Web Developers: How to Stay Current

May 29, 2007

Technology moves fast — on the web, even faster. If you’re a web developer, how do you stay on top of new techniques, tools, and languages? Below I’ve shared some resources that help me stay current.

User Voted Content

There’s a lot of garbage on the web. Sorting out what’s good and what’s not is a mountain of work – for one person, at least. Digg, Reddit, and DZone are user communities where members vote and rank new content. The front page might be full of celebrity gossip and other distractions, but searching for key terms that interest you (i.e. “php” or “ruby”) can yield good results.

I particularly recommend checking out DZone, which focuses on developer-oriented content.

Web Developer Blog Feeds

You’ll find there are blogs that you’ll come back to again and again – the experts. This might go without saying, but why not cut out the middle man and add them to your feed reader?

Some of my fave developer blogs right now are Coding Horror (Programming & Technology), Err The Blog (Ruby on Rails), and Modern Life (Web).

Social Bookmarking sSites

Social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us let people share their bookmarks online. You can check out what’s generally new or popular, or subscribe to feeds tracking what your friends or co-workers find worthwhile.

Tip: A lot of bloggers share their public bookmarks. If you like what they write, there’s a good chance you’ll like what they read.

Have any suggestions? What do you use to stay current?

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