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 16, 2017

So, a lot of you guys requested a Top 10 Ruby Books and well... There you have it!

Lately, I've been doing a lot of different Top Books on my channel. I figured it is an awesome way of providing a good way to start for those who want to learn new programming languages or even for those people that want to study more about a specific language.

So, in this video I'll give you my Top 10 Ruby Books. This will be an awesome resource for those who want to learn Ruby, especially nowadays if a lot of information overload. Having focus and knowing where you want to go will definitely make a big difference on how fast you'll learn Ruby.

Ruby is a general purpose programming language created in the 1990s by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto. It’s also one of the best languages to start with when you’re first learning to code.

The general purpose nature of Ruby makes it suitable for a wide array of programming tasks, just like Perl, Python and other general purpose languages. The key features of Ruby focus on developer "happiness" and ease of use, making it a good language for those just learning to program and for those who want to get more done with less code. It's pervasive object-oriented features also make it very intuitive.

So... Do you want to learn Ruby? Here are the Top 10 Books you should be aware.

Beginning Ruby:
The Well-Grounded Rubyist:
Programming Ruby 1.9 & 2.0: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide:
Ruby Cookbook: Recipes for Object-Oriented Scripting:
Effective Ruby: 48 Specific Ways to Write Better Ruby:
Metaprogramming Ruby 2: Program Like the Ruby Pros:
Eloquent Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby):
Clean Ruby:
Agile Web Development with Rails 5:
Learn Ruby the Hard Way:

Top 10 C++ Books (Beginner & Advanced):

Mar 15, 2017

So, a lot of you think I'm a beast. You guys think that I have it all figured out and that I was only able to advance my career due to "knowing it all"...

However, you're definitely wrong. Just like you, I had to figure a lot of things out and if I knew some of the stuff I'm sharing with you guys back then, I would definitely be in a completely different stage of my career...

So... Do you wanna know what I wish I knew when I started my career as a developer?

Watch this video and find out!

Mar 14, 2017

If you know me, you've seen me talking about side projects and why I believe every person should have a side project.

However, creating and maintaining a side project is not always easy. There are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration before choosing the right side project for you.

Sometimes, we don't know if the side project we're investing will get any return for us.

So... How do you know if a side project is worth it? Watch this video and find out!


How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer:
FREE Blogging Course:
Technical Skills Vs. Personal Branding:

Mar 13, 2017

So, technology does change fast and we all know that, right? Us, software developers must learn how to deal with this and there is nowhere to run.

However, I must admit that there are some technologies that does change more rapidly than others, especially when it comes to structure, frameworks, usability, etc...

So... Is it viable to specialize in a technology that will drastically change in 1-2 years?

Wouldn't it be better to go the safe route and pick a more solid one? Watch this video and find out!

FREE Blogging Course:

Mar 12, 2017

There are some developers that want to go down the road of investing and they invest their times trying to figure out what are the best investments for their specific situations...

Of course, every investment you choose will have pros and cons, no matter how much you try to reduce the cons. This is why, every choice that you make needs to be in alignment with your current situation.

In this video, I'll talk, specifically, about the differences between investing in Real Estate and creating an Online Business...

Which one should you choose?

Join Simple Programmer's Community:
Real Estate Playlist:
Your Setpoints Determine Your Success:
The Millionaire Fastlane:
Simple Real Estate Investment For Software Developers:

Mar 11, 2017

Recently I received a very interesting question from a viewer of this channel.

In that question, he said that he viewed me as a perfectionist and that I treated myself quite rough. He asked then if I did this to other people as well.

In fact, I must confess that I did that for some time during my life. I couldn't cope but to expect people to be like me, to act like me and to accomplish the same things as I was.

However, it changed... And now I don't think like this anymore. Wanna know what changed and why you should not expect people to be like you?

Watch this video and find out!

