11 Podcasts for Beginning Web Developers

It has been a long time coming, but podcasts are officially cool again!

A simple medium that got its start long ago for technology standards, podcasts are back and thriving. The only difference these days is that people have infinite and better ways to listen.

Whether it’s on the commute to work, at the gym, doing chores around home, at work, or while getting ready in the morning, podcasts are easier than ever to listen to.

I got into podcasts a few years ago when I entered the professional world. In a casual office, I listen to music and podcasts as I please and early on was introduced to Serial (season one, let’s be real). I was hooked and quickly I moved from casually at the office to listening on my commute and whenever I found myself with some mindless free time. My app of choice is Pocket Casts, but every podcast listener knows that it is largely personal preference, as every app its strengths and weaknesses.

After Serial, I dove into the world of tech-focused podcasts (of which, there are many). I wanted to absorb as much information as I could and hear from people that are in the industry that I want to be in. At the very least, I could gather some common themes, issues, and advice to help myself moving forward.

After consistently listening for a long time, some podcasts begin to stand above the rest. The best podcasts have fun hosts that hold attention, are released more regularly (usually weekly), and cover fun and interesting topics. I’ve gathered a list of some of my favorites that are all, of course, beginner-friendly. Here are 11 podcasts for beginning web developers to listen to:

The Podcasts

1. CodeNewbie

CodeNewbie is an amazing podcast as well as a network of beginning developers run by Saron Yitbarek. CodeNewbie prides itself on being the most inclusive and positive community and Quincy Larson agrees. CodeNewbie covers every topic from security to tech conferences to diversity in tech, all in an easy-to-understand manner. Then, each Wednesday night at 9 pm eastern, they have a Twitter chat that’s largely related to that week’s podcast. Give CodeNewbie and Saron a listen, you won’t regret it.

2. ShopTalk Show

ShopTalk Show is a personal favorite of mine and another popular podcast in the web dev world. Hosted by Dave Rupert and CSS Tricks’ Chris Coyier, the banter and expertise these two bring make this an extremely fun and informative podcast. They have amazing guests on to talk about certain topics and “Rapid Fire” shows where they answer questions sent in by listeners. Like I said, it’s my personal favorite and I look forward to listening each week.

3. Learn to Code With Me

Learn to Code With Me, run by Laurence Brandford focuses on self-taught developers and their stories. Being self-taught myself, it caught my attention right away and I’ve definitely enjoyed listening. Laurence does seasons, where she comes out with weekly podcasts and then takes a break for about a few months. She is in the early stages of season three and going strong. Her guests are interesting, I love hearing how others taught themselves, and her website is very helpful for beginners as well!

4. Developer Tea

Developer Tea is named so to be able to listen to the podcast on your tea break…if that’s your thing. It’s run by Jonathan Cutrell and focuses on other things than just coding skills. Developer Tea focuses on more of the soft skills that may not be covered by many other podcasts. Jonathan is obviously talented and brings a new perspective to coding podcasts.

5. Developer on Fire

Taken from the ultra popular podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, Developer on Fire follows a similar path. Dave Rael talks to all sorts of developers about every topic under the sun and fires out a lot of episodes (see what I did there?).

6. The Changelog

The Changelog is all about open source. I have a personal fascination with open source and the Changelog is just a quality show. Run by Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo, these two invite a (sort of) weekly guest to talk everything open source that you could imagine.

7. Responsive Web Design

RWD is an extremely informative and easy-to-digest podcast. Run by two industry experts, Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte, this podcast highlights a new expert in a topic each week and deep dives into that topic, usually under half an hour. Ethan actually coined the term and literally wrote the book on “Responsive Web Design”.

Toolsday takes a slightly different approach, focusing on the tools that we use to get our coding done (and sometimes general topics as well). That could be anything from browser extensions to hardware. Hosted by Chris Dhanaraj and Una Kravets, they sure have fun making this podcast. Both of these two are goofy and make a fun and short podcast. Being a fan of the front end, Una is a hero and a wizard. I recommend checking out anything that she is involved in!

9. The Boagworld Show

If you want to get your British accent fix, the Boagworld Show is possibly the goofiest of them all! Run by Paul Boag (I hope the name makes sense now), Marcus Lillington, as well as many regular guest hosts, it’s a fun break from the usual. These guys have clearly known each other for a while, poking fun during their show that talks about largely web design topics. These shows are a little longer and have the banter that many others don’t.

10. Front End Happy Hour

I’m an aforementioned front-end fan, and Front End Happy Hour covers a lot of cool topics. It has the feel of a happy hour discussion with friends, making it different than the obvious sitting in front of microphones with a schedule. This group brings in the usual guest hosts and choose a related word to their topic that if said, they will take a drink. It makes it fun and I find myself listening for the word each show like I’m back at PeeWee’s Playhouse.

Don’t be fooled by the casual attitude, the show covers serious topics by professionals in the day-to-day. Their two most recent episodes cover imposter syndrome and burnout, two things that people deal with on a regular basis and topics that aren’t often discussed by real developers in a conversational matter.

11. Starthere.fm

Start Here FM is the most beginner-friendly podcast in this list for obvious reasons. Dain Miller is the host and he really tries to help out beginners wondering where to start, how to level up their early careers, and generally how to grow as a developer. I will say that his show is possibly the least-regular, but Dain covers a ton of things that I, as a beginner, have found incredibly useful.

What are Your Favorites?

What did I miss? If you have any suggestions either to add to this discussion or ones that I should check out, shoot them over and I’ll give them a listen!

I hope that you enjoy some of these podcasts as everyone’s taste is different. If nothing else, there are some good people to follow on Twitter in the Web Dev community. Let me know which ones you like or don’t like and I can suggest others as well.

I like listening to these podcasts, but look for a future post of non-programming podcasts that I enjoy as well when I need a break. Keep learning and keep sharing!


Originally published at blog.benthom.me on May 5, 2017.

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