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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual

Book Description


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 Somnez 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.

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.

What’s Inside

  • 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

    1. Copyright
    2. Brief Table of Contents
    3. Table of Contents
    4. Foreword
    5. Foreword
    6. Preface
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. About This Book
    9. About the Author
    10. Chapter 1. Why this book is unlike any book you’ve ever read
    11. Section 1. Career
      1. Chapter 2. Getting started with a “BANG!”: Don’t do what everyone else does
      2. Chapter 3. Thinking about the future: What are your goals?
      3. Chapter 4. People skills: You need them more than you think
      4. Chapter 5. Hacking the interview
      5. Chapter 6. Employment options: Enumerate your choices
      6. Chapter 7. What kind of software developer are you?
      7. Chapter 8. Not all companies are equal
      8. Chapter 9. Climbing the corporate ladder
      9. Chapter 10. Being a professional
      10. Chapter 11. Freedom: How to quit your job
      11. Chapter 12. Freelancing: Going out on your own
      12. Chapter 13. Creating your first product
      13. Chapter 14. Do you want to start a startup?
      14. Chapter 15. Working remotely survival strategies
      15. Chapter 16. Fake it till you make it
      16. Chapter 17. Resumes are BORING—Let’s fix that
      17. Chapter 18. Don’t get religious about technology
    12. Section 2. Marketing yourself
      1. Chapter 19. Marketing basics for code monkeys
      2. Chapter 20. Building a brand that gets you noticed
      3. Chapter 21. Creating a wildly successful blog
      4. Chapter 22. Your primary goal: Add value to others
      5. Chapter 23. #UsingSocialNetworks
      6. Chapter 24. Speaking, presenting, and training: Speak geek
      7. Chapter 25. Writing books and articles that attract a following
      8. Chapter 26. Don’t be afraid to look like an idiot
    13. Section 3. Learning
      1. Chapter 27. Learning how to learn: How to teach yourself
      2. Chapter 28. My 10-step process
      3. Chapter 29. Steps 1–6: Do these once
      4. Chapter 30. Steps 7–10: Repeat these
      5. Chapter 31. Looking for mentors: Finding your Yoda
      6. Chapter 32. Taking on an apprentice: Being Yoda
      7. Chapter 33. Teaching: Learn you want? Teach you must.
      8. Chapter 34. Do you need a degree or can you “wing it?”
      9. Chapter 35. Finding gaps in your knowledge
    14. Section 4. Productivity
      1. Chapter 36. It all starts with focus
      2. Chapter 37. My personal productivity plan
      3. Chapter 38. Pomodoro Technique
      4. Chapter 39. My quota system: How I get way more done than I should
      5. Chapter 40. Holding yourself accountable
      6. Chapter 41. Multitasking dos and don’ts
      7. Chapter 42. Burnout: I’ve got the cure!
      8. Chapter 43. How you’re wasting your time
      9. Chapter 44. The importance of having a routine
      10. Chapter 45. Developing habits: Brushing your code
      11. Chapter 46. Breaking down things: How to eat an elephant
      12. Chapter 47. The value of hard work and why you keep avoiding it
      13. Chapter 48. Any action is better than no action
    15. Section 5. Financial
      1. Chapter 49. What are you going to do with your paycheck?
      2. Chapter 50. How to negotiate your salary
      3. Chapter 51. Options: Where all the fun is
      4. Chapter 52. Bits and bytes of real estate investing
      5. Chapter 53. Do you really understand your retirement plan?
      6. Chapter 54. The danger of debt: SSDs are expensive
      7. Chapter 55. Bonus: How I retired at 33
    16. Section 6. Fitness
      1. Chapter 56. Why you need to hack your health
      2. Chapter 57. Setting your fitness criteria
      3. Chapter 58. Thermodynamics, calories, and you
      4. Chapter 59. Motivation: Getting your butt out of the chair
      5. Chapter 60. How to gain muscle: Nerds can have bulging biceps
      6. Chapter 61. How to get hash-table abs
      7. Chapter 62. Starting RunningProgram.exe
      8. Chapter 63. Standing desks and other hacks
      9. Chapter 64. Tech gear for fitness: Geeking out
    17. Section 7. Spirit
      1. Chapter 65. How the mind influences the body
      2. Chapter 66. Having the right mental attitude: Rebooting
      3. Chapter 67. Building a positive self-image: Programming your brain
      4. Chapter 68. Love and relationships: Computers can’t hold your hand
      5. Chapter 69. My personal success book list
      6. Chapter 70. Facing failure head-on
      7. Chapter 71. Parting words
    18. Appendix A. If you can write code, you can understand finances
    19. Appendix B. How the stock market works: Rules of the system
    20. Appendix C. Garbage in, garbage out: Diet and nutrition basics
    21. Appendix D. How to eat healthy: Pizza is not a food group
    22. Index
    23. List of Tables