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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Mar 9, 2016

Drinking In The Morning Will Ruin Your Fasting Diet?

If you follow this YouTube channel, you're probably aware that I fast until 5 pm every day and I usually have only one meal per day.

I received a question from a friend asking me if he should drink some flavoured drink in the morning. Will this ruin his fasting diet? Will this 10 calories of the pack make his fasting diet ruin down?

Listen to this podcast episode and find out!


Mar 7, 2016

Why are you procrastinating to take action on your projects?

In today's podcast, I'll answer a question from a reader of the blog. He says that he wanted to start creating online courses but he is unsure about what is the best way to start. Should he record his face? Should he use chroma key? Should he record only his screen?

While these questions are indeed important, I think this might not be his main issue. In fact, he might be procrastinating because of a deeper issue of his.

Watch this episode and find out why you may be procrastinating on your projects too and find out how you can stop doing that.


Mar 4, 2016

What Is The Most Efficient Way To Read Books?

Most people think that only reading books will change their lives. However, most people don't even absorb any information of the books they read.

So, what should you do in order to read books efficiently? Watch this video and find out!


Mar 2, 2016

How To Write A Professional Weekly Repot For Your Manager?

Whether you are an employee on a corporate job or a freelancer, you need to have an excellent relationship with your employer or client. Communication is one of the most important things you should have in order to continuously build trust and make your work valuable.

Writing a weekly Report is one of the simplest and easiest things you can do in order to build trust on your job and make the life of your manager easier.

But... How should you write a killer weekly report? is it complicated? How should you structure it?

Click play and listen to this episode to find out!


Feb 29, 2016

What is the best way to start building an app?

Do you know how to start building a mobile app? Do you know what you need in order to build an app?

Most software developers don't even know how to start building an app. Should they plan all the way down or should they start building and change things as they get feedback? Should you develop for android or for iOS?

Should you sit down and plan the entire application before writing even a single line of code?

Just listen to this podcast and discover what is the best way to start building an app!

Feb 26, 2016

Xamarin Evolve Conference 2016:

Android Vs. iOs: Which One Is The Best? And... Which is the best if you're a software developer?

I get this question a lot and I felt like creating a video to answer this question.

Android and iOS are basically the biggest mobile platforms, now, in 2016. Both Android and iOS have its strengths and weaknesses. Which one should you prefer if you're a software developer?

According to Comscore (, both Android and iOS have its specifications that every software developer should be aware of:

- iPhone Users are Slightly Younger and More Affluent
- Android Users Have Broader Content Category Reach, Despite iOS Users’ Higher Propensity
- iPhone Users More Likely to Engage in M-Commerce
- iPhone Satisfaction Corresponds with High Device Loyalty
- Developers Should Think About What’s Most Important Before Developing an App

Every software developer should think and do a very detailed research before developing an app, no matter what platform do they choose.

Is iOS better and more reliable? Does Android offer more options to work as a developer and, thus, will be the future?

Android vs iOs: Which one is the best if you're a software developer?

Feb 24, 2016

Do You Have To Be An Entrepreneur To Be Successful?

I often get this question from my readers, asking me if they need to be entrepreneurs to be successful.

Well, this is a tough question do answer. Although you may be successful doing whatever you want, it is necessary and mandatory to understand why entrepreneurs have a higher chance of being successful.

Can you still be successful as an employee, consultant, or whatever you want to be? Sure! But entrepreneurs have this higher change!

Listen to this podcast to find out why entrepreneurs have a higher change of getting wealth and success.


Feb 22, 2016


Do you lie to yourself?

If you do, then you're about to destroy your entire life and career! Lying to yourself is one of the worst things you can do to yourself.

Most of us don't actually seek out truths. Instead, we try to avoid even finding them out.

There are places in your life that are screwed up. There are insecurities which you have inside that you don't wanna face. But, you REALLY need to face it.

If you really want to be successful you need to be true to yourself. Lying to yourself in all (or just in specific) areas of your life will be very harmful to you.

If there is one advice I could give you is... Don't life to yourself. Instead, choose to face reality.

Feb 19, 2016


You feel like you can't go on with your life. You feel trapped and nothing that you do seems to work. You're trapped inside of your own life.

You have work, school, family and friends to deal with. And you don't see a way out of this... WHAT SHOULD I DO JOHN?

Well, there are a lot of factors that play a role into this whirlwind of disasters... And one of them is: laziness.

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself if you're being lazy? if you didn't, it's time to do that!

Feb 17, 2016

Do you want to create value and wealth for your life? If so, you need to follow the 70/30 rule.

What is this 70/30 rule all about? Well, most of us spend more time-consuming content and learning new stuff instead of producing.

If we really want to be successful and start creating value to other people, we need to make this shift and turn this proportion upside down. We need to start to produce 70% of our time and leave the other 30% to learn and consume new stuff.

Feb 12, 2016

Do you have a blog? Does your blog have readers? If so, then you're almost half of the path to success. But, in order to be successful, you'll need to pass through another path: Engagement.

Do your readers engage with your content? Do they comment, like and share your blog posts?

If your answer was no, then you're in trouble! Don't worry! in this video I share some techniques you can start implementing on your blog in order to get more engagement from your readers.

Feb 10, 2016

American Software Developers (and freelancers, in general) are suffering from a newborn of the global economy: outsourcing.

Nowadays, clients can hire cheap freelancers in India, Philippines instead of hiring full-time employees and committing to their social rights...

This scenario is stealing jobs from American Software Developers and Freelancers... But... Is it really a threat to american software developers?

Feb 5, 2016

Can You Be Too Old For Software Development & Programming? Is it possible to be an excellent programmer when aging?

In today's video, I've answered a question about a reader that asked me about "Programming Till Old".

Can Old Software Developers Still Be Relevant On The Field? What Happens To Older Software Developers And Programmers?

Feb 3, 2016

Have you ever wondered about working remotely from another country as a programmer?

I answer a question from a reader that asks me if working remotely from Brazil as a junior programmer is a good idea. He wants to finish his graduation and move to Brazil to get an advantage of the currency exchange, from Brazilian Reais to US Dollars.

But... Is it a good idea? How should he proceed?

Feb 1, 2016

Ari Lamstein  is a graduate of the FREE Blogging Course and one of the many who took all the knowledge and advice seriously. When Ari emailed me about the success of his new product I knew I had to interview the guy.

About 2 years ago, he was working at a real estate company and had a lot of data. He started working on a software/data science project. Check out the full interview with Ari.

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.

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