30 Blogs & Podcasts For Web Developers To Follow
Here is a list that I compiled of 31 (30 sounded better) active blogs, newsletters and podcasts that relate to web development and design. All of these resources are currently posting in 2018. Some of these resources are related to certain technologies and topics and some are more diverse….Enjoy!
Blogs & Articles
Smashing Magazine: https://www.smashingmagazine.com
David Walsh: https://davidwalsh.name
Scoth.io is on of my top picks for written tutorials. I actually get a lot of my ideas from this site. They do everything from all 3 front end frameworks to Node, Laravel, HTML and CSS and more. You can find complete full stack projects here in written form and they also have premium membership options for videos.
Tuts+ from Envato is another site like scotch where the article are more like tutorials and show you how to do or build something. And they have all types of categories from graphic design to full stack development. Like scotch, they have premium options as well. I’m subscribed to both scotch and tuts+
A List Apart: https://alistapart.com
A List Apart has been around for ages. I remember referencing this site when I was learning HTML & CSS. They mainly deal with CSS and styling. Typography, responsiveness and so on. You can tell each article is very well thought out and written very well. If you wanna become a master of CSS and move past always using frameworks like Bootstrap, you should be reading this blog
Cats Who Code: https://www.catswhocode.com/blog
Cats Who Code is a very diverse development blog that also includes business related topics. I think this is a great blog for freelancers. They have a lot of Wordpress stuff which I know is popular in the freelancing world. Also topics like how to get customers, etc. So If you work for yourself, definitely something to look into
Codepen is a front end playground to post projects. I get alot of ideas from codepen but they also have a blog and what I really like about this blog is they post challenges. Ideas and things for you to create as an assignment, they also throw in some tips and resources to point you in the right direction. So its a little more than just a blog.
Planet Python: https://planetpython.org
Planet Python is obviously a Python based blog. It’s quite advanced in terms of topics. They cover topics such as frameworks like Django and Flask as well as deployment and devops with AWS, Python news, etc. The style isn’t that great but there’s alot of helpful news and information related to Python
Developer Drive: http://www.developerdrive.com
Simple Programmer: https://simpleprogrammer.com
This next one, simpleprogrammer.com, I’m sure many of you have heard of. It was created by John Sonmez, who also runs a YouTube channel that used to be called Simple Programmer, but he’s moved to more self help type videos. His blog is developer related although most of the posts are in the area of soft skills, business and motivation.
Speckyboy is more of the web design category with posts on CSS, graphic design, Wordpress, etc. They focus more on the look and feel and UI/UX rather than programming languages and frameworks.
Laravel Daily: https://laraveldaily.com/blog
Laravel Daily is of course a blog related to the Laravel Framework which is a PHP framework. So if you’re a Laravel developer, this is a must. They have articles about features, configuration, deployment and much more.
Github Blog: https://blog.github.com
The GitHub blog mostly focuses on GitHub related news and topics but GitHub is a huge part of most developers workflow, so its always good to know whats going on. Things like news and events. integration with software, security and more.
Dzone features articles on a huge range of topics. They talk about development with multiple languages, dev ops, databases, AI, big data and the list goes on. I think out of all these blogs, DZone probably is the most diverse. There’s just an overwhelming amount of information here. They also have a job board and other services.
React Blog: https://reactjs.org/blog
Ode To Code: https://odetocode.com
Ode To Code is a blog that focuses on Microsoft related development like ASP .NET, Azure, etc. This is an area where I don’t have a ton of experience but would like to get more into in the future. I’ve looked at some of the posts and they seem pretty interesting and easy to follow.
Frontend Focus: https://frontendfoc.us
Responsive Design Newsletter: http://responsivedesignweekly.com
Responsive Design Newsletter is another weekly round-up of topics like responsive design articles, tools, tips, tutorials and more. They also have a blog but it seems to be outdated as the last post was in 2016.
The Boagworld Web Design Show is a podcast by Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington. Their content varies in terms of technology but it’s all geared toward developers, designers and even just people that maintain their own websites.
The Changelog: https://changelog.com/podcast
The Big Web Show: http://5by5.tv/bigwebshow
The Big Web Show is an award winning podcast, hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman that covers a variety of topics including all types of web technologies, design and art, content strategy and more. I think out of all the podcasts I mention, this is more geared toward design and content rather than programming.
The Laracast Snippet: https://laracasts.simplecast.fm
The Laracast Snippet is hosted by one of my favorite online instructors, Jeffrey Way. In fact I owe alot of what In know to that guy. What I love about these episodes is he gets into the self help world of a developers life. Many of you know that’s something I’ve done quite a few videos on and I think that stuff isn’t talked about enough. Things like burnout and overdoing it. It looks like the last episode at least according to this site was in July. Im not sure if the podcast has ended or not but either way, there are some valuable past episodes.
ShopTalk is a front end UI/UX podcast hosted by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert and each week, they feature a special guest. I actually haven't had the time to listen to this podcast but I’ve heard good things and I plan on diving into some of these episodes soon.
Hopefully you can find something here that will help you become a better developer and help in your life and career.