The Web development and it's tools, libraries and best practices are constantly evolving and keeping yourself up-to-date is sometimes difficult. What I like to do is use few different mediums to get the latest information. One of them is listening podcasts as I stare screen too much already while doing daily programming.
Here is my current (May 2, 2015) list of top podcasts to listen.
Web Development / Design
I really enjoy listening this one as there are two easy-going hosts (Chris Coyier from CSS Tricks & Codepen and Dave Rupert from Paravel Inc) talking in a very relaxed format. Show contains two types of episodes: Rapidfire and one with the guest. Rapidfire is a listener Q & A session. Episodes with a guest starts with a discussion at the beginning and then there is a Q & A session where guest participates.
If you are a seasoned Web developer or designer then you might find some of the episodes filled with questions from people who are starting a Web related career. I still come back to this as I really enjoy the relaxed format, great hosts and guests.
The Big Web Show
Podcast by Jeffrey "King of Web Standards" Zeldman is a long-form (40-60 minutes) podcast that goes deeply into one topic. Jeffrey has a long history in the Web development/standards/design and knows how to ask good questions. He seems to have a skill to put guests in a thinking mode.
Great guests and well-thought topics. Jeffrey's Web history knowledge is a really nice addition to the discussion.
- #131: Life After Typekit with Jeff Veen
- #130: Progressive Enhancement FTW with Aaron Gustafson
- #125: “You’re My Favorite Client,” with Mike Monteiro
- #102: Sass for Designers
The Web Ahead
Slightly similar with the Big Web Show, but differentiating factors are host Jen Simmons and a little bit more focus on the development side instead of pure design talk. Long-form discussion with various Web experts. I had to put 1.2x speed to my podcast player, otherwise it would be too dreamy to listen.
- #100: Designing the Web with Jeffrey Zeldman
- #93: Parsing Design with Andy Budd
- #84: Transforming the People Problem with Paul Boag
- #78: Offline with John Allsopp
The Path to Performance
New podcast by Katie Kovalcin and Tim Kadlec focusing on a web performance. The duo has a programmer (Tim) and a designer (Katie), so you get two different angles on a topic. This podcast is new one, but I am looking forward to hear more.
- Smallest Federated Wiki with Ward Cunningham
- Famo.us with Steve Newcomb
- Socket.IO with Guillermo Rauch
Programming and IT in general, but contains plenty of Web Development
This is a looooong running show with more than 1100 episodes! The name suggests a lot of Microsoft stuff, but trust my word there are topics varying from career as a software developer to Richard Campbell's great (almost) monologue about water power.
Both Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell are professional when it comes to producing a podcast. They seem to get a really good dialogue going on with their guests and all episodes have a clear structure.
I highly suggest to listen their Geek Out's and also "Making a Thousand Podcasts with Carl and Richard".
Hard to pick favourites from the huge list of podcasts, but here are few:
- Working on your Career with John Sonmez
- Different Databases with David Simons
- Taking Over a Brownfield Application with Scott Ford
- Making Money on Mobile with Atley Hunter
This is a compact (~30 mins) podcast from Scott Hanselman that doesn't waste your time. The show is well-produced and there isn't much small talk, all 30 mins you'll get is rock-solid information to your ears. Like in the .NET Rocks! topics vary a lot.
- "A Dark Room" - What's it like to have a #1 App? With Amir Rajan
- Space and the next IT decade with Tom Soderstrom from JPL
- Creating Reactive User Interfaces with Adaptive Consulting's Reactive Trader
- Managing Errors across platforms with RayGun.io
The hardest part is finding quality shows, I would like to hear your favourites!