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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Jul 29, 2016

What Technologies Do I Need To Develop A Game?

A lot of developers dream about game development. This is a hot topic and a lot of programmers want to become software developers so that they can develop games and work in the game development industry.

While I've talked about game development before, whether it was the career or pros and cons, I've never talked about what you REALLY need to start developing games.

So, I've received this question from a reader asking me about what he needed to start developing games. He talks about how technology has changed so much over time and how complex it is right now to develop games. How can just one person develop an entire 3d game? Directx? CUDA? How the hell?

I talk in this video why right now may be the best time to develop games and why these technologies don't matter so much anymore.

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Is Game Development Career Viable?:
Career Story Playlist:

Jul 27, 2016

How To Find Your Higher Purpose In Life

We all want to live life with a purpose. Some people wake up for this calling earlier than other but, all of us, at some point, question ourselves what are we doing here.

In fact, there are a lot of stages when it comes to finding your purpose in life. I've done a video on how to find your purpose in life but, this time, we want more. I want to teach you how you can find your higher purpose in life.

I don't know if this may come out as bullshit to you. Maybe you've not wake up for this yet. But if you're interested in finding your higher purpose in life, watch this video and find out.

How To Find Your Purpose In Life?:
I'm 21 And I've Never Had A Girlfriend:
Attracting Women & Becoming A Better Man:

Jul 25, 2016

Spend Your Time The Right Way

In life, we all struggle to get our goals accomplished. Most of us end in a vicious looping that doesn't seem to do us justice and does not take us anywhere.

On the other hand, there are people that seem to be utterly productive and they seem to achieve whatever they want. They set goals for themselves, create a proper plan and stick to this plan no matter what.

So, what is the secret of these people? How can they be so productive? Well, there are many reasons for that, but definitely one of them is:

"They know how to spend their time the right way".

Time is the most democratic asset in the world. We all have 24 hours in a day and you're free to spend it the way you want. So, understanding how you can spend your time the right way and making those smart choices can definitely separate you from the rest of the world.

Interested in tips for spending your time the right way? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 22, 2016

I Live With 3 Lazy Friends... How To Escape It?

So, as a regular viewer of this (awesome) channel, you've probably heard me talking about setpoints. And one of these setpoints are the people that surround you.

As Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”. I've talked a lot about raising your setpoints by changing your social circle and by changing your friends and changing your life...

However... What if you're in a situation where it is almost impossible to do that? in today's video I've received a question from a reader telling me that he lives with three other guys that are completely LAZY! They spend all day playing video games and watching stupid videos (tough my videos are not stupid, thanks).

So, how can he escape that situation and raise his setpoints? Watch this video and find out!

How To Raise Your Setpoints By Changing Your Social Circle:
Change Your Friends, Change Your Life!:
Holding The Line: How To Not Screw Everything Up:

Jul 20, 2016

Can You Be A Programmer Without Learning Testing?

In today's video, I'll talk about being a programmer without learning testing. I received a question from a newbie programming telling that older programmers were saying things like "But how can you possibly say you're a programmer if you don't know nothing about testing?"

So, can you really become a programmer if you don't know testing? For some of you that might not know, Software testing is an investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test. Software testing can also provide an objective, independent view of the software to allow the business to appreciate and understand the risks of software implementation.

So, should ALL software developers learn Q&A and testing? is it really necessary for your formation?

Watch this video and find out!

Does Manual Testing Have a Future?:
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Testing Computer Software 2nd Edition:

Jul 18, 2016

How To Self-Publish A Book?

A lot of people dream of writing a book. A few years ago, I would say that this was almost impossible. There were a lot of difficulties, you had to get a publishing company, they had to accept you, you had to have an audience for you to sell, etc. Too many things to think and to take care for just one person.

Nowadays, things are much easier. There is a new modality called "self-publishing", in which you can publish your book without needing a publishing company to get everything done for you.

However, this raises a lot of questions. "How can I self-publish a book?", "Where do I start looking for things?", "What will I need in order to self-publish my book?".

Well, in this video I'll take you step-by-step in the process of self-publishing a book, showing that you can do that too.

Watch this video to find out how to publish your own book.

How To Market Yourself Course:
Soft Skills Book:
The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide:

Jul 15, 2016

Safe Job Or Risky Opportunity?

In some part of our career, we experience this: We're at a very comfortable place, with a secure paycheck each month but, suddenly, we're offered with a risky job offer that will pay more, but may end up with nothing.

This dualism in this choice leaves us with a lot of questions in our head: "Should I accept this offers? My salary will increase and I'll be able to invest more", or "I can't take this offer. It's risky and what if it doesn't work out? What am I going to do?".

Let me tell you that this is not an easy choice to make. There is no right or wrong with this. However, there are some things you need to take into consideration before making your final decision?

What would I do in this situation? Watch this video and find out!

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How To Market Yourself Course:
Soft Skills Book:

Jul 13, 2016

How To Write Clean Code?

As software developers, writing code is definitely a priority for us. Just like architects, whose task is to design beautiful and good looking buildings, our job is quite similar.

We're hired to create automation solutions to problems that exist in different industries. Sometimes, people only tend to evaluate the final product, which is the app/software/solution we present them.

However, there is much more to this story. The foundation of the final product is the code. And, when the code is well written, everything flows much better.

So, how can you possibly write better and cleaner code? The cleaner your code, the better you'll be seen as a professional and the easier it will be for you to make adjustments, correct bugs and implement new features in the future.

Are you interested in writing cleaner code? Watch this video and find out!

