- Paperback: 504 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (December 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617292397
- ISBN-13: 978-1617292392
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 240 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
Why this book is unlike any book you’ve ever read
Most software development books are about…software development— this one isn’t. There are plenty of books out there about writing good code and using various technologies, but I’ve been hard-pressed to find a book that told me how to be a good software developer.
This book isn’t about what you can do. This book is about…you. That’s right. It’s about your career, your life, your body, your mind, and—if you believe there is such a thing—your soul. Now, I don’t want you to think I’m some kind of lunatic. I’m not a transcendentalist monk sitting on the floor meditating while smoking Peyote leaves, trying to help you ascend to a higher state of consciousness. On the contrary, I think you’ll find I’m a pretty down-to-earth kind of guy who just happens to think that being a software developer is about a whole lot more than writing code.
In the pages of this book you’ll find quite a few seemingly unrelated topics strung together, but there is some semblance of reasoning behind this madness. This book is divided into seven sections, each focusing on a different aspect of your life as a software developer. If you wanted to categorize and group these sections it would be easiest to look at them as career, mind, body, and spirit.
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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The type in the book is large, which makes reading it really fast, and there is some decent humor to be found in here as well. Some of the chapters I didn't feel like applied to me as much, primarily the ones that focus on financial success, simply because I am not at the state yet, but it was still interesting to read about.
Here is my five-star rating for the book, and it's highly recommended to all programmers.