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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Apr 23, 2017


Jim Rohn has one of the most amazing quotes I have ever seen and I often reuse this quote due to its geniality:

"You're The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With" - Jim Rohn

This sentence is awesome because it shows how the people surrounding us affects us tremendously. This is why you should start to pick and select the people you hang out with and start to talk and get yourself near the ones are more aligned with your principles and objectives in life.

Besides that, you shouldn't be wasting your time losers. Tough to say and to hear, right? But true...

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Change Your Friends Change Your Life:

Apr 22, 2017


Letting things go is always a complicated thing, for most people. I see lots and lots of people complaining about how they're attached to material things, people, emotions, relationships etc and I believe this is the source of so many frustrations in life.

Letting things go is hard and I confess it requires practice. I find myself from time to time attached to a lot of stuff and I need to remind myself to let go.

So, in this video, I'll talk about letting people and relationships go... And this is not how you must think of how letting go works.

Why You Won't Be Happy Unless You Let Things Go:
Why You're Always Going To Be Alone In Life:
On Being A "Nice Guy":

Apr 21, 2017


The process of evaluating data using analytical and logical reasoning to examine each component of the data provided is called data analysis or statistics.

This form of analysis is just one of the many steps that must be completed when conducting a research experiment. Data from various sources is gathered, reviewed, and then analyzed to form some sort of finding or conclusion. There are a variety of specific data analysis method, some of which include data mining, text analytics, business intelligence, and data visualizations.

As you know, we are gathering more and more data each new year. As our society develops, more data is stored and more it needs interpretation.

Doest it has a future? Or is it a lost case? Watch this video and find out!

Inevitable Book:

Apr 20, 2017


I've talked several times before about productivity and how important it is for programmers to get ahead in their careers and complete projects.

In this video, I teamed up with Tynan to discuss how programmers can be more productive in their day to day routine and how adopting productive techniques can transform your career.

Tynan has spent his life exploring the outer reaches of human experience and making them accessible to everyone. He has written six books, some of which have been #1 bestsellers in their categories and translated into foreign languages. He is best known for traveling the world with a tiny backpack, buying an island with his friends, appearing as a major character in the book The Game, and for blogging for over 10 years at

He has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and TV. He was selected as one of Time Magazine's top 25 bloggers and as one of the first Amtrak Resident Writers.

Tynan's Blog:
Cruise Sheet Website:
Tynan Books Amazon Page:

Apr 19, 2017


Being productive is important and there is a whole industry built in order to tackle all these questions related to productivity.

One of the virtues of productivity is being able to to the most work that you can in the least amount of time possible. Time optimization is definitely a key element in this industry.

and one of the ways you can optimize your time is by batching things up.

However... How can you batch things up if you're feeling tired in the afternoon? Should you take some time to sleep? or would it be a waste of time?

Watch this video and find out!

Getting a Better Sleep Playlist:
Tools Of The Titans:

Apr 18, 2017


A bot (short for "robot") is a program that operates as an agent for a user or another program or simulates a human activity. On the Internet, the most ubiquitous bots are the programs, also called spiders or crawlers, that access Web sites and gather their content for search engine indexes.

I've received this question from a reader asking me about bots and what do I think about all this stuff.

I need to say that I've changed my opinion on this after reading the article that was in this email, that's why I decided to record this video and share my opinion on Bots.

Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over
Virtual Reality (VR): Too Early To Specialize?

Apr 17, 2017


It’s not too often that completely new roles are invented in the IT field, so the role of DevOps is both unique and a little, shall we say, loosely defined.

What exactly is DevOps?

Well, it’s a conglomeration or a mashup, if you will, of development and operations.

In my mind, I think MacGyver.

If you ask different people, you’ll get many answers, but for the most part, they’ll agree that DevOps is all about doing whatever needs to be done to get the code built, tested, deployed, and running in production.

It’s the multidisciplinary process of getting code from development to production and taking care of the code when it’s there.

Instead of having two or three separate roles that don’t know much about each other, and are arguably hostile and antagonistic at times, DevOps is about taking full ownership at every step along the way.

So... How do you become a DevOps? What is the process behind becoming a DevOps? Watch this video and find out!

Getting Started With Jenkins Continuous Integration:

Apr 16, 2017

Past memories can haunt us for the rest of our lives. I see a lot of people struggling to get ahead in their lives because of past experiences.

