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Top 15 Podcasts All Web Developers Should Follow


As web developers, we’re always trying to get better at what we do. One of the best ways to do that is to listen to what other developers have to share. And even if you’re not learning, it’s still fun to hear what other devs are talking about. Today, I’ll share 15 podcasts that you should definitely check out.

1. Yahoo! Theater

It seems that as often as a few times a month, Yahoo! brings in developers on the cutting edge of web technology to keep their employees up to date. For the benefit of the rest of us, these talks are recorded and published. You’ll find well-known devs like Douglas Crockford and NNicolas Zakas, and talks on everything from performance and accessibility to JavaScript and the DOM.

2. The Dev Show

This may be my favourite show from this list. The Dev Show, hosted weekly by Dan Benjamin and Jason Seifer, will give you a carefully curated set of development-related links (usually with a web dev slant) to enjoy. As an added bonus, you can watch the show live on Tuesdays at 1pm EST.

3. The Changelog

The tagline for the Changelog says it all: “Open Source moves fast. Keep up.” This podcast, and the accompanying blog, is all about keeping you updated with the latest in Open Source Technology. It’s hosted by Adam Stacoviak and Wynn Netherland, and seems to be the official Github podcast.

4. jQuery Podcast

If you’re familiar with jQuery (and you probably are), you know there’s a podcast to go with it. Each week, hosts Ralph Whitbeck and Rey Bango bring you the latest in jQuery news, as well as great interviews with important people in the jQuery community. You can listen in to the jQuery wisdom of people like Remy Sharp, Yehuda Katz, Cody Lindley, and our own Jeffrey Way, among so many others.

5. SitePoint

Sitepoint is a great resource for anyone interesting in technology, design, and even business. Books, courses, forums, blogs, articles, they’ve got it all. Of course, there’s a podcast too: check it out to find out what’s going on in the web industry.

6. WebPulp

According to the site, WebPulp is “a podcast about technology that powers the web.” In each podcast, host Josh Owens interviews someone from behind the scenes of a well-known webapp; you’ll find out what hardware and software it takes to run apps like the 37signals apps, or GitHub.

7. The WordPress Podcast

It’s pretty apparent that both Nettuts+ readers and writers are big fans of WordPress. If you can’t get enough WordPress goodness, you’ll probably want to sign up for the WordPress Podcast, “a weekly podcast with news, interviews and plugin tips.” There’s a bonus here: one of the most recent interviewees was none other than Collis Ta’eed, CEO of Envato.

8. EE Podcast

If you’re a user of Ellis Lab’s Expression Engine, you’ll enjoy the EE Podcast (Ellis Lab is the company behind CodeIgniter; in fact, EE is build completely on CI). Each week, Ryan Irelan and Lea Alcantara will fill in you on a certain aspect of of EE deveopment.

9. CSS Tricks Screencasts

If you’re a web developer, you’re probably pretty familiar with Chris Coyier’s website CSS Tricks. Besides his excellent articles, Chris occasionally puts out a screencast every few weeks. With his relaxed style, you’ll learn about a random—but always practical—part of web development in each episode.

10. The Big Web Show

Hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman and Dan Benjamin, the Big Web Show “features special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy, typography, web technology, and more. It’s everything web that matters.” You’ll listen to interviews in which famous web personalities like Eric Meyer, Jason Fried, Nicole Sullivan, Ethan Marcotte, and other professionals you should know open their minds and let you learn from the best. You can catch this show live on Thursdays a 1PM EST. Just like the Dev Show and the EE Podcast, the Big Web Show is part of Dan Benjamin’s incredible 5by5 podcast network.

11. Think Vitamin Radio

You may be familiar with Carsonified, the company behind many web dev / design training initiatives (including the Future of Web Design and Future of Web Apps confernces). On Think Vitamin, Carsonified’s “blog about the web”, you can catch Think Vitamin Radio, “a bi-weekly chat about web design, development, and entrepreneurship.”

12. The Userability Podcast

User Interface Engineering “is a leading research, training, and consulting firm specializing in web site and product usability.” You can take advantage of some of the free usability training they offer in their podcast, the Userability Podcast.

13. jQuery for Designers

This is a great resource for any beginner (and even intermediate) jQuery developers. In each episode, Remy Sharp will explain how to create an popular web effect using jQuery. You’ll learn how to build pop-up bubbles, sliding headers, and simple tabs.

14. Nettuts+ iTunes

Of course, Nettuts+ publishes screencasts, too! For your convenience, you can get these in an iTunes feed, or subscribe to them on YouTube.

Bonus: HuffDuffer

HuffDuffer is a site created by Jeremy Keith; it allows you to easily create your own podcasts. From the tag cloud above, you can see that a lot of the content being collected is related to web development. Check it out!

Get Listening!

I’m sure most developers listen to the occasional podcast. Have I missed your favourite podcast? Let us all know in the comments!

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