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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Feb 19, 2017


There are times when we need to set limits, especially when it comes to work.

Since I've become an entrepreneur, I've started to work a lot... And what I mean by a lot is... A LOT.

Due to that, I always try to adjust my schedule to make sure I get my work done but also take some time for me and my family. And we all know that work can be consuming and if we don't set a proper limit, it will make us go mad, literally making a never stop thing.

Keeping A Life Journal: Why You Should Do It:

Feb 18, 2017


There's an old saying "There are no problems only opportunities."
Too often we focus on problems and fail to see opportunities right in front of us. When you focus on your problems when you only think of what is wrong you will only see problems and fail to see opportunities and creative solutions.

Most of us get really pissed when we face some problems. In this video, I'm going to tell you a quick story about what happened to me last week when I was supposed to hit the gym and how I decided to not give up and, instead, figured out a way to turn the problem around.

Wanna know more?

How You Live One Day Is How You Live Every Day:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:

Feb 17, 2017

A lot of software developers like to make things complicated. They get something that could be simple and easy and, due to what most people tell on the internet, make it complicated.

Software should be simple.

Said that, it's easy to understand why so many developers have a hard time building software from scratch. In their minds, it's a totally complex and difficult thing and they get completely stuck in the middle of the process.

So, the question is... How do you build software from scratch?

Clean Code Book:

Feb 16, 2017

"The term programming logic has its roots in the advancement of computer science. Programming logic started only with 'hard and fast logic' compiled into sophisticated algorithms and expressed in programming languages like Prolog.

Basic computers developed ways to deal with numbers and logical states, applying specific operators that lead to precise results."

in this video, I've received a question from a reader asking how he could become better at programming logic and this is kind of a recurrent question I get almost every day.

So, how do you get better at programming logic?


10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course:
How Do I Learn C++?:
Learning Algorithms Playlist:

Feb 15, 2017

Criticizing is something that we are all familiar with, right?

At some point in our lives, we've been criticized and we've criticized too.

However, we should bring up the point of whether criticizing is a good thing or not. There are points to both sides that both say that criticizing is a good thing and some saying that it doesn't help anything.

So... Where do I stand in all of this? How do we know if we should criticize people/things or just let them go?

How To Win Friends And Influence People:
The 48 Laws Of Power:
I Don't Want To Be A One Hit Wonder:
Accept Criticism But Don't Give It:
Don't Take Feedbacks... At All!:

Feb 14, 2017


There are times in our lives when we are able to do some freaking hard and successful things. This is great because these accomplishments stay with us for the rest of our lives, showing us how we are strong and how we can accomplish anything once we set the intention to.

However, this can also be a dangerous trap, if we don't know how to handle it.

There are times when we must feel the obligation to top ourselves every time. While this can be beneficial in some situations, it can also create a standard that we might not be able to achieve.

So, what do you do in situations like these?

All The Books I Read In 2016:
Soft Skills Book:
Bird By Bird Book:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

Feb 13, 2017

When Should You Niche Down & Expand?

Niching down is always a question here in this YouTube channel. I receive a lot of emails from people asking me all different kinds of questions when it comes to choosing a niche and becoming a specialist.

In today's video, I'm going to answer the question "When should you niche down and expand?"

To answer this question, we are going to talk about market, economics and market strategy. Simple and very effective concepts that you should be aware of, even if you're not an entrepreneur.

Wanna know more about niching down and specialization?

How To Market Yourself Course:

Feb 12, 2017

Oh, if I could count the times I've talked about giving excuses in this channel I think it would make more than 20... But, you know, there is always more to talk about.

Coming up with excuses for the mistakes you make in your life is what most of us do. Sometimes, this is a completely unconscious process and coming to awareness is sometimes difficult.

This is why, in this video, I'm going to talk about how giving excuses is not the right path to follow and why you should be aware of what you do so you can cut the bad by its roots.

How You Live One Day Is How You Live Every Day:

Feb 11, 2017

Fasting diet is a relatively new topic that is gaining popularity among athletes and fitness enthusiasts over the last years.

Due to its new popularity, people still have some doubts and questions about the efficacy of the results.

Besides that, it is had to get used to the idea that you will only be able to eat one meal a day, which gets in confront with what we know is considered "healthy".

So... Is fasting a healthy thing to do? Will you get sick when trying to fast?