Trauma. Sadness. Fear... All these emotions come back whenever a past experience is triggered by some new experiences.

How do you get rid of past memories? Is there a technique to forget all the painful memories?

Watch this video and find out!

Moonwalking With Einstein:

Apr 15, 2017

Living life is full of experiences. We are in constant change and every experience we have changes us in ways we can't even imagine.

However, just like everything in life, we experience big and small events that will stick with us or will fade forever.

How many times have you experienced memories that changed your life forever? Have you wondered how it made you who you are today?

Watch this video to know more!

Apr 14, 2017

What if you were a software developer but did not like... CODING?

What would you do?

In this video, I received a question from a reader telling me that he was finishing his software development degree and he wanted to get a job but... HE DOESN'T LIKE CODING.

What are the job he could apply for that does not involve coding? Watch this video and find out!

Apr 13, 2017

Most developers aim to become entrepreneurs and the amount of information regarding that transition is still scarce. Most information out there is purely technical.

This is why I decided to team up with John-Daniel Trask, the founder of Raygun, so that he could share with you all the experience he had in going from developer to entrepreneur.

"In 2014 we raised capital to aggressively grow our fastest growing product to date: Raygun ( Raygun is a monthly subscription product to help companies track software issues directly from their software, whatever programming language it is written in. Customers range from indie developers through to the industry giants like Microsoft, Intel and Nato."

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Apr 12, 2017

How many times have you heard someone say "Ok, let's do it! We build a project, put it in the app store, start selling it and we're good"? I would say a lot.

Developers have this thing when ti comes to building projects and I found this to be a wonderful thing. We should focus on building our own portfolio and the more we produce, the better.

However, have you ever stopped to analyze the cost of a programming project? How much does it cost to build something?

What are the strategies you should follow?

FREE Blogging Course:
Simple Programmer Products Page:

Apr 11, 2017

A lot of people, especially people who watch this channel, often ask me this:

"John, do you still like programming?"

In this video, I'll tell you my current relationship with programming, why I made such a change in my career, what I hope to do in the future and why you shouldn't let labels define you.

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

Apr 10, 2017

Most developers are afraid to change jobs, especially in a short period of time. This term can be defined as "job-hopping", or "To change jobs frequently, especially as a means of quick financial gain or career advancement"

In this video, I received a question from a reader telling me that he was afraid that job-hopping would hurt his career.

He told me that he is changing jobs frequently, mostly in 1-year periods and he is afraid that it might be a bad thing in front of new employers.

So... Does it actually hurt your career to job-hop? Watch this video and find out!

Apr 9, 2017

Being resilient is a virtue. More and more, things are getting more and more complex and yet, people are expecting life to become easier.

Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences.

So... Should you expect things to get easier? How do you cope with the difficulties of life?

Watch this video and find out!

I'm Addicted To Pornography & Masturbation:
How To Overcome Addictions & Bad Habits:
Why Men Should Be Strong (Not Just Physically):
Showing Vulnerability Will Make You Strong:

Apr 8, 2017

From time to time I receive some awesome emails from readers of the blog and viewers of the channel telling me how their lives have changed over time by putting all the advice I give here in this channel into practice.

In this video, I'll simply read this email I received in which this guy simply shared his story with me and he was able to summarize very well all the advice I try to give here in this channel.

This is why I do what I do. This is how you become a better version of yourself.

What Was It Like When You Made A Million Dollars?:
I'm 7.5k In Debt! How Can I Liquidate it?:

Apr 7, 2017

A REIT is a type of security that invests in real estate through property or mortgages and often trades on major exchanges like a stock. REITs provide investors with an extremely liquid stake in real estate. They receive special tax considerations and typically offer high dividend yields.

I see a lot of people who are afraid of investing in real estate asking me if REIT is a good option. Imagine how good it would be if you could get the results you would in real estate without having all the headaches that come with it?

That exactly what REIT is all about... But... Is it a viable option?

Real Estate Playlist:
Simple Real Estate Investment For Software Developers:

Apr 6, 2017

From time to time, I make some videos for men, telling how they should be strong, not show weakness, etc.

However, recently I read a book that kind of changed my opinions on this topic.

I've been studying and observing how showing weakness can, actually make you stronger in front of your opponents and other people.

