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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 http://simpleprogrammer.com, one of the most popular software development blogs, and the author of the best-selling book, "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual." (http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills) 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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Aug 4, 2017

Building An Audience With No Budget

If you have an audience, you have power. This is the truth in the 21st century and how things are working in the digital age.

Just take a quick look at the influencers around you. People, from YouTubers to marketers, have their audience pretty much established and this is their mine gold. So, in order to succeed, as a programmer or any other type of thing, you need to have an online presence.

However, building an audience takes time and, some people would say... Money. But... Is this right?

Is it possible to build an audience with NO BUDGET?

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Aug 3, 2017

How Pluralsight Changed My Career Pt. 4: Got Rich & 30 Courses In A Year!

This is the final part of my Pluralsight Career Story, the one that literally changed my life.

In the last video, we talked about how it was when I quit my job. After that, it was when things started to happen. I approached the Pluralsight team and told them I was going to create 30 courses in a year. Did they believe me? HELL NO!

This is when things started to happen... Money started to come in and things really changed in my life.

Wanna know the final part of my Pluralsight story? Watch this video and find out!

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Aug 2, 2017

Kotlin: The Future Of Android Development?

Have you ever heard of Kotlin? Kotling has been picked as the official programming language for Android development.

"We believe this is a great step for Kotlin, and fantastic news for Android developers as well as the rest of our community. We’re thrilled with the opportunities this opens up.

For Android developers, Kotlin support is a chance to use a modern and powerful language, helping solve common headaches such as runtime exceptions and source code verbosity. Kotlin is easy to get started with and can be gradually introduced into existing projects, which means that your existing skills and technology investments are preserved.

Starting now, Android Studio 3.0 ships with Kotlin out of the box, meaning Android developers no longer need to install any extras or worry about compatibility. It also means that moving forward, you can rest assured that both JetBrains and Google will be supporting Android development in Kotlin.

In case you are concerned about other platforms that Kotlin supports (Kotlin/JVM for server and desktop, Kotlin/JS and Kotlin/Native), please be sure that they are as important for us as ever. Our vision here is to make Kotlin a uniform tool for end-to-end development of various applications bridging multiple platforms with the same language. This includes full-stack web applications, Android and iOS clients, embedded/IoT and much more.

Programming languages are just like human ones: the more people speak a language, the better. First-class support on Android will likely bring more users to Kotlin, and we expect the community to grow significantly. This means more libraries and tools developed in/for Kotlin, more experience shared, more Kotlin job offerings, more learning materials published, and so on. We are excited to see the Kotlin ecosystem flourish!

We will be partnering with Google to create a non-profit foundation for Kotlin. Language development will continue to be sponsored by JetBrains, and the Kotlin team (over 40 people and second largest team at the company) will operate as usual. Andrey Breslav remains the Lead Language Designer, and Kotlin will be developed under the same principles as before. We’ll keep our design processes open because your feedback is critical for us in moving Kotlin in the right direction.

If you’re at Google I/O, make sure you stop by one of the Kotlin talks on the schedule. And of course, don’t forget to register for KotlinConf in San Francisco in November. It will be an amazing event!"
(Source: https://blog.jetbrains.com/kotlin/2017/05/kotlin-on-android-now-official/)

So... Is this the future of Android development? Watch this video and find out!

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Aug 1, 2017

How To Become A Software Development Coach?

Becoming a software development coach can be hard, most of all because there is no such thing being said out there.

How do you become a software development coach? Is it even a solid and smart thing to do? Does it even exist?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 31, 2017

Why Do I Suck At Debugging?

Have you ever felt like you sucked at something? This is exactly the topic of today's video.

As I often say, technical skills are not the most important thing when it comes to building a successful career. There is the old feeling of not being good enough and feeling like you sucked at something that will guide you through your career if you don't know how to handle it.

Do you feel like you suck at programming?

In this video, I'll tackle the problem of a reader that feels like she sucks at debugging. Should she change her area of specialization? Should she pursue something else? How can she overcome it?

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Jul 30, 2017

Saving The Best For... Last?

I know you. You don't need to lie. I know you've probably done this before and that's ok.

Let me ask you something... How many times have you saved your best things (food, clothes, opportunities, money, etc.) for last? How many times were you waiting for the "Perfect" time to use all of this?

In this video I'll talk more about saving the best for last and why it should be as good as you think.

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Jul 29, 2017

Freedom: The Ability To Do What You Will

Lately, I've been doing a lot of videos about freedom. It's been a while since I've started to study about freedom and what it means to be really really free.

Usually, I like to change and improve the concepts I create over time and with freedom it has not been that different.

In the last few days, I came up with a very interesting concept about freedom. Wanna know what it is?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 28, 2017

Medium Vs. WordPress: The Best Choice?

Lately, I've been receiving a lot of questions regarding Medium and WordPress... Both are publishing and hosting companies that offer a similar solution for those who want to start blogging.

Medium offers its own platform and WordPress lets you create yours. Both have cons and pros.

