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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Oct 20, 2017

► How To Get Started In Programming? ◄

I know I get this question a lot. Day after day new aspiring programmers enter the workforce. People from all around the world and, mostly, that comes from different fields, aim to become or learn programming.

"John, how do I get started in software development?", "John, how do I start coding?", "John, how can I start my career as a programmer?"

Before I say anything else, I need to say this: There is no right way. Instead, there are A LOT of different ways in which you need to pick up the ones that suit you the best.

In this video, I'll lay out some of the paths to get started in programming and present you the best options for each case. Every case is a case and the path you should take is up to you to build.

The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Specialization And Niching Down Playlist:
Web Development Principles: Front End Vs. Back End:

Oct 19, 2017

► Hard Work Does NOT Guarantee Success... ◄

Okay, okay... So, don't get me wrong here.

If you've been following me for the past year, you already know the importance I give to hard work and how I believe it is something that helps to build character and how it works to make you achieve your dreams.


Hard work does not guarantee success at all? Do you think I'm contradicting myself?

Watch this video and let me explain how I believe that hard work does not guarantee success by itself. There is a very important key missing from that whole equation.

John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
How Everyday Thinks They'll Become Rich Someday:

Oct 18, 2017

► How To Learn EFFICIENTLY In Software Development◄

If you follow me for quite a while you've probably heard me talking already about learning and how I believe that learning is a big part in anyone's road to success or failure.

In software development, it is not different. There are a lot of new technologies, new frameworks, new programming languages that come out every day and we need to make sure we can cope with that pace.

But, how do you do that?

Wasting hours reading books from cover to cover won't take you anywhere you need to go. Instead, you need to develop a proper plan that will make you learn efficiently in software development.

How to learn efficiently in software development? How do we do that?

10 Steps To Learn Anything Quickly:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Book Reviews Playlist:

Oct 17, 2017

► Are You "Planning" Too Much? (ZERO Action!) ◄

People Plan. We've all been there, right?

When it comes to starting a new project, we tend to plan. And we plan. And we plan. We plan a lot. We do A LOT of planning. And this is where things go wrong.

If you're like you're failing with your projects... Maybe are you planning too much?

In this video I'm going to talk about too much planning and zero action.

Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:

Oct 16, 2017

► My Boss Said I Was 1 Minute Late! ◄

What do you do if you find yourself in a situation where your boss complains about you being 1 MINUTE late?

This is exactly what happened.

I've received a question from a reader where he asks me for help, basically saying that he was at in a shitty job.

What do you in a situation like that? How do you escape from a shitty and cursing job like that?

Watch this video and find out!

Stop Apologizing For Everything:
Should I Explain Myself If I Get Late To A Meeting?:
48 Laws Of Power:

Oct 15, 2017

► Dishonesty: Does It Pay The Price? ◄

Today we are going to talk about dishonesty.

Dishonesty could be defined as:

"Definition of dishonesty

1. lack of honesty or integrity: disposition to defraud or deceive
2. a dishonest act :fraud"

As you might have imagined, you, just like myself, have encountered a lot of dishonest people during our entire lives.

They prank us. They made us believe in something and, then, they rip off our trust.

However, despite the anger and wanting to literally kill these people and make them pay... Does dishonesty really pay off?

What can we expect from a dishonest person? Watch this video and find out!

Do Ends Justify The Means?:

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Oct 14, 2017

► Eli QUITS YouTube...! What About Me? ◄

Recently it came to my concern that Eli has just quit YouTube. People emailed me A LOT about this event because it was quite a big mark in the software development YouTube world.

Eli is definitely one of the biggest channels in the software development world and it is quite shocking to see that he has quit YouTube.

In this video, I'll address his quitting YouTube and tell you a little bit more about me...

Am I about to quit YouTube?

Watch this video and find out!

Interview With Eli The Computer Guy:
How To Market Yourself As A Software Developer:

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Oct 13, 2017

► Tabs Vs. Spaces: Using Spaces Will Make You... Richer?◄

Developers who use tabs to indent their code, developers who fight for truth and justice and all that is good in the world, those developers have a median salary of $43,750.

But developers who use spaces to indent their code, developers who side with evil and probably spend all day kicking kittens and punching puppies? Their median salary is $59,140.

This is just a quick excerpt from the article that states that programmers who use spaces instead of tabs earn more.

What can we really learn about this... Curious situation?

Does it REALLY matter after all?

Do we really need to worry about this stuff?

In this video, I'll tell what really matters in all this story and this what should matter to you after all.

