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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Jan 29, 2016

We all have bad days...

Bad days are like days when you feel like doing nothing. You feel unmotivated, don't want to do anything... But the problem is that you have a lot of work to do.

On this video, I answer a question from a reader that asks me how I've managed to create 30 PluralSight Courses in less than 1 year, with a good time spare... How have I dealt with bad days?

Jan 27, 2016

Have you ever wondered why sometimes we feel the need to be someone else? Maybe, because we think that copying others people's voice and actions we will become successful.

However, when we do that, we usually forget one very important thing: our personality.

In this video, I talk a little about how to find your voice and make it your super power... This is what will make you overcome your competitors.

Jan 25, 2016

Today I received a question from a reader asking me about listening to music while working.

But... Is it a good idea? Or is it a bad idea? Does it affect your productivity?

In this video, I talk about different types of music and how each one of them interacts with your attention and the quality of the work you do.

Jan 22, 2016

The world landscaping is changing dramatically and we can't stop it. Due to this fact, it's inevitable that some jobs and functions simply disappear.

On today's landscaping, are software architects still relevant? Do they still play a major role on software development roles? Are there still planning on this environment?

How must software architects plan their future and survive this constant technology changing?

Jan 20, 2016

Does personal responsibility play some role on the road to success?

On this video, a teacher sent me a question asking about personal responsibility. She sees a lot of changes happening, especially on this new generation of kids.

What should she do in order to teach those kids about personal responsibility?

Jan 18, 2016

If you're a freelancer, setting an ideal rate is one of the most difficult things you might face on your entire career.

Chances are, if you're a freelancer, you've probably offered a discount to some of your clients. But... Is this a good option?

What happens when you offer your clients a discount and they... Complain? How should you overcome it?

Jan 15, 2016

Eric Smith is the founder of CodeSmith Tools and CodeSmith Generator. I’m sure many software developers are just as excited as I am to have him as a guest on Simple Programmer. CodeSmith started out as a side project while Eric was working with a company. He ended up leaving that company but negotiated with them to get rights to sell it. To cut the long story short, he made a deal with them and the rest is history.

I’ve actually interviewed Eric on Get Up and Code awhile back, and we talked about CodeSmith and his inspiring weight loss transformation. He also talked a little bit about Exceptionless, a company he just started at the time.  I invited him again to do another interview and talk about it a bit more.

Jan 13, 2016

At this point, you must be familiar with the Pomodoro Technique, a technique used by a lot of professionals to increase productivity.

In today's video I received a question about how to use the Pomodoro technique on work environments.

How am I supposed to set a schedule and don't have anyone bothering me? Is this even possible?

Jan 11, 2016

If you're a blogger and write blog posts for your life you must have faced some challenges.

One of them, is definitely how to find your voice and stop being boring and whiny. What is the best way to write winning blog posts?

In this episode I'll teach you how to create compelling blog posts your readers will love, all using your inner and true voice.

Jan 8, 2016

What if you could have an open relationship with your company?

In this Simple Programmer episode, I dive deep into this question.

Are you currently working with a company but want to search for freelance jobs as well as network with other companies?

So, in this case, you need to do it right so you don't get fired or get yourself in some serious trouble.

Jan 6, 2016

What Is The Best Way To Make Money Blogging In 2016?

If you run a blog you probably ask yourself you can transform it into a profitable online business. And by that I mean generating revenue.

There are a lot of ways in which you can generate income for your blog. In this video I talk about the latest strategies you can use to generate money from your blog in 2016.

There are some strategies that still work while other are not used anymore. Can you guess what are the best ways to make money blogging in 2016?

Jan 5, 2016

It's a special 100th episode of the Simple Programmer podcast. I'm sharing some news about the changes in the Simple Programmer space in 2016.

Jan 4, 2016

This is the video for those programmers that don't know how to bill a client that wants you to travel to work.

What is the best way to bill a client that wants you to travel? is it hourly? Is it weekly? Monthly?

Jan 1, 2016

Sometimes we caught ourselves doing so many things that we can't stop to think if we are even capable of doing everything.

You can caught yourself in the transition having to manage a full-time job, a master's degree and a business all at once.

But... Is it even possible? How are you supposed to do that?