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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Nov 19, 2016

Recently, I started a 99 Design contest so that I could get a SP T-Shirt designed for me. Everything went smoothly, and I don't have anything to complain about that.

However, at the same time, I have received an email from a company asking if I was interested in knowing more about quotes for printing and shipping those T-Shirts, something that I've not started to worry about yet.

I thought: Wow... What a coincidence, right? Yeah... You're right. What a coincidence. Then, I realized what was really behind all of this.

And this is exactly what I wanted to address in this video. How you need to think outside the box if you really want to get a job and how it can positively impact your career.

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

FREE COURSE - 7 Reasons You're Underpaid as a Software Developer

Nov 18, 2016

Coding can be hard and take a lot of time. Building a product, software or app from scratch is definitely a very hard task and it takes a LOT of time. You need to get through all the process of writing the code, imagining the structure, debugging, etc.

Of course, this isn't a problem if you were hired to do this. However, this can turn out to be a real pain in the ass if you're an entrepreneur or manager of any kind.

In these positions, you need to understand that it is not your job to do coding anymore but to manage and make money. So, what should you do in these cases?

What tools should you use to minimize coding efforts in order to focus on what really matters?

Products Page:
FREE Blogging Course:

Thrive Themes:
Drip Email Marketing:
Zapier App Integration:

Nov 17, 2016
Today I've partnered up with the amazin Brad Hussey to talk about becoming a successful freelance developer. Brad has a history of freelancing success, especially when it comes to web development and programming.
During his career, he has created a lot of different courses, starting with Udemy, created a successful YouTube channel and he is now launching an amazing product, where he will teach developers to become successful freelancers.
Wanna know more about the amazing talk I had with Brad? Watch this video and find out!
Brad Hussey YouTube Channel:
Brad Hussey Website:
Nov 16, 2016

Working for a company means not only knowing and understanding the technical side. More and more, companies are searching for employees that know their stuff, not only technically but also socially. And this is what I call soft skills.

Soft skills is a synonym for "people skills." The term describes those personal attributes that indicate a high level of emotional intelligence. Unlike hard skills, which describe a person's technical skill set and ability to perform specific tasks, soft skills are broadly applicable across job titles and industries. It's often said that hard skills will get you an interview but you need soft skills to get -- and keep -- the job.

In this email, I receive a question from an employer saying that his employee lacked soft skills. He was an awful person to work with and this was making the process of working with him undoable.

What should he do in this case? Watch this video and find out!

Soft Skills Book:

Nov 15, 2016

Java is definitely one of the most popular languages of all time. Practically, everyone knows Java, even people that are not programmers or developers.

According to Statistic Times, when it comes to programming languages popularity, "Java is the most widely popular programming language in both Index (PYPL and TIOBE). Java has a 23.6 percent and 18.24 percent developer share in PYPL and TIOBE Index, respectively. Java is taking lead by 10.3 percent and 7.28 percent in PYPL and TIOBE Index, respectively in the global ranking. In India, Java is ahead by 6.5%. But in the US, Java is ahead by only 2.4%. The share of Java has decreased compare to the year before in both indexes. In India, the share of Java is declined by more than 10%."

Said that, it is understandable that people would like to know Java and I believe it is one of the most accessible languages to start learning if you don't know where to start.

In this video I will show you the Top 10 Java Books every developer should read if you want to start learning Java right away. These books could definitely help you in your journey of learning Java and will boost your confidence when coding, providing real world examples and problems.

Wanna know what are my top 10 Java books? Watch this video and find out!

Head First Java:
Head First Design Patterns:
Thinking In Java:
Effective Java:
Elements of Programming Interviews in Java: The Insiders' Guide:
Java 8:
Java - The Complete Reference:
The Elements Of Java Style:
Design Patterns:
Java: How To Program:
Java Concurrency in Practice:

Book Reviews Playlist:
Top 10 Programming Books Every Software Developer Should Read:


Nov 14, 2016

Have you ever been in that position? You want to quit your job and suddenly you receive an unexpected offer that makes you doubt yourself.

