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 24, 2017

So, building social apps, especially for those programmers who are just starting out, is a funny thing, right?

For some social app to become a success, it needs to have an audience, but you can't have an audience for a product that does not exist and was not built yet, right?

New developers that do not understand this system might find it VERY difficult to build a social app that will eventually become a success.

So... How do you build a social app from zero so that it will be successful? Watch this video and find out!

Mar 23, 2017

So, for those who don't know, Evan Carmichael is one of the big names today when it comes to personal development. He has written a WONDERFUL book called "Your One Word" and has changed a lot of my perception about this subject.

So, this is why I decided to team up with him to talk about how programmers can find inspiration and motivation to keep going with their programming careers.

I often see a lot of developers struggling to find motivation and to keep going doing things that they want to do and achieving their dreams that it really breaks my heart.

This is why Evan is definitely a good name to talk about this and I thank him for sharing all his experience.

Your One Word Book Review:
Your One Word Book:

Mar 22, 2017

Whether you're a manager or employee, reviews aren't a particularly popular subject and with them comes the often-despised self-evaluation. You may ask yourself: "How can I shine the best spotlight on my performance without looking like I'm a jackass and I'm bragging myself?"

This is such an important topic to be discussed because I see a lot of developers having trouble with this.

Self-Evaluations are not easy. In one hand we do not want to come off as jackasses and give ourselves something we don't deserve but we also don't want to give ourselves bad grades.

So... How do you do self-evaluations the right way?

Watch this video and find out!

How Lying To Yourself Will Destroy Your Life And Career:
When Was The Last Time You Gave Yourself A 10?:

Mar 21, 2017

Public speaking is a skill I believe everyone should develop. It does not mean that you'll talk in front of big audiences but, from time to time, you'll need to develop presentations at work, school, college, etc.

I see a lot of developers asking me about how they can develop their public speaking skills.

Is it easy? Are there any techniques you can use to get better at public speaking?

Watch this video and find out!

5 Soft Skills Every Developer Should Know:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Overcoming Fears Playlist:
Trip To China:

Mar 20, 2017

So, I receive a lot of emails from people telling me that they want to get into the programming industry and they are completely lost about where to start.

As you know, there are a lot of different ways to get into this industry and you should follow the ones that will suit your overall lifestyle better.

However, what do you do when you're a slave to the system but you still want to get into the programming industry? Is there an easier way to get there and become a programmer?

What If You Don't Get The Results You Want?:

Mar 19, 2017

So, recently I was watching a race where I saw a lot of fat people running there...

OK OK... Before we continue, I don't want to tell anyone what to do and I don't want to make jokes out of this, because this is not the point.

My point is doing things that you don't deserve just for the sake of achieving something that will remain empty for you.

So... What do you do in a situation like that? Should we do things that we don't deserve? Watch this video and find out!

Trust The Process Playlist:
Why You Don't Want To Win The Lottery:

Mar 18, 2017

So, this is another one of that "john just screwed up again C'MON!" videos...

In this video, I'm going to talk about how we are all susceptible to our own bullshit.

As you know, I talk a lot about failures and how you should not fly off the rails, etc etc... Well, this is exactly what happened to me these last few days.

In this video I'm going to tell how this experience changed me, affected my ego and my pride and how we can adopt a healthier mindset to avoid these things.

Why I Fast Until 5 Every Day:
Creating Justifications For Your Mistakes... NO!: Are All Susceptible To Our Own Bullshit

Mar 17, 2017

So, Chris sent me a question asking basically this:

"Is a degree acquired in one country worth more than a degree acquired in another country?"

This is something I've been wondering to answer but I never felt ready to do it.

However, this is something it should be discussed because there is still doubt from people about that subject.

So... What do you think?

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:

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