Code Complete Book:
Clean Code Book:

Jul 11, 2016

My Junior Is A Fierce Competitor... What Should I Do?

Have you ever felt threatened by others employees? We all have been there. We have this nature of comparing ourselves to others. When it comes to this competitive world we're in, this can only result in anxiety and bad feelings.

But, comparing yourself to established employees is one thing. What if this fierce competitor of yours is your junior?

In this video, I received a question from a reader telling me he was feeling threatened by his junior. This guy is a genius and everything he does, he does it right. He has all the good ideas and he is definitely competition.

However, the guy who emailed me is in management position and he can compete with him directly. What should he do? How should he approach this situation?

Should he try to overwork this guy? Should he get into direct competition with him?

Watch this video and find out!

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How To Market Yourself Course:
Soft Skills Book:

Jul 8, 2016

Does It Matter Which Programming Language I Use?

Have you ever wondered if it mattered which programming language you use as you work?

As programmers, we need to learn how to make choices. Technology evolves at such a rapid pace that you can feel overwhelmed if you try to learn everything. There are hundreds of programming languages for you to choose and specialize and this is often why so many programmers get lost in their careers.

So, does it matter which programming language you use? Will if affect your career, your choices and, even, your income?

Watch this video and find out!

10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course:
Soft Skills Book:

Jul 6, 2016

How To Develop Self-Discipline?

Self-Discipline... Something that we all are aware of, we understand how important it is, yet we fail to manage it.

Why so many people fail in developing self-discipline? Why do people find so hard to stick to a plan and follow it? Why is it so difficult to change your mind and develop new and healthier habits?

In this video, I'll talk more about how you can start developing self-discipline into your life and how you can regain control of yourself.

If you have a question, email me at

If you liked this video, share, like and, of course, subscribe!

GET ACCESS to Simple Programmer's Community:
How To Regain Control Of Your Life:
Soft Skills Book:

Jul 5, 2016

Interview With Carl Franklin About Ketogenic Diets

What is the Ketogenic Diet

Keto Flu:

2KD Eating Patterns

The Big Fat Surprise

2KD Interview with Nina

The Diet Heart Hypothesis by Ancel Keyes

Dr. Jason Fung: The Obesity Code

2KD Fasting show

Study: Fasting for 3 days regenerates your immune system.

K Rations developed by Ancel Keyes

Theraputic uses of ketogenic diets for a variety of diseases

The Ketogenic Diet and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Prolong Survival in Mice with Systemic Metastatic Cancer

Peter Attia - swimmer/athelete turned keto

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners

Three types of Ketones

2KD Ketones show

Cholesterol Clarity

2KD Cholesterol show

Coronary Calcium Scan

The Widowmaker: Science behind the real causes of heart disease

2KD Heart Disease show

Fathead Pizza

Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Keto Tacos

Oopsie Bread

2KD Sweeteners show

Humans became dominant because of sweat and endless ability to outrun animals

Sugar: The Bitter Truth (Robert Lustic)

The Keto Calculator

2KD Protein show

2KD Ketophobia show

Show me the science T-shirts

Fatty Liver Disease

Jason Fung Fasting FAQ

Diabetes and Eye Problems

Reason for LDL increase for some on a low carb diet

All about fat adaptation

Man fasts for 382 days

Electrolytes flushed by kidneys on ketogenic diet and fasting

Minnesota Coronary Survey buried for 16 years

Carrie Thompson does keto for 18 years: 2KD Ketophobia episode.

Statins have never been proven to prevent heart disease.

Malcom Kendrick; The cholesterol hypothesis is wrong

Triglyceride over HDL ratio


At 24:20 Carl said his A1C was 7.9. It was actually 7.4

At 25:04 Carl said his A1C after 2.5 months was 6.4 when it was actually 6.1

At 25:40 Carl talked about his cholesterol. LDL was up to 199 from 90, and HDL was 37 down from 42.

At 30:20 Carl said to spread the fathead pizza dough on wax paper. He meant parchment

At 45:00 Carl said fois gras was made by force feeding grains to ducks. It's actually geese.

At 1:03 Carl referred to the ration of HDL/TRIG when he meant TRIG/HDL

Fitness & Diet Playlist:
Soft Skills Book:

Jul 4, 2016

How To Move From Beginner To Advanced Programming?

You're a beginner programmer. You don't know everything that the programming world has to offer but you know some stuff. However, you feel trapped. You feel like you're in place where you want to move from beginner to advanced programming but you don't know how.

This is a place where a lot of programmers get stuck when they try to develop their skills. They feel that they already know some stuff but they don't know everything. And so, they can't get the strategy to move forward.

I've been caught in this place for a long time. For years, I felt like I knew some stuff, I wanted to learn more but I was not yet an advanced programmer. Until I learned to learn.

Are you interested in knowing how to move from beginner to advanced programming? Watch this video and find out!

10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course:
Soft Skills Book:

Jul 1, 2016

How Long Does It Take To Write A Blog Post?

If you're a blogger you've probably wondered if the amount of time you spend writing a blog post is "normal". Maybe you spend 8 hours writing a 500-word blog post. Or maybe you spend weeks trying to come up with a 2000 word blog post.

How in the hell will you know if this is normal? How can you possibly know if this is a decent amount of time you should spend trying to write a blog post when you don't have anything you can rely on?

Well, the amount of time you spend writing a blog post will definitely depend on and rely on a lot of different factors. Time, research, ability etc. So, is there an amount of time you can use to measure your performance when writing a blog post?

Watch this video and find out!

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