Finding high-quality, trustworthy web development news can be an issue for a lot of developers so to make the burden a bit easier, here is a collection of awesome sources, including everything from podcasts and developer newsletters to news aggregators. Regardless of how you like to consume your content, there should be something for you below.
In this section are three podcasts that are focused on web development as a whole, from explaining technologies and concepts to interviewing leading experts in the field. If you’re interested in web development then you’re bound to find something of note in these podcasts.
Web development news aggregators
Sometimes you don’t want others to handpick 5 out of 10 articles for you to read or give you a summary of the latest news; sometimes you want to be in charge of your own destiny and pick the news you read and consume from a larger list of content. This is where these web development news aggregators come in handy, they collect the articles and links, and you choose what to read.
Daily.dev puts a unique spin on being a news aggregator. Yes it collects all the latest news from its list of hand-picked sources tailored to your individual preferences, but instead of emailing it to you or making you go to it, it comes to you. Daily.dev replaces your web browser's home screen so as soon as you open your browser, the latest development news is sitting there ready for you to consume.
DevURLs is more of a traditional news aggregator; it collects articles and news from various sources around the web and presents the titles to you in a nice, compact list by source so you can easily check multiple sources for new information and news by just visiting the one website. You can also search headlines to find topics bespoke to your requirements.
Here are some honorable mentions that didn’t quite make it into other categories in this post. These all have their own unique perks and quirks that make them great locations for finding the latest news, topics, and discussions in the web development world.
Similar to CSS Tricks, Smashing Magazine is another online publication that allows developers to submit their ideas and writings for publication. Smashing Magazine publishes detailed articles covering new ideas/concepts and news of the latest technologies with real-world examples to back them up.
Self-publication platforms like Hashnode and Dev.to are amazing websites for finding news and new ideas. We can visit one website and see all the latest articles on that platform published by developers around the world on the topics we are interested in. If there’s a new piece of information, it’s likely someone will have written a post on it on one of these platforms. They may not always be the most detailed source of news, but they can be a great way to pique curiosity and trigger further investigations on other sources.
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Throughout this post, we have looked at several sources and mediums of consuming the latest and greatest web development news. I hope you found them helpful and may have learnt about a new one or two during this post.
As a closing note, it’s worth bearing in mind that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to consuming your news and information. Some people like newsletters, others podcasts and others something else entirely so play with the different mediums and see what works for you. Who knows you might even find something I didn’t mention in this post that works for you; if you do find something, I’d love to hear about it over on Twitter!