In today's video, I have received a question from a reader saying that he wanted to quit his job but his boss just offered to pay for his education. He thinks it would be a good option to stay since it would be a less expensive route for him.

On the other hand, he also feels like this is going to take up a lot of his time since he does not see a future for traditional education and he does not want to go this route.

So, what should he do? Should he stick to his job or quit, even though the offer seems compelling? Watch this video and find out!

Pay Off Mortgage Or Invest The Money?:
Successful Programmer Mindset: Where Are You Being Cheap With Yourself?:
College & Degrees Playlist:

Nov 13, 2016

So, recently I was reading my YouTube comments and I have gone through some real bad stuff about myself.

If you know me, you know that I usually don't like to give haters the attention that they want so much. I think it is not worth to spend my precious time answering haters.

However, one comment really pissed me off, which was a comment saying that I'm not qualified to do what I'm doing... Wait... WHAT?

Who are you to tell me this? Who do you think you are to say that I'm not qualified to do whatever you think I'm not qualified for?

Wanna know more about what I have to say to these people? Watch this video and find out!

A Message To All Haters:
My Pluralsight Courses:
Real Estate Investing For Programmers:
Can You Really Learn Anything In 3 Months?:

Nov 12, 2016

A lot of software developers struggle with pricing your services. During all this time on the software development field, I have seen a lot of programmers undercharging for their services, which leads to a lot of frustration in their careers.

This can get much worse if we start talking about pricing services for friends and family. What should you do? Should you do it for free? Should you undercharge even more?

How should you approach this situation when you're talking about friends and family?

Watch this video and find out!

Why Not To Give Money To Friends & Family:
Software Development Or... Investment With My Mom?:

Nov 11, 2016

Writing a professional resume can be a hard task. It requires knowledge to make you look good in front of employers who might want to hire you.

So, one of the most common asked questions of developers all around the world is when they should list a new skill on their resumes. Should they wait until they become an expert so that they can list it on their resumes?

Watch this video and find out!


Nov 10, 2016

So, today I've partnered up with an amazing amazing professional. In today's #hoa I will talk with Perry Marshall, the author of "Evolution 2.0", an amazing book which I had the honor to read.

Nowadays, Perry Marshall works as an internet marketer, being an expert in FB Ads, Google Adwords, etc. However, our talk will round more around the evolutional side of our world. Yeah... You can bet that this will be an amazing talk about the evolution process of our world where we often link our learnings to the software development field.

If you don't know Perry Marshall, here is a quick text about all that he was able to accomplish:
"Perry Marshall is one of the world’s most expensive and sought-after business consultants. Clients seek his ability to integrate engineering, sales, art and psychology.

He launched two movements in modern marketing. His Google AdWords books laid the foundations for the $100 billion Pay Per Click industry, and techniques he pioneered are standard best practices. He wrote the world’s best selling book on web advertising, Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords.

More recently, he’s turned “80/20” into a verb. 80/20 is not just a fact about your business, it’s action you take on your business. 80/20 is the central lever for every great strategy. His book 80/20 Sales & Marketing is mandatory in many growing companies.

Works also include bestseller Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising (Entrepreneur Press, 2nd Edition 2014), Evolution 2.0: Breaking the Deadlock Between Darwin and Design (BenBella, 2015) and Industrial Ethernet (ISA, 3rd Edition 2016).

He is referenced in dozens of influential business books by authors like Jay Conrad Levinson, Mark Joyner, Joel Comm and Mari Smith. He’s shared the stage with Barbara Corcoran, Brian Tracy and Les Brown, having consulted in over 300 industries.

In 2015 he launched the Evolution 2.0 Prize, which seeks to solve Origin of Information, one of the great unsolved problems of biology."