Learn Linux: Good Idea Or Not? (2018 & Beyond):

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Oct 12, 2017

► I Always Get What I Want... How? ◄

Some of you really admire the fact that I always seem to get what I want in life, whether it happens to be projects, the launch of a book or some goal I've mentioned before.

While this seems like a natural thing for me, it kind of feels natural but a lot of people don't seem to get it.

"John, how do you manage to get everything you want? What the hell happens to you?"

How do I manage to get everything I want?

A Shoutout To Noah Kagan:
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself Book Review:
My Pluralsight Career Story:
How I Became A Fucking Bulldog And Changed My Life:

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Oct 11, 2017

► Data Science: Viable Career? (2018 & Beyond) ◄

Data Science is definitely a field that is rising in popularity and some software developers are starting to pay attention to it.

Essentially, data science is about using the massive amount of data organizations are collecting to gain new insights, identify trends and find ways to streamline business practices. When you consider that in 2020 the world will generate 50x more data than it did in 2011, it’s no surprise that an entire discipline has grown up to help people make sense of it.

Said that, does it look like a good option to be a data scientist from 2018 and beyond?

What can you expect from this career over the next few years? What practices can you implement to take the best out of it?

Watch this video and find out!

FREE Blogging Course:
Specializing And Niching Down Playlist:

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Oct 10, 2017

► Tyler's Success Story And What You Can Learn From It! ◄

I often get a lot of emails from people saying some good and some bad stuff too.

The last one that really impacted me was a video telling me how Soft Skills sucked and, as you know me, I HAD to do a video about it.

However, I receive some inspirational stories from people that are serious about programming and the stuff I teach here in Simple Programmer and this is what I'm going to talk about today.

In today's video I'm going to share the success story of Tyler and show you how you can benefit from his story to give you the fuel you need to keep moving forward.

Your "Soft Skills" Book SUCK!:
Don't Take Feedback... At All!:
Wanna Do Something? Give It Your All...:
How I Became a Fucking Bulldog And Changed My Life!:

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Oct 9, 2017

► Should You Help Your Employer When Things Go Wrong? ◄

Things can go wrong no matter where you are: whether you're in the corporative world or just working for yourself.

They say that when things get fucked up it's when things start to get excited, but I tend to disagree.

The big thing that happens when things go wrong is that clients might end up cutting their paychecks to the company, which can definitely influence your overall payroll.

So, what do you do when things go wrong? Should you help your employer when things get out of control? Or is it none of your business?

Watch this video and find out!

Simple Programmer Community:
Taking Programming Assignments... Home?:
When You Do Thing On Guilt:

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Oct 8, 2017

► On Planning And Taking Action... ◄

Planning takes time, we all know that. And this is the first step towards your goals and dreams. I like to say that there is no execution without, at least, some level of planning.

However, what happens when you're stuck in the planning mode forever and you NEVER take action? Do you feel trapped like this? Is there any way to avoid it?

Watch this video and find out!

The 70/30 Rule:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:

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Oct 7, 2017

► How I Practiced My Italian... In Italy? ◄

As you probably know, a few months ago I decided it was time for me to start learning Italian due to my trip to Europe, especially, Italy.

I recorded some videos showing my progress on the Italian I was learning and, as I was expecting, it was time for me to actually practice my italian here in Italy.

How have I performed? Watch this video and find out!

Learning Italian For Complete Beginners (Like Me...!):

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Oct 6, 2017

► You Can't Be Your Best All The Time... ◄

There comes a time when we always want to take ourselves to the next level. We want to keep improving more and more each day.

However, there is one thing you need to admit and that thing is that you can't beat yourself all the time and that you can't be your best all the time.

We need to start to acknowledge failure, plateaus and other types of variations, that leads to us not performing always the best as we wanted.

In this video, I'm going to talk about why you can't be your best all the time and why you should start recognizing this if you want to get ahead in life and stay in peace with yourself.

Working Hard Playlist:
Stop Making Excuses And Take Fucking Action:

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Oct 5, 2017

► Coding Bootcamps: Does It Really Teach Programming? ◄

There seems to be a lot of talking about coding boot camps lately and this whole discussion seems to be dividing people into two groups: The ones that are for coding bootcamps and the ones that are against coding bootcamps.

One of the main reasons that led people to believe that coding bootcamps are not worth is due to the fact that, in their minds, it is impossible to learn programming in the three-month period that most coding bootcamps give.

So... What now? Do Coding Bootcamps really teach programming? Watch this video and find out!

