podcasts for web developers

10 podcasts for web developers

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In web development, technology moves at a rapid rate. Podcasts are an ideal way to stay up to date. They’re an excellent fit for packed and busy lives, because you can listen to them while on the move. So which are the best podcasts for web developers? Here we list ten of them aimed at covering all skills levels and interests.

  1. Syntax

This weekly show is described as a ‘Tasty Treats Podcast for Web Developers’ – it’s run by full stack web developers Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski. This podcast covers a range of technical issues – such as hosting and servers, as well as more industry-related issues including freelancing hot tips.

The hosts are good at simplifying complex topics, explaining how things work and giving relevant examples from their own work experience. Each podcast is approximately an hour long.


  1. Developer Tea – Spec

This podcast for web developers is designed to fit inside your ten-minute tea break. It’s part of the Spec Network aimed at both designers and developers to help them learn, find great resources and connect with each other. Their podcasts are downloaded more than 100 000 times per week. There’s also a Spec community you can join.


  1. Devchat.tv

This site provides a wide variety of podcasts on a number of programming languages. Some of their interesting-sounding, language-specific podcasts for web developers include ‘Adventures in Angular’, ‘Javascript Jabber’, ‘Ruby Rogues’, etc.  Javascript Jabber, for example, would include the latest features in Javascript as well as topics like functional programming, design patterns, etc.


  1.  The Changelog

The Changelog is aimed at full stack developers and includes one of the largest communities on the web. The podcast features all things open source and includes discussion with hackers, leaders and innovators of software development. Some guest speakers include Paul Fremantle, the CTO and Co-Founder of WSO2 as well as Jason McGee, the VP and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform.


  1. Front End Happy Hour

This one sounds like fun. It’s a podcast featuring a panel of Software Engineers from Netflix, Evernote, Atlassian & LinkedIn talking over drinks about all things relating to Front End development. Some episodes are career-focussed – for example, the latest episode features a discussion on internships and leveraging your internship into a full-time job, whereas others are more tech-focussed – such as a discussion on Progressive Web Apps.


  1. Motion and Meaning

If it’s UX, or user experience, that gets you going in the mornings, try Motion and Meaning. This podcast is aimed at those wanting to bring more motion and animation into their UX designs. The hosts have a long track record in innovative design and animation, and each week features a new special guest.


  1. Full Stack Radio

This podcast is for those wanting a deeper dive into web development, including front and back end issues. Every episode, host Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration. It’s a fairly tech-heavy podcast.


  1. Shop Talk Show

A podcast aimed at front end development and design. The podcasts are relatively long, between 60-75 minutes each. They cover new or updated technologies as well as some listener questions in some of the shows.


  1. CodeNewbie

If you’re starting out on your coding journey, this is the podcast for you. Every Monday you can hear a new story of someone starting out on his or her coding journey. For example, you could hear how someone went from being a musician to a developer, or how to build a robot in JavaScript.


  1. 99% Invisible

And now for something a little different. This is a design-focused podcast that lets you see the world with fresh eyes. The podcast is a mixture of design, architecture and culture. If you’re a web designer interested in the ‘unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world’, check out this podcast. Even if you’re not a designer, this podcast should make you notice design issues that happen all around us.


We’ve mentioned ten podcasts for web developers, ranging from tech-heavy podcasts to those more appropriate for newbies. If you’re interested in other online learning opportunities, check out HyperionDev’s Full Stack Web Developer Bootcamp. You can do it part-time and under the guidance of an experienced coding mentor.