So, sit down and watch this amazing interview I had with Perry Marshall. Definitely a must watch video for everyone interested in understanding more about the universe.


Evolution 2.0 Book Review:
Industrial Ethernet Book:
Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe:

Nov 9, 2016

Being on social media seems mandatory nowadays. It seems like you need to be on every social media website to be seen on the internet.

People demand that you have Facebook profiles, post videos on Snapchat, write tweets, etc. So, is it possible for you to get a job without being on social media?

Do companies really look into social media websites when they are searching for new employers? What are other strategies you can implement if you want to get a job but don't want to spend your time on social media?

Watch this video and find out!

Creating Value & Wealth:
How To Market Yourself Course:
Specialization & Niching Down Playlist:

Nov 8, 2016

Software developers need to stay up with the latest technologies available out there. There are new technologies coming up every day, new programming languages being presented to the world, old stuffing getting down, new ones coming up, etc.

Staying up with all that stuff is difficult. Where should you be searching for all these information? Books get outdated very quickly, websites are hard to keep if you don't have time to sit down and read, etc.

Podcasts are an awesome way to keep you up to date with all the information that is out there. You can download and listen to while you're driving, running, at the gym, etc.

This is why I decided to create this video with my Top 10 Developer Podcasts you should be definitely be listening to.

Wanna know what my top 10 is? Watch this video and find out!

The Ultimate List Of Developer Podcasts:
Soft Skills Book:

.NET Rocks Podcast:
Herding Code Podcast:
The Hansel Minutes Podcast:
Developer On Fire Podcast:
Talk Python To Me Podcast:
Code Newbie Podcast:
Software Engineering Radio:
JavaScript Jabbers Podcast:
Ruby Rogues Podcast:
The Changelog Podcast:

EntreProgrammers Podcast:
Simple Programmer Podcast:

Nov 7, 2016

Being laid off from a job can be very stressful. There are a lot of different factors that come into play and a lot of different variables that end up influencing this stressful period in your life.

Said that, you might think of taking some time off before getting into a new job. Wouldn't it be awesome to take some time off to think, relax, learn something new, evaluate your options, before getting into a new job?

Well... You might think that this is a good idea, but it might be not. Taking some time off to relax, after quitting a previous job might do more harm than good for you.

Wanna know more? Wanna know what should you do instead? Watch this video and find out!

Get Up And Do Something Playlist:
How Hard Are You Working To Achieve Success?:
Dealing With Burnout:
Soft Skills Book:
Keeping Motivation & Not Getting Off Track:

Nov 6, 2016

There are some developers that work as contractors. Some of them are also freelancers and most of them use sites like UpWork, to get their jobs.

On these websites, clients hire the most skilled applicants to get the job and, after that, they don't see anything anymore. It is time for the hired freelancer to do the job.

However, what some developers do, is that they hire a third person, especially a cheaper one, to do the coding for them. Wait, what? Yes, this is exactly what you have heard.

They are hired to do the job but they're not the ones who do it. It is often a third person hired by them.

Is this an ethic option? Can you hire someone to do the coding for you?


Nov 5, 2016

Some people really try to build an awesome future for themselves and this is something I really admire about those people.

In today's video, I have received a question from a 14-year-old boy who is simply amazing and he is very worried about building a future for himself. He wants to work hard, he wants to be successful but he is facing some serious problems and challenges on this rollercoaster that is called life.

What should he do? How can he build an amazing future for him and his family? Listen to this episode to find out!

Cumulative Effect & Making Progress On Life:
College & Degrees Playlist:
How I Plan My Week:

How To Win Friends And Influence People Book:
Extreme Ownership Book:
The Compound Effect Book:


Nov 4, 2016

Promoting your blog can be a difficult task, especially if you're just starting out. There are a lot of different things, terms, challenges, theory and new things you need to learn in order to create an effective marketing plan that will skyrocket your blog.

So, how do you promote your blog on the internet? What are the most effective ways to get your blog out there?