Which one should you choose? Does it really matter? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 27, 2017
Programming Job Interview: Do It For You! (F*ck The Employer?)

I'm currently in the process of releasing a new book and in this process I'm doing a lot of interview with some amazing names of the programmin industry. During this time, I recorder an interview and in this interview i heard something that got me thinking.

"Do It For You".

While this concept is not new for me, I started to think and to apply it for programming interviews. Do you do it?

When you're in the middle of a programming job interview, do you have a scarcity mindset of "I really need that job" or do you do it for you?

Wanna know more? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 26, 2017

No Degree: Apply For Job Or Internship?

When you don't have a degree your options are definitely limited. You have a few paths you can follow but all of them will lead to a more limited option than if you had a degree... At least in theory and that is what most people think.

There are basically two options if you're in the middle of a graduation process: - Get a Job
- Apply For an Internship

These two options will give you completely different outcomes, and you should be able to choose them well. What should you choose? Job or Internship?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 25, 2017

Dropping Out Of High School: Smart Choice?

I've talked a lot about dropping out of college and you probably already know my take on this, right?

However, this time things got a little more complicated. What about dropping out of high school?

In this video, I received a question from a little boy saying that he has felt in love with programming and now he wants to quit high school to pursue his dream of programming.

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Jul 24, 2017

How To Compete With Cheap Programmers?

It is no doubt that the job landscaping is going through profound changes. The internet has linked all continents and people can now communicate all around the world. However, this didn't come just in forms of communication, but it has also changed the way people hire and work.

It is no news that now, despite being locally limited, you can now compete with programmers from all around the world. It can be good because you're not limited to a geo area anymore but it also has some downsides.

One of the biggest downsides is competing with cheap programmers.

How do you compete with them? If price is one of the major factors that come into play for hiring someone, how do you get to bypass it? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 23, 2017

We Wanna Show People We Are In Pain

Have you ever went to the gym and saw how some people wanted to make a look and show how much in pain they were? This is a very common thing and its roots can be found in human psychology.

This time, I'll invite you to think with me. Are you relying on pain? During your day to day tasks, do you act in a way that will make people have mercy of you?

We usually do this and we really want people to feel sorry for us. We need to show people we are in pain. Why we do that? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 22, 2017

Google Ads To Finance A Blog?

Building a new blog raises a lot of question for everyone who is willing to start a new blog and go through that road.

"How do I make money with my blog?" is one of the questions I receive the most. I've talked about the 10 ways to make money with your blog but I often receive questions about Google Ads.

Is this a good option for people willing to build a new blog? Are there better options than Google Ads? Watch this video and find out!

If you have a question, email me at john@simpleprogrammer.com

If you liked this video, share, like and, of course, subscribe!

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Jul 21, 2017

Do You Feel Like A Fraud?

The Programmer Impostor Syndrome is one of the most popular syndromes programmmers face each day. I receive a lot of emails from people telling me that they got a job but they feel like they can't deliver.

What is the root of this fear?

During my career, I've applied for several jobs which were beyond my current knowledge at the moment and it made me really trained for that. As I like to say, feeling like a fraud can actually be good.

How do you don't feel like a fraud? How to overcome it? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 20, 2017

Success Story: Mitch Tabian On Building Online Programming Presence

Mitch is one more of those awesome success stories I like to share with you guys to show that, once you start to put everything I teach you in this channel, the chances of success are close to 100%.

Here is part of how his life changed one he started applying what I teach in this YouTube channel: " I think you will probably remember me as I've emailed you several times in the past and commented on quite a few videos - but who knows, you have such a large reach know I think it would be easy to get lost in the crowd.

I have been watching your videos since December 2015 (back when you still had the squeaky voice in some of your videos and occasionally wore a fidora). At that point I was in my last semester of school, finishing up my BSc. Physics and Diploma in Enginnering Physics. I had NO idea what I really wanted to do when I graduated in approximately 4 months.

This was scary AF.

Very quickly I saw that my true passion was writing code. I had taken only 2 java classes, a Python class, a C++ class and an Assembly programming class. But upon reflection I realized that was what I really liked doing.

I had ZERO idea how to become a software developer with my current education. After asking around I came to the conclusion that is was possible - so I started watching YouTube videos.

I had to come up with a way to really learn to code, and learn quickly because I only had 4 months until I needed to get a job - and unemployment was not an option for me. I can't sit idle, I need to do things.

This is where you came in. I watched your videos and listened to your advice. I bought your blogging course and made my own blog. I then decided I was going to share with others as I learned and made a YouTube channel. On the channel I made (and still make) video tutorials for Android App Development. This accelerated my learning pace by x100. Teaching others is the single best way to learn something yourself. It forces you to develop a much deeper understanding. When your presenting something you can clearly see all the holes in your knowledge.

I started out only doing 1 or 2 posts a week but I was coding and learning a ton after school and on weekends. My first videos were shit and when I look back at them I cringe a little - so I completely understand how you felt when watching your old videos when you had that squeaky voice lol.

