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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May 4, 2017

Quitting your job is always a difficult thing to do. Before you decide to leave your job, there is a lot of things you should consider before taking this important step that can make or break your career.

So, picture this: you're in a job. You start to feel discouraged and you start to think about quitting. However, you decide to wait a little more. Maybe it is the wrong time...?

How do you know when is the right time to quit your job? Should you quit now? Should you wait? Watch this video and find out!

Soft Skills Book:
How To Achieve True Freedom:

May 3, 2017

Getting educations nowadays can be tough. There are a lot of different paths you can go and not all of them offer the best results in terms of getting a good education.

As you know, my daughter is homeschooled and I have plenty of experience with it.

In this video, I'll explain the different between homeschooling vs. Regular Education.

Simple Programmer Products:

May 2, 2017

A lot of you guys are interested in knowing about the future of software development. These are amongst the most popular videos in this YouTube channel and I couldn't help you to bring you more.

In this video, I decided to partner up with Erik Dietrich, which is one of the best people I know that would have the expertise to talk about this.

Erik Dietrich is the founder of DaedTech LLC. He earned his BS in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and his MS in the same from University of Illinois.

Though he has been a developer, architect, executive, and IT management consultant over the course of his career, Erik's current favorite thing to do is to create content that empowers software developers.

Along with that, he is launching an amazing new book, which is out TODAY!

Wanna know what the future holds for software developers? Watch this video and find out!

Developer Hegemony:

May 1, 2017

As you know, I'm traveling a lot on these last few days and this made me realize something: I needed a mobile and a light notebook for me to carry around.

This is when I decided to give Dell XPS13 XPS13-9343 13.3-inch Ultrabook Computer a shot...

Here are some of the product specifications:
"Model number: XPS9343
13.3 in Full HD (1920 x 1080) infinity display
Corning® Gorilla® Glass, machined aluminum and carbon fiber
Intel Core i5-5200U 2.20 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.70 GHz
4GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Windows 8.1, 64-bit
No Optical drive
Media card reader
Waves MaxxAudio
Intel HD Graphics 5500 - 1920x1080
2 USB 3.0 • Mini DisplayPort • Headphone output/Microphone input combo
52 WHr, 4-cell (15 hours)*
Integrated webcam
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Bluetooth 4.0
11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in (304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm)
2.60 lbs (1.17 kg)
TPM 2.0
Backlit keyboard
Touchscreen: NO"

Besides the computer, I've also wanted to review their support which was... SHIT! Well, just watch the video to find out!

Origin PC Laptop Review:
Dell XPS 13 Inch Laptop:

Apr 30, 2017

Training for a half-marathon can be hard and yet, so few people know to do it right. There is not a proper path to follow for those who want to start training for a half-marathon.

So... What do you do in a situation like this? How do you train for a half-marathon?

Watch this video and find out!

Day In The Life Ep. 3: San Diego Half Marathon:
Day In The Life Ep. 4: SPARTA! & Halloween Half Marathon:
Get Up & Code Podcast:

Apr 29, 2017

Gratefulness... Being grateful for everything. We hear that a lot, right? Especially nowadays with all the self-help gurus, yoga teachers on Instagram... This has become such a common thing to say and do, especially on social media.

I believe that saying all this stuff and not stopping to pay attention to the real meaning of it can be hurtful. We simply lose the real meaning and the powerful concept behind gratefulness.

So, what is gratefulness? How can we understand the concept behind it? Watch this video and find out!

EntreProgrammers Podcast:
Introducing NLP Book:

Apr 28, 2017

A lot of developers ask me about the programming language of the future... They expect me to use my expertise to predict the future and tell them about the programming language of the future, hoping that they will start to specialize in such a language.

However, this questions leaves us with some other interpretations... Is that such a thing as a programming language of the future?

I strongly believe that there will be a programming language of the future but we don't know it yet. The reason I say that is because I think all programming languages are converging into a same spectrum of functionality, making it useless to have a lot of programming things doing the same stuff.

So, do you wanna know what is programming language of the future?

Watch this video and find out!

Top Programming Languages To Learn In 2017:

Apr 27, 2017

We need to talk about... Depression.

I've talked about this topic several times before, especially in SP's blog and a lot of guest writers have talked about this too.

Depression among developers (and tech professionals) is a serious thing and it should not be repressed. We really need to talk about that.

As you know, I have some strong and different views about this that a lot of people complain and tell me how I'm wrong. This is why I decided to talk to Maryse, which is a member of our FB group and has suffered a lot from it, but has managed to turn her life around.

How? This is exactly what we're going to discuss in this video.

Apr 26, 2017

Working abroad can be a tricky thing for those who don't have English as a native language.

English is definitely the most spoken language around the world and it is the basic language that everyone should expect you to know, especially if you're looking for a job.

So... Do you really need to speak English fluently in order to work abroad?

Watch this video and find out!

Apr 25, 2017

I say that we have two ways we can follow in life which will lead us to two very different results in life: The positive things and the negative things.

Surrounding yourself with positive thoughts will definitely make your life change and you'll feel much better... However, what about the negative things?

Negative things can break you in ways you can even imagine, drowning your energy levels and making you a complete lazy towards your goals.

So... What do you do? How do you eliminate negative factors from your life?

Watch this video and find out!

I've Became Politically Obsessed... HELP!:
The Power Of Habit:
Why You Should STOP Playing The Victim:
How To Overcome Addictions & Bad Habits:
The Top 10 Books To Read In 2016:

Apr 24, 2017

Getting a new job is a tough process. There is a lot of preparation, research, energy spent on preparing yourself, time devoted to interviews, etc.

This is why you should focus all of your efforts into not screwing everything up.

One of the reasons why an employer should give up on hiring you is because of a possible vacation. What if you had a vacation already planned before getting into this new job?

What should you do? Should you inform your employer about your plans? Watch this video and find out!

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!

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