I'm Addicted To Pornography & Masturbation:
How To Motivate Your Girlfriend To Take Action?:
Don't Allow People To Claim Ownership Over Your Life:
Contradictions Of Life & Letting Things Go:
Date With Destiny Seminar:

Mar 10, 2017

Investment can be tricky and if you don't follow the right advice you can make really bad decisions.

In this video, I'll talk about the difference between paying your school loans or investing that money.

While some people would say that this answer is written in stone, I must disagree.

In this video, I'll tell you how you should proceed in situations like these and why it is important to always evaluate all of your options.

Real Estate Investing For Software Developers:
Simple Real Estate Investing For Software Developers:

Mar 9, 2017

Today I have a special webinar for you. I partnered up with Ari Lamstein to talk about my career moves and how I became a successful developer.

In that talk, we've discussed how software developers can take charge of their careers and build a brilliant future.

The road might not be easy but with the right amount of effort and strategy you can definitely stand yourself from the crowd.

The good thing is that Ari did everything I told and he changed his career completely.

So, do you wanna know what can you do in order to become a successful developer? Watch this video and find out!

Mar 8, 2017

All software developers want to earn more money based on the work they do. Most of us, whether you like it or not, are driven by money and it plays a critical role in most of the choices we make.

So, if you're a software developer, you've probably wondered several times how you can increase your salary, being a software developer.

Of course there are several ways of doing this and it is just impossible to talk about all of them here.

The first thing you should do is know your salary range, the area of technology, the job title, and the geographic location of the job you are applying for.

You are not going to have perfect data on this, but before you go into any kind of salary negotiations or evaluate a job offer, you should at least have a pretty good idea of the range whatever company you are applying for usually pays someone in an equivalent title or position.

However, there is a lot more to that than you know, and that is the part that most software developers end up neglecting: Marketing.

Wanna know how to increase your salary as a software developer? Watch this video and find out!

How To Market Yourself Course:

Mar 7, 2017

So, as you all now, I am a millionaire. And I don't say it to brag myself, far from it. I tell it to inspire people that if I was able to to do, you'll also be able to do the same thing.

So, recently I've received a question from a guy asking me what it was like when I made a million dollars and if I could share my story with you.

So, in this video, I'll share everything about my road to my million dollars, how it felt, what it can teach you and how you can do the same.

How Everyone Thinks They'll Become Rich Someday:
Career Story Playlist:
Real Estate Playlist:
How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer:
Do You Really Bill $300 An Hour?:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
When You Can't Handle Freedom:
How To Find Your Life Purpose:

Mar 6, 2017

Getting an internship is the option that some software developers have to learn and get experience in a real world environment where you'll get to see how software development really works (well, kind of)

If you are just starting out, one of the best and easiest ways to get a job is through an internship.

This is especially true if you are trying to get a job with a big technology company like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, or Apple.

Many large technology companies only hire experienced software developers or interns.

Internships provide a unique opportunity for a company to evaluate a potential employee before they hire them.

However... Is it possible to believe that you will get an internship without knowing NOTHING about programming?

Watch this video and find out!

Focus On Being Crappy In Order To Become Great:

Mar 5, 2017

So, recently I've been playing around with my daughter and she started selling cookies.

As a father, I could've helped her but instead, I decided it was time for me to step back and watch her. And I must confess that the lessons I've learned with her are simply priceless.

Watching her has made me realize some things I was doing wrong and some new techniques that really worked with her and that are so simple that I could start implementing in my life and sales pitching now.

Wanna know what I've learned? Watch this video and find out!

Attracting Women & Becoming A Better Man Playlist:

Mar 4, 2017

So, a little while ago I released my 2017 channel trailer which a LOT of people ended up feeling motivated and asking me a lot of questions about it.

In this video, I received a very interesting which I thought I should answer in this channel:

Can you do a video on what made you decide to be a fucking bulldog and how you did it?"

So, here it is! In this video I'll share with you why I said that and how I became a "fucking bulldog", which changed my life completely, especially when it comes to achieving my goals and changing my life.

