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Published April 11, 2015 in Uncategorized - 5Comments –

could be best described as an ‘everyday developer manual’ or, better yet, a ‘how to succeed as a developer’ book. John Sonmez is a teacher, speaker, and the author of “ Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual,” in which he talks about “soft skills” – a developer’s career, productivity, fitness, investing, as well as marketing oneself. John, as he puts it on his blog, is passionate about “taking the complex and making it simple.”

John compares a developer who writes code to a blacksmith setting up shop in a medieval town. He urges developers to think of their employer as a customer; this promotes an attitude of working for oneself in order to attain a better result, and not simply acting as a drone in a 9-5 job.

Simply put, the topics presented in this book are worth their weight in gold.

John is very successful at what he does; he regularly blogs at where he gets over 3,000 views a day, and offers to help other developers create blogs. When I saw a free email course on “How to boost your career,” I immediately signed up. After all, it is free. All you have to do is provide John with your email address. In return, you will receive  bi-weekly emails on how to get started with hosting and installing your own wordpress blog. There are also lessons followed by ‘homework.’ Yes, you need to do some work. After all, John won’t be writing your blog posts for you but he’ll be there twice a week to remind you how much you’ve been slacking off! Ok, perhaps he won’t call you a slacker but he’ll insist that you work hard and will offer his priceless guidance to help you create your own successful blog.

I highly recommend that you, at the minumum, give some thought to it and check out his free course at

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  • Kevin O’Shaughnessy

    Hi Sebastian,

    Congratulations on your blog. I discovered in via the link on John’s site. I have been blogging myself now for about 18 months. There are many benefits. I did not realise when I first started that it would lead me to discover so many other developers around the world. That’s one benefit, but there are also many others.

  • James Murphy

    Great blog design Sebastian! Found you via SimpleProgrammer like Kevin.

    John also inspired me – I’ve been blogging on and off for about 4 years but since mid-February this year I’ve blogged non-stop (1 a week). Consistency is absolutely key and I think every developer should have a corner of the web that is their own – sadly many don’t have the drive to do so – which means we don’t get to hear what they have to say!

    Thankfully with this blogging course at least it’ll give a few of us a chance to start off a small ecosystem of our own.

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