Fast-forward to graduation in April 2016: I managed to get an IT job at one of the largest companies in the province where I live. It wasn't a programmer job, but they employed programmers so I was very excited. I really believe the only reason they even brought me in for an interview is because of the technical skills I learned when teaching myself so code. I'm pretty good with people so that sealed the deal in the interview, but I doubt they would have called me without the programming/database skills I put on my resume.

Fast-forward to today: I quit my job about 4 months ago to do my own thing. I had done a few contract jobs building apps for people/companies while I was working my IT job and decided that I was going to give the YouTube and Freelance Android Dev thing a try - and really commit to it. Now everything is going really well for me"

Wanna know more about Mitch's story? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 19, 2017

Where To Fit The "25th Hour" Of The Day?

Nowadays, one of the biggest struggles of people is finding time. When we need to do more and more stuff, time becomes a scarce and valuable asset.

24 hours start to become insufficient. Where do we fit the 25th hour of the day?

In this video, I'll share with you my latest and most powerful productivity techniques so that you feel like a productivity beast and so that you're able to fit the 25th hour of the day in your day.

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Jul 18, 2017

Do The F** Work!

So, a lot of people complain about not being able to achieve their goals.

"John, I want x...", "John, my dream is being able to do y"... What most people don't realize is that "want" without "action" is absolutely nothing! So, if you want something in your life, you must commit to action.

You must do the F** work!

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Jul 17, 2017

Should I Stick To An Old Programming Language?

Programming languages change everyday. If you follow the latest trends in the programming industry, you'll see a lot of programming languages appearing and disappearing everyday.

One of the biggest fear of software developers is staying irrelevant when it comes to work.

"Will my programming language be relevant in 5 years from now?"... "Will I become useless if my programming language becomes obsolete?"

These are answers that haunt people everyday... Should you stick to an old programming language? What should you do to avoid becoming obsolete?

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Jul 16, 2017

"Give Me Nothing But The Ability To Earn It"

I've tweeted something that most people did not get about something I consider very important and that all human beings should be able to do:

"Give me Nothing But The Ability To Earn It"

In our lives, we should not expect things to come easily, but to be able to conquer them. Wanna know moreabout my tweet that got people thinking? Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 15, 2017

Be Busy: Controlling Anger & Self-Doubt

One of the most difficult things that us, as human being, must learn, is how to deal with emotions. I receive emails every day from people complaining about problems with anger, self doubt, etc.

How do you deal with all this stuff? Is there a simple solution for that?

One thing I've learned that really helps me with that is staying busy. Lately, I have so much to do that I don't have time to think about all this stuff. In this video I'll explain how staying busy can help you control your anger and self-doubt.

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Jul 14, 2017

How To Be A Well-Paid Programmer In 1 Year?

Climbing the corporate ladder is not always difficult. I know programmers that have spent almost 10 years building his careers in order to gain knowledge and become an well-paind programmer.

However, what if we took it to the next level? What if we decided to become a well-paind programmer in just 1 year?

Is it possible that, withing this time frame, become a well-paid programmer? Is there a strategy you can implement?

Watch this video and find out!

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Jul 13, 2017

Interview With Denis Noble On How To Change Your Limiting Beliefs

"Denis Noble (born 16 November 1936) is a British biologist who held the Burdon Sanderson Chair of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford from 1984 to 2004 and was appointed Professor Emeritus and co-Director of Computational Physiology. He is one of the pioneers of Systems Biology and developed the first viable mathematical model of the working heart in 1960"
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denis_Noble)

Today I've partnered up with Denis Noble to discuss about the theory of beliefs and how there is much more to that than what we already know. Biology is not what we think we know and, more and more, the scientific community is starting to see more evidence about it.

In this video, Denis will show how you can change your beliefs with the power of biology and how it can directly impact your life as a software developer.

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Jul 12, 2017

Should You Follow Your Heart Or Your Head?

A lot of people, at some point in life, get stuck in the dicotomy of brain vs. heart. These opposite forces tend to leave people out in nuts. How are you supposed to choose between heart or brain?

Heart is what makes you feel... It is the "thing" that brings out the emotions in your. It is what you "want", in its core. The brain, on the other hand, is responsible for the analytical thinking. It surpasses the reptilian brain in order to make "smarter choices".

How do you choose between the two? Whenever facing a new challenge, should you follow your heart or your head?

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Jul 11, 2017

Don't Let People Live Your Life For You!

From time to time, I receive comments on my videos that are very intelligent and instigates me to answer them.

Recently, I've received a comment from a reader on the video "You ARE In Control Of Your Life". In this video, a fan told me "John, you're wrong. There is no you can do whatever you want. There are definitely consequences to that". Yeah, he is right!

There will always be consequences to your actions but you shouldn't let people stop you from doing what you want with your life. Wanna know why you need to start living for yourself and now let people live your life for you? Watch this video and find out!

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