There are so many people that try and try but doesn't seem to make their blogs the attention that they deserve that they end up giving up. So, what should you do in order to promote your blog and make sure your message will be seen by your audience?

Watch this video and find out!

FREE Blogging Course:

The Compound Effect:
Book Reviews Playlist:
How To Fail At Almost Anything In Life And Still Win Big:

Nov 3, 2016

Today I partnered up with one of the most amazing guys from YouTube when it comes to fitness and diet, and we are going to talk about how to become a fit & shredded developer.

Actually, Mario was a complete nerd. He finished a degree in computer science, which was totally unexpected for me. Who could be better to talk about this than him?

Wanna know more about becoming a fit & shredded developer? Watch this video and find out!

Mario Tomic YouTube Channel:

Nov 2, 2016

Let's talk about Online Privacy! So, I see a lot of people bragging about online privacy and totally freaking out about that topic. I've seen and read a lot of different things about that.

So, I have received this question from a fan of Simple Programmer, asking me what do I do to protect my address online, especially since I have become public like that, creating a YouTube channel and everything.

People are really concerned about people discovering their addresses and they are really trying everything out to protect their identities. Bottom line is: if someone wants to track you down and kill you, they will. No matter how much you protect yourself and try to hide your address and everything else.

So, what are the best practices for protecting your address online? Watch this video and find out!


EntreProgrammers Podcast:
FREE Blogging Course:
Traveling Mailbox: Mailing Service For Busy People:

Nov 1, 2016

Recently, I was with my wife in the living room and she was zapping through the TV and stopped watching Breaking Bad. You know I don't watch TV and I've talked about it several times before.

However, I need to confess that this show got my attention. I was drawn to the TV and I started watching Breaking Bad. Here is the show synopsis:
"A struggling high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), is diagnosed with inoperable, advanced lung cancer. On a ride along with his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Walter sees a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), fleeing the scene of a meth lab. He later contacts Jesse and devises a scheme to become partners in an attempt to combine their skills to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, with Walter cooking the product and Jesse using his street connections to distribute it. Walter says he wants to provide financial stability for his pregnant wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn) and disabled son, and to pay for his expensive cancer treatment. During Walter and Jesse's first days of selling Albuquerque's finest meth, they encounter a series of problems with local drug dealers. He continues to produce meth despite these setbacks using the alias 'Heisenberg'."

However, the biggest thing that I got from the show was the life lesson that I could extract from it. Walter woke up for life. Did you wake up already?

BUY Breaking Bad Season 1 on Amazon:

"Someday I Will Do...": What Are You Waiting For?:
5 Soft Skills Every Software Developer Should Know - Xamarin Evolve Talk 2016:
Boundaries Book:

Oct 31, 2016

A lot of programmers ask me this question: Should I get MCSD certifications?

Well, to answer this question, first, we need to address what are MCSD and talk about if certifications are a good way to build a viable (and smart) career choice.

For those who don't know, "The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer is Microsoft's prevailing certification for programmers and application developers. The MCSD covers current Visual Studio versions (for the MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management cert) and also emphasizes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, C#, ASP.NET, Azure, Web Services and SharePoint.

Within each credential you'll find various specialties that focus on specific job roles or target specific application types. There are a lot of options to choose from in this program, which currently includes five different MCSD credentials, including Windows Store Apps, Web Applications, SharePoint Applications, Azure Solutions Architect and Application Lifecycle Management.

Depending on the MCSD certification sought, candidates can expect to take three or four exams to obtain the credential. There are no required training courses, though all MCSD exams are associated with one or more Microsoft Official Curriculum course offerings. Look for online learning deals for the best bang for your buck.

Because of the MCSD: Windows Store App credential requires proficiency in a programming language (either HTML5 or C#), candidates who pass one of the associated programming exams earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Visual Studio. The current programming exams are Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (exam number 480) and Programming in C# (exam number 483)."

