Book Review: Soft Skills by Jon Sonmez

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One of my goals for 2015 is to read more books. I’ve set myself a target of 12 books. Just 12? Yep, one book a month, that should be doable right? I used to read lots of books when I was young (those were the days), but work got in the way. So I slowly start my reading habit again with an achievable goal for 2015.

The first book I’m reading is Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual from Jon Sonmez. Yep, the same guy who got me blogging again 🙂 I haven’t quite finished it yet, so I’m already behind target, but I’ll catch up, I promise.

This book is about developing the “less tangible” skills for the typical developer. Developers love to code, create beautiful programs, write unit tests (or not) and not worry too much about the rest, such as managing their career, office politics, etc. Just let me code, they’ll say.

However, this book is for the developer who wants more, who wants to purposefully plan and develop their professional life and career. It contains an eclectic collection of topics ranging from the obvious Career, Learning, Productivity to the less obvious topics like Marketing yourself, Financial, and even Fitness and Spirit. Actually, I don’t think this book is for developers only, much of the advice applies to people from all professions.

I’m not going to do an in-depth review of the book. There’s many people out there that already did this. I will say that I can highly recommend this book and I want to leave you with a quote from the book itself:

To all developers who strive for continuous self-improvement…
Who are not satisfied with good enough
Who always seek every opportunity to expand their horizons
and explore the unknown
Whose thirst for knowledge is never fully quenched
Who believe that software development means more than just writing code
Who know that failure is not the end, but merely a step in the journey
Who struggle at times, and sometimes fall, but always get back up again
Who have the will and determination to seek the harder path in life
And, most importantly, who are willing to help others along the way

That’s who this book is for.