Can You Really Learn Anything In 3 Months?:
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide:
Wanna Do Something? Give It Your All!:

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Oct 4, 2017

► Why Don't Developers Make Millions Like Startup Tech-Stars? ◄

In this video, someone emailed me with some serious questions about some economic concepts that it was too difficult to understand.

Why don't Developers make millions just like some Startups Tech-Stars? Why do developers who sit all day writing code do not have the same recognition as some stars, especially in the tech field?

In this video, I'll share some opinions about this subject and how you can take that to your advantage and turn your life around.

Career Story Playlist:
John Sonmez Pluralsight Courses:
Why You Shouldn't Play The Victim:
What My Life Was Like 7 Years Ago:

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Oct 3, 2017

► Would You Recommend Learning C++, C# And Java? ◄

C++, C# and Java.

While they might seem like three different programming language, in its core, it guards some principles that blend and differ them.

As you might know, learning can be tricky, especially if you're just starting out. Choices. Smart choices. This is what you should be doing if you really want to advance in your career.

At this point, let's assume you have 3 options: Java, C++ and C#.

What should you learn? Is there a smart way to learn these programming languages? Watch this video and find out!
Simple Programmer Community:
How To Learn C++?:

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Oct 2, 2017

► What Happens When You Take Action... ◄

I'm always amazed by the endless success stories I receive by people who take action using everything I teach here in Simple Programmer.

This time, I have received an awesome email, with a breathtaking success story and I wanted to share with you. If you're feeling down, if you're feeling like you won't go anywhere and that your effort won't pay off, just watch this video... This is what happens after consistency and action put into practice.

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Oct 1, 2017

► Balancing The Risk Of Real Estate Investment ◄

When we think about investment, we talk about making money and that's the only way to go. However, what most people are not aware of, is that investments are full of risks. This is a simple truth and you can't avoid it.

This definitely makes people scared, whenever they start to get serious about investing. There are a lot of pros and cons for every type of investments but today we are going to talk about Real Estate.

What are the risks of real estate? How to balance the risk of real estate investing? Watch this video and find out!

Real Estate Playlist:
Is 401(k) A Good Option?:
Atifragile Book:

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Sep 30, 2017

► How To Deal With A Non-Supportive Spouse? ◄

Relationships can make or break you, we all know that right? Some couples manage to work their things together and manage to find their way all over to the top. Others, however, start to fight, resentment appears and the only way possible is down.

While it is hard, this is the truth that most people face.

How to deal with a non-supportive spouse? Should you both break-up? How to set limits?

Watch this video and find out!

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Sep 29, 2017

► What Separates "Million Dollar Ideas" From "Ideas" ◄

This is kind of a follow-up on the video I did about Josh Earl and that most people seemed to misunderstand about all this stuff.

Most people, in the Josh Earl video, kind of took it to the wrong side.

The real purpose of this video is to talk about the simple thing that separates million dollar ideas from simple ideas. While every idea can definitely be a million dollar idea, if it doesn't have this simple element, it will definitely fail... And this, was exactly what Josh Earl did.

Josh Earl: The Guy Who "Brought Me 50k":

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Sep 28, 2017

► Your "Soft Skills" Book SUCKS! ◄

Recently I got an AWESOME email which I liked it SO MUCH I decided to record an entire video about this subject.

This guy, simply emailed me, saying that my soft skills book sucked because it was "too much" of the same thing. Repetition about career, motivation, more of this wooh wooh stuff you all tend to hate.

This is why, I decided to record this video response, sharing my point of view about this email... :)

Soft Skills Audiobook:
How To Win Friends And Influence People:
The Software Developer's Career Guide:

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Sep 27, 2017

► Real Truth: You're Going To Die ◄

Bottom line: You're going to die.

There is simply no turnaround on this. It is a simple truth you have to face, no matter how much you fight against it.

However, while this might be a hard truth for anyone to face it, we need to simply acknowledge that and learn everything you can from that. What death can teach you? What can you learn from all of this?

Watch this video and find out!

Black Swan Book:
Xamarin Talk 2016:

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Sep 26, 2017

► John... What Motivates You?◄

Finding motivation is definitely one of the most difficult things for most people. Finding the drive to follow up with your goals and objectives can be tricky and losing your path and road along the way.

I consider myself a good person when it comes to finding motivation and drive inside me. And, as you've probably experienced here on this channel, I have my periods of low motivation.

So... Most people ask me: "John, what motivates you?"

In this video, I'm going to talk about my major sources of motivation, how I tend to find my drive to keep going with my project and how you can use my inspiration to find your way to.

Book Reviews Playlist:
Soft Skills Book:
How Was My Life 7 Years Ago?:
Simple Programmer YouTube Trailer Video:

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