Book Review – Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual

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Soft Skills Book Review

Is John Sonmez: The hardest working man in the dev business? I first learned about John when I stumbled onto his excellent PluralSight course on Selenium Test Automation. Since then, I've become hooked on all his digital content — his other PluralSight courses, podcasts, blog posts, and YouTube videos.

The amount of quality content John consistently creates is amazing; so much so that I've been wishing I could learn the secret sauce to his productivity and content creation awesomeness.

That's why I was so thrilled when I heard about his new book, Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual. I signed up for the Manning Early Access Program (MEAP) program, and have been hooked since reading the first chapter.

The Layout of the Soft Skills Book

Soft Skills is broken up into seven main sections:

  • Career
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Learning
  • Productivity
  • Financial
  • Fitness
  • Spirit

Each section contains between 9 and 15 chapters. It is truly a holistic approach to creating a successful career as a software developer.

My Favorite Soft Skills Nook Sections

One of my favorite sections of Soft Skills has to be the one on productivity since it includes John's own personal productivity plan. Since John is so danged productive, I'm looking forward to implementing (or at least attempting to implement) his plan in order to take my digital content creation to a whole new level in 2015.

John also talks about how he uses the Pomodoro Technique to get more work done in a focused manner. If you are easily distracted and find yourself wondering at the end of each day where the time went with little to show for it, this simple technique will change your life.

Another of my favorite sections is the one on learning. If you're an engineer, you know that it is critical to stay on top of the latest trends and technologies in order to stay current.

Becoming stagnant as a software developer is the kiss of death to a long- lasting, prosperous career. Once again, John reveals a number of step-by-step processes you can follow to ensure that you stay ahead of your competition in the ever-changing world of technology.

Want proof that John knows what he's talking about? Do a search for John Sonmez on Pluralsight and take a look at the 30-plus courses he has created. The number of different topics is staggering, making it abundantly clear that John knows a great deal about both learning and productivity.

Why you need to get the Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual

In Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual, John reveals his secrets for becoming a successful software developer. He holds nothing back — covering everything from career management and productivity to a number of topics you won't find in any other engineering books, such as finances and fitness.

I consider John to be one of the hardest working developers in the software business today, and with this book you too can discover what it takes to succeed in software development (and in life!).

This book will make a great gift for new computer science college grads as well experienced graybeards like myself. Get it now ==>Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual


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