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.
If emails and newsletters are more your things, then in this section I have you covered. Here are three newsletters all focused on web development.
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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.
Social media is a powerful tool for sharing the latest and greatest news regardless of the topic and web development is no exception with its vibrant and active community. The beautiful thing about social media is that the mere exposure to it is enough to consume news and content so in this section is a list of Twitter topics and subreddits you can follow to ensure you stay plugged into the chatter as things happen.
Twitter is an amazing place to be as someone invested in web development, the “tech Twitter” community, as it’s become known, is a great community of developers who are invested in helping others grow, succeed, and become better at their craft. To get yourself started here are some topics on Twitter to look through to find accounts/content you like and want to interact with.
On Twitter when it comes to tech, it’s hard to ignore the presence of web development; I would venture to say it’s the largest type of programming/tech community on Twitter. There’s always someone sharing something new and exciting whether that be a blog post, Twitter thread, video, or something else. The community on Twitter is so vibrant that it changes from one day to the next. And, the best part about it is new people are joining all the time so it doesn’t matter if you’re brand new or a seasoned pro; there will be people and content that speaks to you.
Due to the size of the web development community on Twitter compared to the other tech communities, even the more general “computer programming” topic is largely taken over by the topic. So, why include both? The Twitter algorithm — that’s why. Twitter shows different content in different topics so it’s worth keeping an eye on both, they both largely cover web development but show different tweets, content, and accounts.
From web development as a whole to more niched topics like Gatsby, GraphQL, and more, there’s bound to be a subreddit that meets your needs and desires. In this section, I’ve listed a couple of my favorites.
If you’re after the latest news, info, and posts about web development as a whole then r/webdev is the place to be. It doesn’t matter what level of a developer you are. If you’re interested in web development then this is one of the best subreddits to be involved in. There’s a range of topics from news articles people have shared, to resources others have created or even questions for people to share their opinions and answers to.
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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!