I was talking with a friend yesterday about how I learned web dev.
They’re just starting out in University, and were surprised to hear that I don’t really attribute a lot of my technical knowledge to university classes.
With them in mind, I made them a quick list of the most notable web development resources I used to learn.
ℹ I’m still working on this one- it’ll be updated over time.
I may re-organize things to be more focused on the level of complexity than the format as it probably makes more sense for quick referencing.
Video Courses 📺
This is honestly where I’ve learned most of what I know in a “traditional” sense.
- Wes Bos’s Learn Node: Comprehensive course that goes over what Node is, how it works, HTML templating, basic JS bundling, etc.
- Wes Bos’s Advanced React & GraphQL: If you have some basic React knowledge, this tutorial takes it to the next level with Next.js, GraphQL, and friends!
- Level Up Tutorials: React, Svelte, etc: All of Scott’s content on Level Up Tuts is great!
- Free Code Camp: lots of really great courses (mostly on their YouTube channel) and even certificate programs!
- Kent C. Dodd’s Epic React: an extremely comprehensive course on react.js that takes you all the way up from fundamentals to advanced concepts.
I listen to podcasts to keep up on what’s new & upcoming in web dev, as well as a way to nerd out about existing tech I haven’t used:
- Shop Talk Show: Just! build! WEBSITES! Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier talk about web dev stuff from a down-to-earth perspective.
- Syntax FM: A relatively beginner oriented podcast hosted by Scott Tolinski, and Wes Bos.
- Remotely Interesting: The Netlify devrel team’s podcast, they’re typically talking about JAMStack and a number of other webdevy things.
This is where most of my practical knowledge came from- and where I recommend people spend most of their time!
- Supastack: A mix between SubStack + Tumblr. It’s definitely not complete but gave me time to learn SupaBase & Postgres.
- Mykal.codes: This website! a blog- it’s been rebuilt 4-5 times in different frameworks (Next.js, Gatsby, 11ty, now Astro)
I use books more as a reference, than anything.
- Flask Web Development: I recently read this to learn about flask for work- it’s great! Walks you through creating a modern-ish web app with Flask.
- Humble Bundle Books: Humble bundle usually puts together some sort of developer book bundle. I’ve got around 60 books from publishers like O’Reilly through their bundles at amazing prices.
- Increment Magazine: A very high quality magazine about software development. Lots of varied, and well done articles from different disciplines of software (edit: rest in peace)
Other stuff I use on a regular basis
- Mozilla Developer Network: have you ever wanted docs for like every web API ever? this is it!