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

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Appendix A. If you can write code, you can understand finances

Let’s be honest, most software developers don’t know much about finances. That might not apply to you, but I know that when I first got started in the world of software development, I had no clue how the world really worked. I didn’t understand anything about how the stock market actually worked—besides buying and selling stocks. I didn’t understand how mortgage loans and banks operated. I had no clue what an option or a derivative was. And I only had a vague idea of how insurance companies made money.

I’m not sure why I hadn’t learned most of these things—I suppose because they aren’t really taught in school and it’s not the kind of things your parents teach you, either. But I ...

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