Why I Fast Until 5 Every Day:
KetoSports KetoCaNa Dietary Ketone Supplement:

Feb 10, 2017

Balancing Social Life & Work... Is it possible?

In today's video, I've received a question from a fan of the Simple Programmer community asking me if it was possible to achieve a proper balance of social life and work.

He told me that he wants to become an entrepreneur but he is struggling to find this balance between his work and social life. Should he cut going out with his friends completely?

Should he stop hanging out on weekends? Should he become a workaholic?

This Online School For Developers Pays Teachers Millions Of Dollars:
10X Rule Book Review:
Be Obsessed Or Be Average Book Review:
Are You Willing To Pay The Price?:

Feb 9, 2017

Today I've partnered up with some pretty awesome guys from Scaphold to talk about GraphQL Backend as a Service, which is something this amazing company is doing.

Here is for you that want to know more about the company:
"Several months ago, the Scaphold team set out to build the most powerful GraphQL backend as a service platform. We're excited to have you build tons of apps on it! Recently, we were accepted into Y Combinator's Summer '16 Fellowship program, and we'll be working around the clock to give you the best possible experience. We'd love to hear from you!"

And this amazing work is bringing some awesome results, especially for those who as interested in GraphQL Backend.

Scaphold was built to address many issues that we've encountered as application developers. They believe that building applications should be quicker and easier to launch, scale, and maintain.

So, are you interested in GraphQL and knowing more about this amazing company? Website: Community (With Tutorials):

Feb 8, 2017

There is a lot of talk nowadays about stereotypes and how harmful they can be for people in general.

I hear a lot of talking about how we should make an effort to get rid of stereotypes and how relying on stereotypes is an offensive (and sometimes racist/sexist) thing to do.

But before we continue, we need to understand what are stereotypes:
"A stereotype is a preconceived notion, especially about a group of people. Many stereotypes are racist, sexist, or homophobic."

So... How do we get rid of stereotypes? More important than that: Do we WANT to get rid of stereotypes?

Thinking Fast & Slow:

Feb 7, 2017

Today I'm going to answer a video question I received from a fan of the channel/website.

We are going to talk about personal branding vs. technical skills.

As you know, I'm a big fan of marketing and a lot of people don't seem to get the importance it has.

Ricky asked me what was the most important thing for a developer: personal branding or technical skills?

Should you focus on improving your personal branding or should you become the best developer you know when it comes to technical skills?

How To Market Yourself Course:

Feb 6, 2017

Avoiding distractions... How nice would it be if we had a magic pill that would do all the work for us, huh? Imagine if we could take a pill and get 100% focused all the time?

Well, due to the fact that it won't happen, we have to face the facts: distractions exist and we must learn how to deal with them.

How can we make sure we will avoid distractions and focus on what we need to do? Is there a proper strategy that will make you more productive, ignoring the most distractions you could possibly ignore?

Watch this video and find out!

GET The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
7 Habits Of Highly Effective People:
Essentialism Book:
The One Thing Book:
How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer:
How I Plan My Week:

Feb 5, 2017

We all like to appear strong as if we did not have any weaknesses, right?

As I've talked before, it can be a good thing. Showing off as a strong person will make you a good competitor and a good player in the "life's game".

However, you should acknowledge that you have weaknesses, at least, for one person, which is yourself.

In this video I'll tell you how you should start exploiting your weaknesses so no one will be able to take you down because of that...

What True Freedom Really Means?:
Protecting Your Downsides Playlist:
Day In The Life Ep. 4: SPARTA! & Halloween Half Marathon:

Feb 4, 2017

A lot of people make excuses for their mistakes.When they first get confronted with a failure they just end up giving excuses for the mistakes they've made and they literally don't evaluate, at least, what happened to things end up that way.

I agree that not everything is under your control. There are a lot of things that can turn out to be wrong and you cannot control.

However, it is important that you set yourself up, evaluate your mistakes and study how you can improve and prevent this from happening next time.

So, this why I say: stop with the excuses and pay the consequences!

Stop Making Excuses & Take Fucking Action!:

Feb 3, 2017

So, a lot of people, especially developer, want to know the future. They get lost trying to find out the next big programming language to learn or some technology that will be the hot new trend in the software development world.

However, predicting things is not THAT easy and sometimes it also fails.

You, as a developer, might want to know which path you should take. Predicting the future might be one of the most important things right now.

