My Favorite ‘Development’ Blogs

If you read this blog, then chances are you would be interested in any sort of other technical/tutorial blogs out there. For this blog post, I wanted to share some of my favorite tech blogs that give me some really good tips and tricks for my own work. Its important to note that I am currently a web developer using WordPress, so a lot of these blogs are centered around web technologies or specifically WordPress. If you are looking for other programming blogs or software development blogs, you will have to search elsewhere.

Kailey Lampert is a web developer who has a wonderful blog that is very similar to my own. She goes over things that she uses in her everyday work environment and shares them with others so that they can also use her discoveries to make their day a little bit better and a whole lot easier. She has written a multitude of WordPress plugins and really knows everything about WordPress development. I find myself learning a lot about my own work by simply following her Twitter and reading blog posts. There are also a few personal/opinion posts thrown in there, but I honestly find them really interesting and entertaining so I really like that aspect of the blog as well.

One of my favorite posts is her recent post on using GitHub. She has a video tutorial which gives a quick rundown of how to use Git in conjunction with GitHub and all the commands you will need to get started. The video is clear, concise, and really easy to follow. Check out the video below and don’t forget to visit!

Good UI is a small blog arranged as ideas how how to design good user interface. I honestly think that this is one of the best sites you can read if you are at all involved with user interaction (which you obviously are if you are involved in web development). As mentioned, the site is arranged as a collection of ideas, which are different thoughts on how to improve your UI. This is one of the few websites where I am subscribed to the newsletter because I want to read the new ideas that come out every week.

If you ever find yourself with some time on your hands and want to improve yourself, just read through this website. You won’t regret it.

Tuts+ is a site dedicated to helping you learn whatever programming/design skill you want to learn. The website contains hundreds of tutorials in different disciplines taught by super experienced instructors. I have learned a ton of information from Tuts+. One of the major downsides to the site is not everything is free, but there is a huge portion that is free content (I don’t pay for a subscription but I’ve still learned so much). I highly recommend this site if you are looking for concentrated tutorials where you will learn a lot in a short period of time.

My favorite instructor from the site is by far Jeremy Way. He is super (and I mean SUPER) knowledgeable and I’ve learned a ton from his tutorials alone. You can check out his author page that lists all his tutorials here, check out his personal blog here, and follow him on Twitter here.

This may seem like a bit of a confusing entry for many people. Just above I mention that I really like Tuts+ but I don’t pay for it. Why then, do I have Udemy, another website like Tuts+ but with less free content and by far more expensive. The reason is Stack Social. Stack Social is a website that offers deals on everything from wallets to, you guessed it, programming courses. I have bought quite a few Udemy courses through Stack Social in one of their “Name Your Own Price” sales. This means that I can get a ton of premium video courses for $1.

Udemy’s courses are very professional and well-made, and for the $1 price point you can’t go wrong if you see something that you want to learn in one of the deals. This may not be the perfect solution for everyone since you have to wait until a deal appears (or at least I would, Udemy courses are normally very expensive), but you can get some great deals and learn a whole lot using Stack Social this way.

Sublime Text Tips is a site that provides a bunch of different tutorials about how to get the most out of Sublime Text (aka the greatest text editor of all time). I have a number of tutorials that I have made for Sublime Text on this website (include writing Sublime Text Snippets and Extending Sublime Text). For a while there it looked like Atom might have been the new big kid on the block, but I’ve seen most web developers move back to Sublime Text including myself.

Some of the posts are a little more like opinion pieces rather than actual tutorials, but the site is still contains a very useful collection of tips and tricks. In the end you will find yourself learning a lot more about Sublime Text, and if you use it as much as I do, this will make you way more productive each and every day.

Coding Horror is the blog of Jeff Atwood, a software developer who in 2008 founded and built, and what would ultimately become the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites, in a joint venture with Joel Spolsky. The Stack Exchange network is now one of the top 150 largest sites on the Internet. This guy is a big deal. His website offers his insights and musings about the world around him, and since I think he’s a pretty rad and very opinionated dude, I find his blog super entertaining and a great read.

This site also contains a Recommended Reading for Developers section where I have found some of the best books about both web and software development. If you don’t like the main blog site, then please at least check out his recommended readings, because they are really that good. In fact, the name “Coding Horror” comes from one of the books he recommends called “Code Complete 2” by Steve McConnell. Coding Horrors are used in the book to illustrate extremely bad/dangerous coding samples. This blog is meant to help you face down your own Coding Horrors and crush them with your superior knowledge. Check it out.

What Are Your Favorites?

That sums up some of the sites that I frequent more often when I have some spare time. I would love to hear back from you about what sites you visit and why you think they are awesome. Please let me know in the comments below!

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