What I’m Reading: 13 of My Favorite Web Development Newsletters

Keeping up to date with the ever-changing world of web development is tricky. You can either get overwhelmed by the amount of JavaScript frameworks and new shiny projects that promise you 10x productivity or you can just say, to hell with it and pray to not be left behind on the web development world.

I’ve consolidated my favorite sources of development related newsletters to share.

My Experience

I’m a voracious reader, but weeding through tons of resources and blogs to find the most interesting and insightful content was time consuming. There was always a moment where the content piled and the days didn’t have enough hours for me to even look through my queue. I couldn’t keep up, and I had a web-news meltdown.

Now I don’t spend that much time looking for content to read, and I have to say my life is much happier for it. Thanks to the newsletters that show up in my inbox weekly, I don’t miss anything and am confident I’m up to date with the latest and greatest without allocating all my time to searching.


Newsletters are awesome because they are concise, while keeping you relatively up to date with whatever is going on in the web development community. I say relatively because I probably won’t be able to take part in most day to day conversations going on in twitter, but for me, that’s good enough.

Some newsletter curators will filter the best content on the web for you, and you can find niche newsletters covering the more geeky libraries and projects you are interested in.

I have split a bunch of hand picked newsletters on three categories: Software development in general, Front-End and Back-End.

Software Development

Hacker Newsletter
Every Friday Kale Davis manually curates the best articles from the Hacker News site. This newsletter includes a number of categories: Code, Design, Books, Videos, Work, Learn and Fun between them.
Web Development Reading List
I love how Anselm Hannemann writes this web centric newsletter. He’s like a friend who catches you up on what happened last week.
Software Lead Weekly
I’m not a team leader, and still, this newsletter is pretty interesting for me. Articles about culture, people and communication curated by Oren Ellenbogen every Friday.

Front-end and JavaScript

Smashing Magazine Newsletter
This publication has been one of my favorites since I started building sites 6 years ago. In their newsletter, they cover news about Web design, UX, CSS and front end development. Always with the quality seal of Smashing Magazine.
Responsive Design Weekly
Every Thursday, Justin Avery sends his selection of featured news, articles, tools and tutorials related to Responsive Web Design. A great place to know about the current best practices on the multi device web world.
JavaScript Weekly
This is one of the long runners, with more than 240 issues already released. It’s also one of my favorites, dealing with all kind of interesting stuff, including Node.js news. Curated by Peter Cooper.
This is one of the newest ones, and it is so new that only one issue has been released. However I cannot give enough credit to one of my all time code-heroes, Nicholas Zakas.
Web Tools Weekly
Curated by Louis Lazaris, this newsletter is packed with links to all kind of front end related tooling. If you start new projects frequently or are freelancing, this is pretty darn useful.
Dashing D3.js
This highly specialized newsletter curated by Sebastián Gutiérrez brings the latest data visualization and d3.js news right to your inbox. I may be biased due to my love of d3.js.

Back End technologies

Python Weekly
Every Thursday Rahul Chaudhary picks articles, talks, tutorials and tools related to Python and Django.
Ruby Weekly
Another one brought to you by Peter Cooper, this newsletter has already released 250 issues. This newsletter is full of useful information for Ruby and RoR developers.
News, plugins, themes, podcasts and videos about one of the most famous CMS’s on the web. I have to admit I haven’t read many posts from this newsletter, but felt this list wouldn’t be complete without one WordPress newsletter, especially now that the REST API has made this platform a bit more interesting.
Web Operations Weekly
Another new publication by Peter Cooper that covers the devops field, with an special emphasis on web performance.

Wrapping up

Web development newsletters save me a huge amount of time each week. I’m all for other people reading and curating the web so I don’t have to. I’m still up to date with what’s going on in the community, and I can get my fix of deep dives into my niche interests.

I missing a great newsletter from my list? Have other ideas about keeping up to date? Let me know @golodhros.

Photo credits: James Abbott