"How do you stay up-to-date as a Web Developer?"
That was a question I used to ask my colleagues regularly. I couldn't help feeling like I was always behind and would never be able to catch up. The tech industry is moving at such a rapid pace that it's impossible to keep up with everything and know it all.
Eventually, instead of fretting over the answer to this question, I realized that all I could control was the content I took in to keep on top of the new trends. One of the main things I have found to be successful is the concept of Continual Learning.
Below is a subset of resources that I use to help me stay up-to-date (as much as I can) with the ebbs and flows in our ever-changing industry.
Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski host a podcast entitled Syntax, which they market as "A Tasty Treat Podcast for Web Developers." The podcast does an amazing job of providing information on solid web dev topics, best practices, and up-and-coming technologies.
The Traversy Media YouTube channel has over 1.2 million subscribers and provides tons of tutorials on a variety of web development topics and projects. Recently, the channel has hosted guest YouTubers who provide tutorials on topics outside of the web dev space so there is a lot of variety for inquiring minds.
Web Dev Simplified
The Web Dev Simplified channel aims to simplify the web for you and does a great job of doing so. There are a lot of "Learn X in Y minutes" type tutorials for quick tips along with more in-depth topic coverage. I like this channel because it aims to provide short and simple tutorials to get you up to speed swiftly. There's also the Web Dev Simplified blog that includes similar style content in written form.
Academind is a good place to go if you want a deep dive into a particular topic. Max from Academind does a great job of explaining complex material. On the channel and website, they provide a wide variety of topics that they cover from frontend frameworks to Python and AWS.
I've purchased numerous Udemy courses from Colt, so I was elated when I found out that he had a YouTube channel. Colt is one of my favorite online teachers. The way he describes complex topics makes things "click" for me. I would highly recommend you check out his content if you haven't done so already.
This channel has been one of my newer go-to guides for design and CSS knowledge. Kevin is a self-proclaimed "CSS Evangelist" and you can really see his passion shine through in his videos. Some of the things he does with CSS are mind-blowing 🤯.
Zero to Mastery Blog
I found out about the Web Developer Monthly - ZTM blog through some of Andrei's courses on Udemy. There's a section entitled "Free Tools for Web Developers" and it's where I have gotten a lot of project resources. Overall, the blog is a great source for finding out about trending technologies and news about what's going on with popular libraries and frameworks like React and Vue.
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I hope that these resources will help to keep you knowledgeable and aware of the emerging trends and best practices.
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