- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (29 Dec. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617292397
- ISBN-13: 978-1617292392
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thank You John Sonmez.
The next section is about marketing yourself as a developer and the various ways in which you can do this. This section covers topics such as blogging, speaking and writing books. I think this section is great for developers who want to start blogging and speaking but don't know where to start. The is a strong emphasis on how useful these things are in your career development and also how it makes it easier to find consulting work if you are well known.
Section 3 is all about learning techniques, which I think is valuable because as developers we all have to be continuously learning and sharpening our skills. There are some great chapters on finding a mentor and being a mentor for someone else.
Section 4 is about productivity, there are lots of useful tips in this section. There is a chapter on the Pomodoro technique which I found interesting. There are lots of interesting chapters from Holding Yourself Accountable To How You Are Wasting Your Time.
The Financial section is very useful and again helps you kick-start you into different areas of finance that you may have thought would be nice to get involved in but have never taken the time to find out about.Read more ›
The book covers lots of topics that we as software developers/engineers or architects needs to have a wider view over the simplifying any issue.
To get fast sense what quality of book contents are, just read the Uncle Bob's foreword. What do you think?
Also book has some serious flaws:
1) Oversized and overpriced. It would be much better book without repetition... almost in each chapter you can hear, that you must write a blog!
And price - for same amount you can get Code Complete 2nd ed. By quality and amount of work putted in writting book, Code Complete is in different league.
2) 95% of the content is for very junior software engineer. Most people after 1 year work expierence already know that stuff. But book is not advertised as it is focused on young and without any experience developers. Please, say it clearly!
3) Some advices giving wrong message. As Uncle Bob says, half of delelopers don't have 5 years of experience. If all these developers would start writting blogs, making presentations or providing other content - how newbie would be able to find right answers to his doubts regarding creating software? Today already we have a lot of garbage information. And author goes even further - suggests for reader to make commitments to create content non-stop, 3 items each week! Insane!
Instead, I would suggest, not go and create personal content, but find what you can improve on existing stuff. Go and improve the world, but not create your own!
I have written a detailed chapter-by-chapter review of this book on [...], the first and last parts of this review are given here. For my review of all chapters, search i-programmer DOT info for STIRK together with the book's title.
This book aims to make you the most successful software developer you can be – by enhancing your non-technical soft skills, how does it fare?
This book consists of 71 short chapters (each around 6 pages long), arranged into 7 sections, covering a wide range of non-technical skills that aims to make you a more successful developer. The sections cover: career, marketing yourself, learning, productivity, financial, fitness, and spirit.
Since the book covers many topics, the purpose of this review is to give you a taste of the topics covered. Below is a section by section exploration of the topics covered.
Section 1 Career
This is the largest section of the book, and probably considered the most important for many readers. The topics covered include:
Chapter 3. Thinking about the future: What are your goals?
Chapter 5. Hacking the interview
Chapter 9. Climbing the corporate ladder
Chapter 12. Freelancing: Going out on your own
Chapter 18. Don’t get religious about technology
The section opens with the suggestion that the best time for making plans is now, specify some big goals, give them a timeframe, and break them down into achievable pieces of work. Interview advice includes getting the interviewer to like you, emphasising your ability to work independently, and knowing where to go for answers.
It’s suggested that developers should specialize, e.g.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ve just finished reading this truly excellent book.
It’s a feast of distilled wisdom on the life skills needed to succeed and thrive as a software developer. Read more
The title of “Soft Skills” suggested to me that this book might be about all the non-technical skills you need to get along at work and with your colleagues. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tim Cooke
John says this is his first book and I have the idea if his editor had beaten him up a bit more it could have covered the same ground but been 1/3 shorter. Read morePublished 11 months ago by P. A.
I have listened to the audio version of this book which I think probably goes into slightly more detail than the book, with the author perhaps elaborating on the contents of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. M. J. Cawley
I am developer who loves self-development and I am always looking for ways to improve my career. There is a lot of wisdom inside this book touching various aspects of the life of a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Angella Andrea
Great read. One of those you would keep on your forever reading pile as each time you read it you pick up something you missed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ScottishYorkshireMan
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