Wanna know more about how showing vulnerability (and not weakness) will make you stronger? Watch this video and find out!

Models: Attract Women Through Honesty:
On Feminine, Masculine and Why It Matters:
Why Men Should Be Strong!:
How To Not Give A Shit About What Other People Say:

Apr 5, 2017

Starting a side project can be challenging. It involves a lot of different things: time, courage, determination, motivation, action, money, etc...

All of this can scare most people and this is why so any developers drop their side projects after a few months.

This is why you should consider the idea of having someone to help you, which means, a partner to help you with your side projects.

How do you find the perfect partner for a side project? Watch this video and find out!

Want To Accomplish Your Goals? Become A Finisher!:

Apr 4, 2017

Motivation is something that comes and go. We're constantly in this motivation cycle: sometimes we feel like we're in the top of the mountain and, suddenly, it feels like all our energy is drowned and we hit rock bottom.

When we feel unmotivated, we suddenly feel lazy and this is absolutely normal.

However, sometimes, we can't escape the laziness and we can definitely suffer the consequences.

In this video, I'll share with you a very powerful technique to overcome laziness and get yourself motivated again.

Relapse: How It Can Screw Your Whole Life:
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago:

Apr 3, 2017

Getting a good night of sleep is of major important for any human being. When we're talking about sleep, there is a common factor for every person, whether you're an athlete or a programmer, and this is quality.

In the short term, a lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury. In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.

We live in a society that, more and more, neglects sleep and people are having more and more trouble in getting a good night of sleep.

So... How do you get a good night of sleep? Watch this video and find out!

Apr 2, 2017

So, recently I released a video called "Backend Developer: What Does it Do" and it turns out that a lot of people started posting comments asking me if I was high.

Well, we cannot deny that I was different and very happy in the videos, but why do I need to be high to act like that?

This is exactly the point in this video: Why do we/you need to be high to start doing things and acting in an energetic way? In this video I'll tell you why you can find all of this inside of you and you should start avoiding crutches from now on.

Backend Developer: What Does It Do?:
I'm Addicted To Pornography & Masturbation:
Get Up And Do Something Playlist:
How To Overcome Social Anxiety?:
Should I Take ADHD Medication?:

Apr 1, 2017

Time for another Real Estate / Financial question here in Simple Programmer... Why? Because we all love money ;)

Anyway, in this video, I'll discuss two financial options that seem similar for most people but can take you to two different financial roads...

In this video I'll explain the difference between investing in SP 500 Index and Real Estate... Which one is better for you?

Watch this video and find out!

Making Money & Finances Playlist:
Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook:
Simple Real Estate Investing For Software Developers:
The Millionaire Fastlane:
What Are The Areas You Should Master In Life?:

Mar 31, 2017

When I first received this question I must confess I thought it was a really silly question... C'mon, how in the earth would someone not know what IT is?

However, after reading the question, I became aware that it could really help a lot of people because I see a lot of developers making some confusion with this.

Basically, the most basic definition for IT is:
"Set of tools, processes, and methodologies (such as coding/programming, data communications, data conversion, storage and retrieval, systems analysis and design, systems control) and associated equipment employed to collect, process, and present information. In broad terms, IT also includes office automation, multimedia, and telecommunications."

I find this definition to be exclusive and I must tell you why...

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

Mar 30, 2017

Technical leads and managers work hard to hire the best people, choose the best tools, implement the best process, and deliver great software. Unfortunately, our actions too often sabotage our best efforts, producing frustrated teams, poor software quality and driving away our best developers.

It happens to a lot of us but, fortunately, we have some strategies to teach you that can greatly reduce the amount of damage caused by these mistakes.

In today's webinar I've teamed up with Marcus Blankenship, a recurring guest of this channel.

We wll discuss all the ideas behind the habits that ruin a technical team and how you can avoid them, based on his new book, with the same name.

"This book is a mirror for you to reflect on your leadership efforts. It is not for the feint of heart, but for those who are willing to bravely ask, "Do I have this habit?"

Based on my 20 years of managing software teams, and coaching other technical leaders, this book points out 7 ways you could be unwittingly hurting your programmers, eroding trust and undercutting motivation and productivity."

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

7 Habits That Ruin Your Technical Team:
Asking Your Employer For Feedback: Should You Do It?:

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