Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

  • by John Sonmez
  • Narrated by John Sonmez
  • 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers and 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 subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun listen invites you to dip in wherever you like. A "Taking Action" section at the end of each chapter tells you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Good solid advice, worth multiple listens

Great book. Good solid advice for anyone in software engineering not just developers. covers a lot of ground with just enough detail to keep you listening and wanting to find out more about the areas under discussion.

Some of the audio recording could be better but didn't take much away from the content.

Well worth a read or listen for anyone in software and the extra content on John's website is good my main criticism is that the style is a bit too get rich quick sales style however the content is worth it.
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Worth getting for the additional insights

What did you like most about Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual?

I really like the way John presents his content. The best part compared to reading the book is that John includes additional insights and tips that are not in the original text. He doesn't go off on a tangent though and the additional content is well worth listening to.


What does John Sonmez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The extra insights where he goes more in-depth about certain subjects or where he will add extra value by talking about new things he's learnt since the printed version was published.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel motivated - Not all the techniques and ideas within the book were new to me, but it definitely motivates you to really think about your situation more. It's a book you can listen to multiple times and be motivated by it again and again


Any additional comments?

Check out John's YouTube channel Simple Programmer if you didn't come from there initially

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- danieltharris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2015
  • Publisher: Manning Publications