So, these are one of the most common types of certifications and people can be really obsessed with it.

However, are these the only option to boost your career? What should you really consider when it comes to getting certifications? Should you even consider getting certifications if you're looking for a job?

Watch this video and find out!

Should I Focus On Getting Certifications?:

Oct 30, 2016

In this episode I received a very good comment and I wanted to share this with you all.

In this podcast episode I will talk more about how a person changed its life by applying what I teach here in Simple Programmer by taking action. Besides that I also wanted to talk more about how people literally don't take action but they just hear the good ideas that are provided to them.

Wanna know more about that? Watch this video and find out!

FREE COURSE - 7 Reasons You're Underpaid as a Software Developer

Oct 29, 2016

There comes a time when someone you know will definitely ask you for references.

"Oh John, could you please refer me on LinkedIn? I would love to get a recommendation from you."

Sure... But only if you do a good job. if you don't do a good job I wouldn't even consider doing it. And you should do the same.

Some people like to give references and give people a mixed review. I consider it pointless since it will only harm the reference for the people and talk bad things about them won't do any good for any sides of this relationship.

Wanna know more about if you should give people references and what is the best way to do it? Watch this video and find out!

FREE COURSE - 7 Reasons You're Underpaid as a Software Developer

Don't Do Things That Can ONLY HARM You:

Oct 28, 2016

This can be a really bad situation. Imagine this: You left your previous company but it does own you some stock options. You try to get it right, you call them constantly but they do not respond you. You start to believe that they won't answer you and your stock options will be gone forever.

So, what do you do? What are your choices in a situation like this?

There are a lot of different things you can do if you want to get your stock options back.

One of the strategies you can use to make them get in touch with you is being annoying. Literally. Start calling them, start emailing them, don't lose touch with them. At some time they will become so irritated that they'll give up.

Another way is hiring a lawyer to write a letter for you. Receiving a letter from a lawyer might be intimidating and you might end up wanting to do it.

So, how fo you make your previous company answer you? Listen to this podcast and find out!

FREE COURSE - 7 Reasons You're Underpaid as a Software Developer

Clients That Don't Pay Invoices & How To Deal With Them:
The Power Of Persistence:

Oct 27, 2016

I bet some of you know Brandon Carter. Brandon is the owner of an amazing YouTube Channel with over 600,000 subscribers about motivation, fitness, and personal development. And I couldn't be happier to have him on Simple Programmer, sharing with you guys some of the best advice on becoming successful and overcoming challenges.

So, in this amazing talk I had with Brandon, he shared with me amazing things to definitely skyrocket your personal life and the ability to achieve your goals. So many software developers have some serious problems on getting stuff done. I see so many lazy developers out there that it really bothers me on how much they could have achieved but they can't.

Besides that, we've shared our best books on personal development and all the books we are reading right now. Reading definitely has the power of changing your life and you should definitely be aware of that if you want to change your life or better.

So, wanna know how this incredible talk turned out? Watch this video and find out!

Brandon Carter YouTube Channel:
On Donald Trump And Leaked Tapes:

Oct 26, 2016

How many times have you had to grit your teeth, take a deep breath and silently repeat to yourself, "The customer is always right"? This is a motto that's drilled into every young retail or hospitality worker, and has somehow made its way into the psyches of established business owners.

The problem is, the customer isn't always right, and always thinking otherwise can result in serious disservice to you, as a software developer.

There are a lot of different opinions on the internet about why the clients is always right. He is paying you after all. So, what happens when you and your client's opinion get into conflict? Is he always right? Do you need to hear him?

In today's video I received an email asking me if he should trust his clients, which was suggesting some really bad changes to the web development project he was designing.

What should he do in a situation like this? Should he believe his client and do what he was told to do or should he position himself, tell that the client is wrong and stick with his idea?

Listen to this episode and find out!

FREE COURSE - 7 Reasons You're Underpaid as a Software Developer

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