My Favorite List of Tech Blogs, Developers, Tools and Resources

The purpose of this blog post is to share some of my most favorite web development blogs, productivity tools and the developers that I follow for advice, tips n tricks and the updates about what’s coming to the web in the future. There are tons of great web development blogs and resources out there on the web but then you also have plenty of terrible ones too. Finding right resource is a very time consuming process and a tiring one too.  Over the years, I have been curating the list of the good resources that I came across. Today, I would like to share all of these resources that have helped me greatly in shaping up my career as a Full-Stack Engineer.

WEB DEVELOPMENT BLOGS I READ:

In order to stay ahead in the web development and design one must keep track of latest advancements in it. Although there are plenty of blogs dedicated on the web development but there are some blogs that stand out from the rest. Listed in no particular order of importance, here are my favorite blogs that I highly recommend that every aspiring web developers should read.

  1. Tuts+:
    Tuts+ (formerly known as Nettuts+) is a leading publisher of online tutorials and courses for self-directed learners to develop creative skills. The site has lots of free resources that are updated on a regular basis. One can always subscribe to basic monthly plan and get the access to premium content.
  2. Smashing Magazine:
    Smashing Magazine’s offers the quality content for the Web development and design community. An excellent collection of blog articles covering topics like coding, design, and graphics.
  3. A List Apart:
    “For People Who Make Websites” – The tagline says it all. A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
  4. SitePoint:
    SitePoint provides cutting-edge content for web professionals — developers, designers, programmers, freelancers and site owners. A go-to resource for seasoned web professional or someone learning the basics of web design.  You’ll find regularly updated content to feed your creativity.
  5. WebAppers:
    WebAppers is a blog dedicated to share top quality open source resources for web developer and web designer daily. As a web designer, you’ll find some of the best free icons, stock photos, brushes, fonts and design inspirations. As a web developer, you’ll also find some of the best Javascript and Ajax components like modal windows, menus,galleries, tooltips, charts, calendars plugins and a lot more…
  6. Treehouse:
    A an excellent team of professionals created Treehouse platform to revolutionize how people learn web design, web development, and iOS development. Treehouse is the best way to learn technology skills that can change your life.

DEVELOPERS I FOLLOW:

In this section, I would like to share some of my favorite web developers (in no particular order) that I follow who have inspired me or provided me with great resources or advice. Again, I hate to classify but there are many of other super talented developers blog posts I read BUT just wanted to list the majors ones that I track and follow almost daily.

  1. Paul Irish@paul_irish
    Paul Irish is a front-end engineer, and developer advocate for Google Chrome team. He is also recognized as an expert in web technologies like HTML5 and CSS. He has created, contributed to, or led the development of many popular front-end web development libraries e.g. Modernizr, Yeoman, HTML5 Boilerplate and many more.
  2. Jeff Atwood@codinghorror
    Jeff Atwood is a software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He is known for the programming blog Coding Horror, and is the co-founder of the question-and-answer website Stack Overflow (I am addicted SO… can’t live without it) and the Stack Exchange Network. Coding Horror is one of my favorite programming-related blog.
  3. Joel Spolsky@spolsky
    Co-founder of Fog Creek Software (Trello, FogBugz, Kiln) and Stack Exchange (Stack Overflow etc). Over the last 14 years he has written 1100+ articles about software development, management, business, and the Internet. And, last but not least, don’t forget to read The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code. Its a great way to judge the quality of a software team.
  4. Addy Osmani@addyosmani
    Addy Osmani is a Developer Programs Engineer on the Chrome team at Google. A passionate JavaScript developer, he has written open-source books like ‘Learning JavaScript Design Patterns‘ and ‘Developing Backbone Applications‘, having also contributed to open-source projects like Modernizr and jQuery. Don’t forget to check his personal project TodoMVC that helps developers compare various JavaScript MVC frameworks.
  5. Chris Coyier@chriscoyier
    Chris Coyier is the founder and curator of the popular web design community CSS-Tricks, talks about web design every week on the podcast ShopTalk. He has also co-founded the popular code playground called CodePen which is an HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code editor in your browser with instant previews.
  6. Alex Sexton@SlexAxton
    Alex Sexton, a JavaScript developer for Stripe, ex-yayQuery star,Modernizr team member, YepNope inventor, TXJS organizer. He writes and speaks on topics related to large-app development, internationalization, parsers, and recently front-end security.
  7. David Heinemeier Hansson: @dhh
    Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp (formerly 37signals), NYT Best-selling author of REWORK and REMOTE, and Le Mans class-winning racing driver.
  8. Ryan Bates@rbates
    Ryan Bates is a producer of Railscasts – Ruby on Rails Screencasts. I simply LOVE Railscasts. It has helped me tremendously in learning Ruby on Rails. The screencasts are short and focus on one technique so you can quickly move on to applying it to your own project. The topics target the intermediate Rails developer, but beginners and experts will get something out of it as well.
  9. Harry Roberts@csswizardry
    Harry Roberts is an award-winning consultant, front-end Architect, designer, developer, writer and speaker from the UK. He specialize in architecting, writing, and scaling CSS for large websites, apps, and products in big-team environments.
  10. Paul Graham@paulg
    Paul Graham a programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist. He is known for his work on Lisp, for co-founding ViaWeb (which eventually became Yahoo! Store), and for co-founding the Y Combinator seed capital firm. He is the author of few programming books. And, last but not the least, can’t go without the mention of the HackerNews which is the go-to resource for hackers.

 

NEWS RESOURCES / PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS:

In this section, I would like to share some of my favorite productivity tools that I used and the news blogs where I get my daily tech pulse from.

  1. HackerNews:
    HackerNews is a very popular link aggregator for the technology and startup community. Officially titled by Paul Graham (Y Combinator Co-founder) in 2007, Hacker News began mostly as a place where the very computational-savvy could submit stories around the internet and discuss the latest computing trends. Hacker News proved to be a more reliable way for me to keep track of what’s on the mind of developers and VCs. I am totally hooked (addicted) on HN!
  2. Product Hunt:
    Discover the latest mobile apps, websites, and technology products that everyone’s talking about. Product Hunt surfaces (curates) the best new products, every day. It’s a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations
  3. TechCrunch:
    TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. The number one guide for all things tech. They also host Disrupt which is an annual conference where new technology startups launch their products and services competing on stage in front of leading venture capital, potential investors, media and other interested parties for prize money and publicity.
  4. CrunchBase:
    CrunchBase is the world’s most comprehensive dataset of startup activity and it’s accessible to everyone. Founded in 2007 by Mike Arrington (co-founder of TechCrunch), CrunchBase began as a simple crowd sourced database to track startups covered on TechCrunch. Today you’ll find about 650k profiles of people and companies that are maintained by tens of thousands of contributors.
  5. LastPass:
    This is a life saver! I can’t imagine how much time I have saved by using LastPass password manager. No more entering passwords on various sites. It streamlines this process by allowing you to store all kinds of information, including your website logins, bank accounts, passports, wills and investments. Of course, it protects your accounts through Advanced Encryption Service-256 technology.
  6. Evernote:
    Evernote serves multiple purposes, but foremost the digital notepad allows you to keep track of your multimedia in one place. It can sync notes, to-do lists, photos, video clips and audio recordings across all of your devices.
  7. Slack:
    Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. This freemium online service ensures that group communication is quick and smooth, and all but takes long group emails out of the equation.

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