Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/12/29
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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a unique guide, offering techniques and practices for a more satisfying life as a professional software developer. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez addresses a wide range of important "soft" topics, from career and productivity to personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships, all from a developer-centric viewpoint.
Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.
About the Book
For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers, staying productive, achieving financial security, keeping yourself in shape, and finding true love. This book is here to help.
Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual is a guide to a well-rounded, satisfying life as a technology professional. In it, developer and life coach John Sonmez offers advice to developers on important "soft" subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun-to-read book invites you to dip in wherever you like. A Taking Action section at the end of each chapter shows you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.
- Boost your career by building a personal brand
- John's secret ten-step process for learning quickly
- Fitness advice to turn your geekiness to your advantage
- Unique strategies for investment and early retirement
About the Author
John Sonmez is a developer, teacher, and life coach who helps technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.
Table of Contents
- Why this book is unlike any book you've ever read
SECTION 1: CAREER
- Getting started with a "BANG!": Don't do what everyone else does
- Thinking about the future: What are your goals?
- People skills: You need them more than you think
- Hacking the interview
- Employment options: Enumerate your choices
- What kind of software developer are you?
- Not all companies are equal
- Climbing the corporate ladder
- Being a professional
- Freedom: How to quit your job
- Freelancing: Going out on your own
- Creating your first product
- Do you want to start a startup?
- Working remotely survival strategies
- Fake it till you make it
- Resumes are BORINGLet's fix that
- Don't get religious about technology
SECTION 2: MARKETING YOURSELF
- Marketing basics for code monkeys
- Building a brand that gets you noticed
- Creating a wildly successful blog
- Your primary goal: Add value to others
- Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek
- Writing books and articles that attract a following
- Don't be afraid to look like an idiot
SECTION 3: LEARNING
- Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself
- My 10-step process
- Steps 1-6: Do these once
- Steps 7-10: Repeat these
- Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda
- Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda
- Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must.
- Do you need a degree or can you "wing it?"
- Finding gaps in your knowledge
SECTION 4: PRODUCTIVITY
- It all starts with focus
- My personal productivity plan
- Pomodoro Technique
- My quota system: How I get way more done than I should
- Holding yourself accountable
- Multitasking dos and don'ts
- Burnout: I've got the cure!
- How you're wasting your time
John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer, where he tirelessly pursues his vision of transforming complex issues into simple solutions. John has published over 50 courses on topics such as iOS, Android, .NET, Java, and game development for the online developer training resource, Pluralsight. He also hosts the Get Up and CODE podcast, where he talks about fitness for programmers. John is a life coach for software developers, and helps software engineers, programmers and other technical professionals boost their careers and live a more fulfilled life.
It sparked an interest in me, to see if that comment sheds another side of the coin regarding his soft skills book.
And because I cannot write on that particular negative comment, I will post my views about the book and that negative comment here.
I don't see his email as forcing us to downvote this comment.
As a developer, I am sort of attached with the word "if"
if (you disagree with Josh's low rating)
downvote and write personal comment //suggesting
Therefore, his email did not force us all subscribers to downvote this. Though, intentional or not, the mail ignited a more thorough discussion regarding the book.
About Josh's comment with the foreword, I could understand why he was disappointed with the foreword.
Perhaps when we read books related to sw development, we are accustomed to read forewords that proved certain algorithm is optimal, that the theorem is factual because that foreword writer has similar study, or that the foreword writer has written a design that the author had implemented in the book, etc.
However, this book is not a (brick and mortar) technical book. Therefore, we need to read this book (and the foreword) with different perspective or approach.
I believe the foreword in question is fit and proper to his book. It narrated how the situation (publication deadline is looming) and Bob (as a busy person) had tested the author's soft skills, and how the author succeeded in receiving Bob's thoughts of the book and author's chance implementation of the book's content.
I don't think Bob was coerced to write it. Although the foreword started as dark, it ended with a happier note that Bob had tested the contents of the book (see, it's somehow like a technical foreword indeed).
On finding books that are more reputable and concise on the 7 topics mentioned, I still prefer to read this book because it is specific to my needs as a software engineer. I just ordered my book from Amazon Japan last week of April 2017 and I find the book straightforward and easy to implement for me. It saved me from a lot of TMI not applicable in my situation.
It also helps to be a critical reader. There are some of the book that I don't agree. Not all in the book are trash, the book's content is not for everybody. But I can vouch majority of the book's content had helped me a lot.
Nevertheless, I rather move on and read a new applicable/interesting chapter rather than dismissing the whole book as unhelpful.
For me, I am thankful to find this book as it enriched me not just to be a better software engineer but a well-rounded person.
I do like the life-skills topics: investing in stock, real-estate, etc. Things that can be done with a family or "on the side" given a person's capital. The fitness section is really insightful, I doubt I'd be at John's level, but it does cover a lot that your physical education classes SHOULD have covered in high school and approaching it at a geek level.
Lastly, the section on networking and marketing yourself is solid, but if you've got a good handle on Twitter, and LinkedIn this may seem a little redundant. Overall, a solid book for developers.
I can't fully recommend this to everyone. If you're above an intermediate level and you have a decent network, you might not pick up that much from this book - but then again, you wouldn't be shopping for this book. If I have one quibble, it's that I can't recommend his financial strategy - he's a follower of the "Rich Dad/Poor Dad" strategy of building real estate wealth, and whenever I hear of someone who earned a lot of money doing this, all I can think of is the phrase "survivorship bias" - the half-dozen friends I had who did this sort of thing all wound up barely breaking even and oddly, none of them ever wrote about their experience. Still, kudos to Mr. Sonmez for daring to stick his neck out when too many books aimed at starting developers skirt this important stuff entirely.
It took me a few weeks to find out I can download the digital version from the publisher's web site to read on any device. At first, I overlooked the piece of paper with the codes inside.
So why did I buy it? I realized I had read a lot of professional software development books: on languages, coding style, design patterns, high level concepts, mindset, etc. But I had a blind spot: no books on software development social/soft skills. I searched for software development books on social skills and this one stuck out. There also doesn’t seem to be much competition (if you know of any other good ones, please let me know).
So against all my instincts telling me “this guy is not really an engineer. He’s a marketing bro. How could he know what he’s talking about? How could this book apply to my life?” I decided to purchase the book. My next thought was shock: “WHAT? The delivery time is TWO WEEKS? It’s not prime!?”
When the book finally arrived and I started reading it, it didn’t take me long to start making highlights, bookmarking sections, and writing notes. The book is good. He gives a lot of good advice in a wide variety of topics. The ones I found most useful were about career planning, networking, marketing, productivity, and mindset. He surprised me by offering advice I hadn’t heard before and can instantly put into practice. I would share them here, but he deserves the book sales.
When you have a book with such a wide variety of topics, it’s inevitable that many readers will already have a good understanding of a few of those topics. For me it was personal finance, fitness, and diet. I didn’t think his chapter on dating added value either.
His writing was simple and easy to understand, but not exactly spellbinding. He opens a lot of chapters with a single paragraph explaining why the subject is important and follows it by saying “now that I’ve convinced you this subject is important…” Most of the time, he didn’t. It felt cheesy. But his points are clear and he offers a lot of important questions to ask yourself.
This book covers a lot of subjects at a high level with examples you can put to use right away. I think most readers will be able to take away a few things that they can apply to their own lives that over time will make a significant difference. What more can you ask for from a book?