Top 10 Websites That Every Software Developer Should Follow

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Here is a list of Top 10 websites that every software developer should follow. These are the ones that our engineers subscribe to and they’re the ones that have helped us learn and grow. As developers over a number of years, we still check them out regularly every day to keep up with what’s happening in the scene now. 

Dev.to

Our first item on our list here is dev.to now. Just so you guys know. Dev. to is a website for developers and there are a number of cool things in here. The articles and feed are generated based on the hashtags that you follow, but on top of this, there also randomized to an extent that you’ll always see something new on the homepage.

You can of course check out what’s trending over the week as well as the month and the year. But really we jump on here and get to learn something new every single day. The articles are posted and are focused on essentially developers trying to learn something new. Most of the content comes with code and examples. So whether you’re going to learn redux or react or even if you just want to learn a new thing like maybe hooks,  you can do so right here.

They’ve got a number of other cool things here too. You can do listings for example and you can find jobs here. You can also check out some of the trending news as well as even get some cool merchandise as well. We have posted hundreds of articles on here and there’s a great community with comments as well. It’s similar to reddit, but a lot more supportive. I think it’s worth checking out and if you haven’t heard of it before, just visit dev. to when you have a chance and I’m sure you’ll love it.

Indie Hackers

This is a website by developers for developers and its focus is on talking about the journey that developers go to when they create their own companies or products or freelance or try to create something successful. These are stories of both failures and successes and everything is transparent, which is really cool.

You get to see the numbers and statistics behind people that launch their own products, things like the numbers of how many people visited, maybe how many people bought their product and even how much money they made. I really like the interviews and podcasts that they do. People like Alex from Techcrunch can give you his wisdom and experience over the years and lessons learned or for example,you might learn how to make $200,000 a month selling cookies with SAM.

These are all interesting and fun topics to learn about and you as a developer can get inspired to create your own. 

Stack Overflow

This next one we all know and love its stack overflow. And while I know that a lot of people might not directly follow it, a lot of us do end up here whenever I’m searching for a problem, like even just trying to do something on reg x, which is annoying as hell. I always seem to end up finding the answer I’m looking for right here and the solution might be from all the way back in 2013 or something like that and yet it’s a great resource.

I know there are also working on the community to make sure that it gets better and it’s just a great website. So every developer, I’m sure ends up here at one point or another.

DevDocs

A website that is really for documentation and looking up the syntax and manuals and references for different front end languages and libraries. They have everything that you might want to know in here stuff like for example, beginner’s guides, advanced topics for html or javascript or angular or JQuery or backbone Js. All of these are on here with examples and codes and descriptions of how every one of these work.

You can also search up everything from say react to how to use react hooks. And these guys are nice and simple to follow with code examples too. So it’s a place that I’ve just kept as a little bookmark for myself. Whenever I’m looking out maybe how to do that redux function or for example how to put in that hook that I might not have for a long time.

HashNode

HashNode dot com is a newer website, much newer than some of the other ones we’ve heard of so far. But their focus is more about providing news and options for people like developers like us to essentially blog on here and share useful information. And let’s take a quick look at some of the topics on here. There’s things like nobody should be working for eight hours a day or six tools I used for web development or even this one here by Catalan pit that says about how to contribute to an open source project as a beginner. 

Now there’s a huge variety on here. but this is really useful stuff, simply knowing how to contribute to an open-source project really helps out new developers, whereas some of these other articles on tools to use for web development can help out those people that might be developers for a long time, but they just haven’t heard of some of these useful tools before. This is also a place where you can write up your own blogs and get started and that’s something I might do as well in the future on this site.

Medium

Medium is our seventh entry in this list. It’s a website which I’ve always enjoyed for the high quality level of content they produce. There’s also a variety of content on here, not just for developers but for designers, for people interested in javascript or reacting. Even just general development as well. If we scroll through here, some of the article names are pretty cool. Like this one here for 7 development tools to make your work that little bit easier. If we check it out, it’s got cool topics here, like for example, a good password manager so that you can log into all your things at the same time or an SQL playground or SQL for matter all of these things that we might use as a developer that we sometimes do the hard way.

There’s little cool tips and tricks in here on how to just do it a little bit faster and easier, even regex. I’m sure we all love or hate regex but understanding it is like understanding a new language and this little calculator here already seems to do half of the automation for creating those little regular expressions for me.

Git hub 

Git hub is just a code repository, but it’s turning into so much more. There are some really cool GIT hub repositories on here for just information. Things like free resources for developers or designers, things like compilations of the best tutorials and so much more. Even just being able to follow some of the people that go on here and start great github repositories and checking those out is always fun and something that I always like to do when I’ve got a bit of spare time.

Glassdoor

It’s a website that doesn’t just post on the different types of job positions you might be able to apply for but also gives you anonymous reviews of different companies and people who actually work there. They’ll tell you about the interview process and what they went through so that you’ll know what to expect if you’re going in yourself. They’ll also give you maybe an estimate of what kind of money they were earning there. They can tell you how long they worked there and what type of maybe values and morals each one of the companies had. And it gives you a better indication of when you’re going to apply for a position. This is really cool because sometimes transparency is hard to find. And this place just gives you a bit more insight into where you might be working in the future. 

Reddit

It’s our 10th item on our list and it’s a massive one simply because there are so many different subreddits that are existing on here for development. There is obviously web DEV with over half a million members with lots of really cool posts all the time. But there are also other useful ones too. There are web DEV tutorials and here you’ll find tutorials on all sorts of things. For example, web development in 2019. We also have things like learning html or CSS or javascript and lots more as well.

We also have ones here for say front and if you’re learning how to do CSS or html in general as well as other sub credits that you might find like learning programming, which is also a really good and useful one if you’re starting. Uut all of these really combined to a place where you can share and talk to the community to get your knowledge for Web DEV and as a developer, this is a place that I visit almost every single day.

We have one last item here, a bonus website that didn’t make our top 10 list but definitely deserves a mention. It’s actually a chrome extension and it’s for developers. What it does is provide you developer news every single time you open up a new tab here is a compilation of all sorts of news things from DEV.2 or medium or even the verge. You can really compile a list whatever you want to see on here. And this is a simple extension to simply click to install and start using that way. You can be up to date with the latest news that’s happening all in one place.

These are just the top 10 websites that we follow as a developer, but I’m sure you guys have your own. We’d love to hear what they are. So leave them in the comments below and I’ll definitely be checking those out.

Sonika January 12, 2022
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