Simple Programmer 2017 Channel Trailer:
How Everyone Thinks They'll Become Rich Someday:
I'm 21 And I've Never Had A Girlfriend:
Want To Accomplish Your Goals? Become A Finisher:
Tim Ferriss: Smart Guy Or Scam?:
Antifragile Book:

Mar 3, 2017

Programming is HARD, right?

At least this is what some programmers think. Today I've received a question from a reader telling me that he felt that programming was hard and he felt unmotivated.

He couldn't learn and he spent all day at home watching TV and etc... He couldn't just get his life ahead and go on with his projects.

So... How do we get around this? How do you find motivation so that you become a software developer?

Watch this video and find out!

Motivation For Software Developers:
The War Of Art:
STOP Comparing Yourself To Others:

Mar 2, 2017

Whether you're choosing a language-specific or platform-oriented credential, it's worth looking at my top five programming certifications for software developers.

I've talked several times before about attending to coding boot camps, doing nanodegrees but I've never actually talked about the best online programming certifications that are out there.

Nowadays, the entire programming workforce is changing so much and there are A LOT more options for those who want to become developers that, if you really want that, you should consider all possibilities.

Developer and programming skills are in high demand, and this isn't changing anytime soon. This is why achieving a developer certification can help you keep an edge in the market by making you stand out among your peers. And the programs are getting stronger each day, especially with those online certifications.

So... What are the top 5 online programming certifications?

Should I Focus On Getting Certifications?:
Developer Bootcamps Playlist:

UC Berkeley Extension:

Mar 1, 2017

Most software developers want to work in the US.

Software Development is definitely a field that is on fire and it is not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Each day a new field just appears, new companies rise, new technologies emerge and the field changes itself rapidly.

The US is definitely the home of some of the big companies out there, and the innovation we see in the Silicon Valley is a HUGE thing.

This is why so many software developers want to work in the US... However... How could that be possible?

What are the options for you, as a foreign developer, to work in the US? And most of all... What are the easiest/most effective ways?

Watch this video and find out!


Feb 28, 2017

Have you ever wondered what are the best books to learn Python?

"Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development, as well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together. Python's simple, easy to learn syntax emphasizes readability and therefore reduces the cost of program maintenance. Python supports modules and packages, which encourages program modularity and code reuse. The Python interpreter and the extensive standard library are available in source or binary form without charge for all major platforms, and can be freely distributed.

Often, programmers fall in love with Python because of the increased productivity it provides. Since there is no compilation step, the edit-test-debug cycle is incredibly fast. Debugging Python programs is easy: a bug or bad input will never cause a segmentation fault. Instead, when the interpreter discovers an error, it raises an exception. When the program doesn't catch the exception, the interpreter prints a stack trace. A source level debugger allows inspection of local and global variables, evaluation of arbitrary expressions, setting breakpoints, stepping through the code a line at a time, and so on. The debugger is written in Python itself, testifying to Python's introspective power. On the other hand, often the quickest way to debug a program is to add a few print statements to the source: the fast edit-test-debug cycle makes this simple approach very effective."

I've programmed in Python before and I must say I love Python!

In this video I'll list the top 10 books if you're serious about learning python, whether you're a beginner and or advanced (even a kid! lol)

Learn Python The Hard Way:
Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist:
Dive Into Python 3:
Core Python Programming:
The Quick Python Book:
Beginning Python: From Novice to Professional:
Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners:
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner:
Python Essential Reference:
Python Cookbook:
Violent Python:
Top Programming Books Playlist:
Trust The Process T-Shirt:

Feb 27, 2017

A lot of developers feel like they don't know enough. They want to know if their skills are good enough before they take on any opportunity and any new jobs.

I see a lot of developers suffering from this. They never feel ready, they end up spending A LOT of time studying and getting ready before jumping into any new opportunities.

They often ask me: John, how can I measure my programming skills? Is there a way to know if I'm skilled enough for the job?

In this video, I'll tell you how you can measure your programming skills and know if you're ready to take on your next developer opportunity.

