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  • 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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This book is like a golden ticket for software developers. Everything from A to Z.
Thank You John Sonmez.
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I have followed John's Simple programmer blog for sometime now and watched his YouTube videos. The book starts off with a section on Career with advice on interviews and people skills. The section then moves on to the various employment options that you have available and might not considered before. There is lots of great advice on being an independent consultant or even starting your own startup. There is a useful chapter on resumes and even asks you to consider getting your resume professionally written.

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.
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I've been following John Sonmez for a while now on Pluralsight and his website simpleprogrammer, As a software developer John gave me lots of inspiration and he still help us grow everyday with the fantastic ideas.

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.

Thanks John!
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Too shallow, book only scratches the surface. And author even don't bother to provide where to find more deeply discussion about various topics (and it's strange, as author mentions, that he read a lot).
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!
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Hi,

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.
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