• Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

  • By: John Sonmez
  • Narrated by: John Sonmez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-01-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Manning Publications
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (922 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For most software developers, coding is the fun part. The hard bits are dealing with clients, peers, and managers and 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 subjects like career and productivity, personal finance and investing, and even fitness and relationships. Arranged as a collection of 71 short chapters, this fun listen invites you to dip in wherever you like. A "Taking Action" section at the end of each chapter tells you how to get quick results. Soft Skills will help make you a better programmer, a more valuable employee, and a happier, healthier person.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adam Walker on 11-26-15

Should be called a developers roadmap to success!

Where does Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my favorite audio book. I refer back to it often and glean new information each time.

What other book might you compare Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual to and why?

There are certain elements that remind me of How to win friends and influence people. It would however be unfair to both books to make the direct comparison because John Sonmez doesn't give the amount of anecdotal information on human interactions that Dale Carnegie does and "How to win friends and influence people" certainly doesn't cover as many topics that Soft Skills does.

Which character – as performed by John Sonmez – was your favorite?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The chapters on Nutrition and Physical Fitness. As programmers we work very sedentary jobs at times and this is an area where we could all use a helping hand.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to all my friends, new programmers as well as non-programmers. If you are considering it I promise you won't be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ANŽE ŽNIDARŠI on 05-22-16

Junior to senior developers should read this

This book is great listen for software developers from junior to senior level. It's probably one of the rare books on software development you can listen to and not read it.
I've been a software developer for almost 15 years and this book gave me a lot if ideas for next 15 years.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By danieltharris on 10-20-16

Worth getting for the additional insights

What did you like most about Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual?

I really like the way John presents his content. The best part compared to reading the book is that John includes additional insights and tips that are not in the original text. He doesn't go off on a tangent though and the additional content is well worth listening to.

What does John Sonmez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The extra insights where he goes more in-depth about certain subjects or where he will add extra value by talking about new things he's learnt since the printed version was published.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel motivated - Not all the techniques and ideas within the book were new to me, but it definitely motivates you to really think about your situation more. It's a book you can listen to multiple times and be motivated by it again and again

Any additional comments?

Check out John's YouTube channel Simple Programmer if you didn't come from there initially

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3 out of 5 stars
By Simon Toth on 03-17-16

Many words, little substance

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is very information sparse. Each chapter has an introduction, summary, the actual content (which is generally very information sparse), followed by another summary.

You don't really get that much information. Pretty much the entire book could be condensed into a 2 hour informative presentation.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jarryd on 10-15-15

General good living advice.

Software developer? No, this book is by far, much more general than that. Anyone can read this, and gain insight into building good habits, and progressing upwards through life.

Topics such as job interviews, tertiary education being ineffective and fitness are discussed in enough detail so that one may begin to measure the depth of their own ignorance.

This is the kind of book someone aged 17-28 could really use, if they had no idea how to go about being an adult, with a job and responsibilities.

John Sonmez is very passionate about everything in his life, which leads his reading of his own book to break into dozens of tangents. This is frustrating at times, but ultimately beneficial due to the extra dense content he adds.

John also cites a lot of references to back up statements. Dozens of other books, links to websites containing studies and statistics make for very solid information. This is unique in the self help genre.

I recommend it to anyone willing to self improve as the entry book.

Have you ever caught a passionate teacher after class, and stood there just listening to him try unwind 20 years of experience about something in one go?

Yeah, it's that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 11-17-17


I really liked this book and helped me in my goals. It touches diverse topics while at the same time making them easy to read/listen to.

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