How Lying To Yourself Will Destroy Your Life And Career:
Real Estate Investment For Software Developers:

Feb 26, 2017

So, as I like to say, I tend to buy some books just by reading its name. And this is exactly what happened with "What Doesn't Kill Us".

What a freaking awesome name! And what an AWESOME book! I must say I was surprised by it.

Here is the book description, extracted from Amazon:
"Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forebears?

Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney takes up the challenge to find out: Can we hack our bodies and use the environment to stimulate our inner biology? Helping him in his search for the answers is Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Carney also enlists input from an Army scientist, a world-famous surfer, the founders of an obstacle course race movement, and ordinary people who have documented how they have cured autoimmune diseases, lost weight, and reversed diabetes. In the process, he chronicles his own transformational journey as he pushes his body and mind to the edge of endurance, a quest that culminates in a record-bending, 28-hour climb to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

An ambitious blend of investigative reporting and participatory journalism, What Doesn't Kill Us explores the true connection between the mind and the body and reveals the science that allows us to push past our perceived limitations."

Wanna know more about this awesome book?

What Doesn't Kill Us:
Grit Book:
AntiFragile Book:

Feb 25, 2017

So, as you probably know, I believe that "Trusting The Process" is one of the best motivational mantras you can use in your life.

Believing in Trusting The Process will make you focus in your goal, without worrying about results and making you like a beast when it comes to achieving any goals you might have.

In this video, I'll share an awesome success story I've received that will definitely inspire you to achieve your dreams and to "Trust The Process".

Please, STOP Watching My Videos!:
Soft Skills Book:

Feb 24, 2017

How do you learn two things at once? This is exactly what we're going to discuss in this video.

Today, I've received a question from a reader asking me how he should learn web and iOS development at the same time.

Although this is a good topic, I couldn't help but answer that this is such a question for anyone who is splitting focus and trying to learn a lot of things at once.

As I've talked before, this is not the best strategy for learning anything but, if you really wanna do it, there are some things you can do in order to maximize your results.

Feb 23, 2017

If you're a software developer I doubt you'll ever be able to learn everything that software developer has to offer. Every day new programming languages come out, technology changes and the process is updated.

All this amount of information makes it impossible for developers to actually learn everything they want. That's why they have to choose, and filtering information nowadays is gold.

"In computer programming, a software framework is an abstraction in which software providing generic functionality can be selectively changed by additional user-written code, thus providing application-specific software. A software framework is a universal, reusable software environment that provides particular functionality as part of a larger software platform to facilitate development of software applications, products and solutions. Software frameworks may include support programs, compilers, code libraries, tool sets, and application programming interfaces (APIs) that bring together all the different components to enable development of a project or system."

While there are A LOT of frameworks nowadays, how do you know which ones to choose?

5 Learning Mistakes Developers Make:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
How It Feels To Learn JavaScript In 2016:
Antifragile Book:

Feb 22, 2017

How to Become A Developer Coming From A Complete Different Field?

Picture this: you work at the oil industry but the crisis has come and there are literally no more jobs in the industry you work. You start searching for the next big thing and you start to fall in love with software development.

Now, you want to become a developer because you've seen the amazing opportunities it can bring to your overall life and career, but... How do you do it?

How do you make the transition into software development from such a different industry?

Feb 21, 2017

Focusing can be difficult and we all know that. More and more, people are getting trouble to focus on their daily tasks and this is something that literally can kill your productivity.

What most people don't know is that there are ways in which you can organize your daily tasks in order to get the most out of your productivity.

There are simple techniques which you can start implementing right now that will make your productivity grow.

How I Plan My Week:
So Good They Can't Ignore You:

Feb 20, 2017

Writing code can be a tricky thing, especially when you start practicing it. Most developers end up reading a lot of books, acquiring a LOT of theoretical knowledge but when it comes to writing the actual code, they get stuck.

And this is why I get so many different questions about that subject.

Developers from all around the world ask me "John, how can I gain practical experience writing code?"


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