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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 4. People skills: You need them more than you think

To some degree this book is all about people skills or “soft skills.” As someone reading this book, you’re probably at least somewhat aware of their importance in your life and your career. But in this chapter, I want to dive in a little deeper and talk about why people skills are so important and some of the things you can do to acquire them.

Leave me alone, I just want to write code!

I used to be under the impression that the job of a software developer was just to write code. I know I’m not alone in having been guilty of thinking that way.

The fact is that a majority of our time in the software development field is spent dealing with people, not with computers. Even the code we ...

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