 2, 2017

► Are You Looking For Problems Or Solutions? ◄

I like to say that there are two types of people in the world: the ones that look for problems and the ones that look for solutions?

Recently I did a video on how to solve the "no audio" problem in the iPhone's recent model.

Most people complained about... Well... Just watch the video.

However, let me ask you a question. Are you a person that is looking for problems or solutions?

How To Fix iPhone Speaker & NO SOUND Problem:
Don't Play The Victim Playlist:

Dec 1, 2017

► Stuck In The Loop Of Life! ◄

Have you ever felt like you were in a constant loop where you couldn't make progress? I've been there and I'm pretty much sure that most people have been there too.

How to get out of this awful looping, where it seems like you are going nowhere?

Watch this video and find out!

Rock N' Roll San Diego FULL Marathon:
Career Story Playlist:
Pluralsight Courses:

Nov 30, 2017

► I Am Afraid To Become A Programmer! ◄

If you're considering becoming a programmer, you definitely need to be prepared for a rough road.

There are a lot of ups and downs in this career and, if you're up to that, you must be ready to face all of those challenges.

I get these emails a lot.

I see a lot of aspiring programmers saying that they are afraid to become programmers.

How to overcome this fear? Watch this video and find out!

Nov 29, 2017

► Fasting For Multiple Days: GOOD OR BAD? ◄

As you probably know, I fast every day for more than 5 years now. I've been doing it and I've seen amazing results in my body. A lot of people think I'm crazy doing that, but who cares?

However, I've been experimenting with larger periods of fasting. I've gone from 24 fasting periods to like, 72 hour period of fasting.

While some people might think this is extreme, I tend to agree. In fact, there are a lot of HUGE benefits to our body for long periods of fasting.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Obesity Code Book:
The Fear Of Missing Out:

Nov 28, 2017

► I Have Mental Health Problems And I Wanna Become A Developer ◄

So, you wanna become a developer. But... You have mental problems, especially ADHD.

While this might seem harsh, it is more common than you can imagine.

Living with mental problems is not easy and we know that. It takes courage to overcome your inner monsters and get over all of it.

So... What can you do in order to overcome your fears and finally conquer the dream of becoming a developer? Watch this video and find out!

Should You Take ADHD Medication?:

Nov 27, 2017

► I'm Addicted To Marijuana... What Now? ◄

Recently, someone emailed me telling me he has been addicted to marijuana for a long time and he wanted to know what he could do in order to get out of this vicious cycle.

According to him, he has an intense feeling of losing his life and now he wants to accomplish everything over the wasted years.

While marijuana is definitely not the BIG problem here, I'll still tell you what you can do and what you can do in order to regain your life and become the author of your own story.

Awaken The Giant Within:

Nov 26, 2017

► How To Overcome Parent Issues? ◄

A lot of us have a lot of issues caused by our parents. Deep inside, we have some serious wounds that, sometimes, stay invisible, but still causing serious injuries.

Have you ever questioned yourself about the problems you have in your life right now?

If you were able to identify the problems you face in your life right now and how... How to overcome them?

In this video, I'll talk more about how to overcome parent issues and how we are all in this together.

Freedom Playlist:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim?:
Why You're Always Going To Be Alone In Life:

Nov 25, 2017

►How To Cut Distractions And Improve Your Productivity ◄

Being productive is definitely a hot topic on the internet right now. There was always a lot of rumbling around that subject, especially among employees and entrepreneurs who want to improve their careers.

So... How to be the most productive you can? How to boost your routine so that you cut out distractions and improve your productivity at your max?

Watch this video and find out!

How To Deal With Aging?:
Can You REALLY Learn Anything In 3 Months?:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:

Nov 24, 2017

► Using A Sales Background With Coding? ◄

Most developers only care about coding. This is a fact.

However, what most people don't get into account, is that technical skills are not everything. Technical skills are like a commodity nowadays. In terms of technical skills ONLY, an Indian and cheap developer can do the same as you.

So... What matters more than technical skills?

Knowing how to sell? Maybe...

Watch this video and find out!

Soft Skills Book:
How To Win Friends And Influence People:

Nov 23, 2017

► Interview With Bob Martin (Uncle Bob) ◄

This time I partnered up with the amazing Bob Martin to give you an amazing interview where he talks about programming and about the release of his new book.

For those who don't know, Bob Martin is one of the biggest names in the software development world.

Robert Cecil Martin (colloquially known as Uncle Bob) is an American software engineer and author. He is a co-author of the Agile Manifesto. He now runs a consulting firm called Uncle Bob Consulting LLC and Clean Coders which hosts videos based on his experiences and books.

He is releasing a new book called Clean Architecture and you all should check it out!

Clean Architecture Book:

Nov 22, 2017

► How To Become a Self-Taught Programmer? ◄

Most people wanna learn programming but most of all have lots of obstacles in the way.

I don't have. I work full time. I don't have money to pay for college. I can't go to a coding bootcamp.

There are a lot of paths to learn programming, but not all of them are available for most people.

Of of the simple solutions you could use is becoming a self-taught programmer. By becoming self-taught, you can learn for free, at your own pace, and at home.

But... How do you become a self-taught programmer? Watch this video and find out!

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:

Nov 21, 2017

► What Simple Programmer Is REALLY About! ◄

A lot of you guys, I imagine, are completely lost when it comes to understanding what Simple Programmer is really about.

As you probably know, Simple Programmer started out as a programming channel but it has now migrated to being more of a self help and personal development channel.

So... What is Simple Programmer now? What has Simple Programmer turned into?

Watch this video and find out!

Simple Programmer Store:
Trust The Process Playlist:

Nov 20, 2017

► Getting A Programming Job: Looks Over Technical Skills? ◄

So, the world does not work in the best way possible and we know that. Social justice does not happen "as it should" and sometimes, we feel the injustice in us.

When getting a programming job, what should matter the most? Looks or technical skills? If you're sane, you've probably answered "technical skills".

However, as I said before, this is not the way the world works...

What matters the most? Looks or Technical Skills?

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
How To Know If A Side Project Is Worth It:

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