So... If you could only know what will be the next BIG opportunity in software development... What would you do?

Will Developer Jobs Disappear?:
The Inevitable Book:

Feb 2, 2017

So, as you might know, I have a Patreon campaign that I've created to support SP channel. Supporters are able to get a lot of rewards, get access to private groups and a lot of other stuff.

One of these prizes includes a monthly recording call with me, along with some other cool stuff.

Although this is purely Patreon stuff and only they can access this type of thing, I decided to record and release this call for the public.

This is the recording for January 2017, which we talked about a lot of career stuff, lifestyle and other cool (and important) stuff.

If you'd like, you can support Patreon too.

Wanna know more about Patreon and our monthly calls? 

Support SP Through PATREON:

Feb 1, 2017

We all live in a crazy world where it seems that the two most important things are: money & time.

That's why, if you want to get healthy you need to find a way to incorporate healthy meals into your day-to-day routine. It is important that you don't suffer the consequences of preparing your meals and that you find a way to balance both things.

In this video, I'll basically answer two questions:

1- Eating healthy is REALLY important?
2- How can you make healthy and fast meals and start living a healthy lifestyle without harming your schedule?

Fitness & Diet For Software Developers:
Why I Fast Until 5 Every Day:

Jan 31, 2017

Have you ever felt like you did something very good but... You wouldn't be able to keep up with that?

A lot of software developers suffer from what we call "the fear of not being able to do it again...

A lot of developers go on big projects, they have big wins in their lives but they are afraid to give a second shot at that... Mostly, because they are afraid to fail and feel like impostors.

What do you do in cases like that? How do you overcome this fear? What is the mindset shift you need to make in order to leave this fear behind?

Soft Skills Book:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Don't Be Afraid To Look Like An Idiot:

Jan 30, 2017

I know it sounds crazy, but some people who call themselves programmers can barely program. Me, working on both sides, I've seen a lot of this and I have to say that this is really bad for people responsible for hiring.

That's why extremely simple programming tests are step one of any sane interview process. These tests should happen online, and the goal is not to prove that the candidate is some kind of coding genius, but that they know what the heck programming is. Yes, it's sad and kind of depressing that this is even necessary.

Said that, I see a lot of developers complaining about how coding interviews should be banned and why is the reason companies do that.

In this video I'll explain why you shouldn't be afraid of online coding tests and, in fact, start accepting reality and start preparing yourself for that.

Why Hard Developer Interviews are Good:

Coding Interviews: What About "Online Whiteboard Tests"?:
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly Course:
Gates Of Fire Book:
Learning Algorithms: Is It Really Necessary?:
So You Want to Become a Better Programmer? (TopCoder):

Jan 29, 2017

Despite being experienced, old developers still suffer in the software development world.

There is a lot of ageism and old developers struggle to find their space. Some companies think they are too expensive and like to replace them for young developers. Other companies don't like to hire old developers for any reasons...

That's how they end up in limbo.

In this email, I received a question from an old developer saying he was overwhelmed by the environment we are living and how he could overcome these difficulties and thrive as a developer.

Old Developers Playlist:
10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:
Trusting The Process Playlist:

Jan 28, 2017

Young software developers usually struggle in this world when it comes to finding guidance at such a young age.

What do you do at such young age to start your career the best way you can possibly do?

In this episode, I'll share my experience and what I would do to start my career if I were 16 today.

Fitness & Diet Playlist:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide - GET NOW:

Jan 27, 2017

There are times in our lives when we need to negotiate with ourselves, right? Kind of...

I remember doing a video where I've talked about taking one step back in order to take two steps forward and this is kind of the same thinking here.

In this video, I'll discuss if you should take a pay cut in order to hang on to a more profitable opportunity. How should you act in cases like that? Should you do it in every opportunity?

Jan 26, 2017

Journaling is one of the most talked topics in the personal development field in these last few years. More and more, people are starting to realize how important it is to keep a track of your feelings, thoughts, etc.

Here are just a few benefits of maintaining a daily journal routine:
- Regular Writing has Mental Health Benefits
- Keeping a Journal Helps Harness Your Creativity
- Even If You Don't Do Creative Work, Regular Writing Has Practical Benefits
- Which Medium You Should Choose, and Why

So, why should you keep a journal?

How I Plan My Week:

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