Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual (Paperback)

John Sonmez





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.


Forewords by Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) and Scott Hanselman.

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.

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



軟技能:軟體開發者的生活指南是一本獨特的指南,提供專業軟體開發者更滿足的生活技巧和實踐方法。在這本書中,開發者和生活教練John Sonmez從開發者的角度探討了一系列重要的「軟性」主題,從職業和生產力到個人財務和投資,甚至健身和人際關係。


由Robert C. Martin(Uncle Bob)和Scott Hanselman撰寫的前言。

購買印刷版書籍將包含Manning Publications提供的PDF、Kindle和ePub格式的免費電子書。



軟技能:軟體開發者的生活指南是一本關於作為技術專業人士過上充實而滿足的生活的指南。在這本書中,開發者和生活教練John Sonmez為開發者提供了有關職業和生產力、個人財務和投資,甚至健身和人際關係等重要「軟性」主題的建議。這本有趣的書籍由71個短章組成,你可以隨意翻閱。每章結尾的「採取行動」部分將向你展示如何快速獲得成果。軟技能將幫助你成為一個更好的程序員,一個更有價值的員工,以及一個更快樂、更健康的人。


  • 通過建立個人品牌提升你的職業生涯

  • John的秘密十步學習法

  • 運用健身建議充分發揮你的技術專長

  • 獨特的投資和提早退休策略


John Sonmez是一位開發者、教師和生活教練,幫助技術專業人士提升職業生涯,過上更充實的生活。









  1. 為什麼這本書不同於你讀過的任何一本書

  2. 以「轟動」開始:不要做別人都在做的事情

  3. 思考未來:你的目標是什麼?

  4. 人際技巧:你比想像中更需要它們

  5. 駭客面試

  6. 就業選擇:列舉你的選擇

  7. 你是哪種軟體開發者?

  8. 不是所有公司都一樣

  9. 攀登企業階梯

  10. 成為一個專業人士

  11. 自由:如何辭職

  12. 自由職業:自己出去

  13. 創建你的第一個產品

  14. 你想要創業嗎?

  15. 遠程工作的生存策略

  16. 假裝直到成功

  17. 簡歷很無聊-讓我們改變這一點

  18. 不要對技術執著

  19. 程式猴子的營銷基礎知識

  20. 建立一個讓人注意到你的品牌

  21. 創建一個極其成功的博客

  22. 你的主要目標:為他人創造價值

  23. #使用社交網絡

  24. 演講、報告和培訓:用技術人的方式講話

  25. 撰寫吸引追隨者的書籍和文章

  26. 不要害怕看起來像個白癡

  27. 學習如何學習:如何自學

  28. 我的十步法

  29. 步驟1-6:只需執行一次

  30. 步驟7-10:重複執行

  31. 尋找導師:找到你的尤達

  32. 接受學徒:成為尤達

  33. 教學:你想學嗎?你必須教。

  34. 你需要嗎```