A Guide to Staying up to Date with Web Development Trends and News

19.09.2019   Admin   Tech News


Web design in 2019 feels like a constant game of catch up. Blink and you’ll miss a new JavaScript library, a new way to approach APIs, a conference that changes everything (or so they tell you). But then there’s the flip side — if you spend all your time catching up on the latest news and blogs, well, then you have no time left to code.

So how do you decide which to spend the most time on? For me, I try to spend my time 70% — 30% on creating and learning. Recently, I’ve gotten into daily challenge websites like JavaScript30 where I can spend 20 minutes tackling a problem and come out of it having learned something. Otherwise, if I’m reading articles or going through documentation, it’s sometimes difficult to feel like I’m getting something tangible out of it.

Here is a list of the most useful resources I’ve found for keeping up to date with modern web development trends and news.

Podcasts

OK, to be 100% honest, I’m not a huge fan of tech podcasts. I’d rather listen to supernatural stories of Lore or to the banter of the guys from Pod Save America because, to me, podcasts are about escapism, not about work. But if I do listen to tech podcasts, it’s these two shows. They provide that internal kick I need to push myself on projects or to discover new tools. I just learned about Prettify on Syntax, and it’s drastically improved the way I code in my text editor.

Syntax — Tools for developers

Syntax is a podcast hosted by Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski. Don’t let their cringe-y tagline of being a podcast with the tastiest web development treatsturn you off; these guys are really sharp. They’re javascript-fanboys that have great advice on getting started, learning new frameworks like React.js, and tips on becoming a freelancer.

20 Minute VC — Venture Capital & Startup Funding

The best part of the 20 Minute VC is, well, that each episode is only 20 minutes. But at the same time, you feel like you’ve absorbed an incredible amount of information. Harry Stebbings, the host of the podcast, has contagious British enthusiasm (if that’s even a thing). Listening to the guests — whether they’re VC partners or startup founders — is one of those things that gives you that internal drive to keep doing what you do.

Design

Smashing Magazine — latest design trends

I’m not a designer, but I keep telling myself I will learn CSS grid eventually. I love that Smashing Magazine comes to design from a usability point of view — it’s not overly technical and it focuses on user experience above all.

Tech News

NYTimes — the week in tech

Does this count as cheating? Maybe. I know there are so many better publications out there that focus directly on technology. Wired, Tech Crunch, Mashable—just to name a few. But the thing I love about the tech columns of the Times is that they’re a brief-but-meaningful overview of everything I need to read without the noise.

Note: Last updated May 2019. This is a relatively short list because I didn’t want to include crappy sources that I looked up just for the article and that I don’t actually read every day. It’s a work in progress, and I’ll keep updating as I discover more kick-ass resources.


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