Getting up to speed with the latest in web development isn’t always easy. This is why I love listenings to podcasts that cover the latest trends. I think it’s a fair assessment to say that there is also a clear lack of web development blogs to follow.
A lot of the more interesting articles are often written by individuals who don’t necessarily promote their content outside of tweets and occasional Hacker News submissions.
So, jumping into a podcast episode is a lot easier and more convenient.
Another reason to love web developer podcasts is the links (notes) section. I have found countless great stories and tutorials that I wouldn’t have otherwise. If not for listening to the actual podcast, you can at the bare minimum check out what people are recommending.
Front-end & Back-end: A bit of both
I do full-stack development so the podcasts I listen to also reflect that. In other words, all the shows outlined here have something to do with a bit of both. Also, I’m including links to the podcast website, but also to iTunes, and Google Podcasts.
As such, their passion for sharing and talking is evident right off the bat. Personally, I think there is an even split between technical and beginner-friendly episodes. It’s a good mix of topics on the latest technologies, but also how to progress as a developer.
One thing to note is that new episodes take time to appear on the website. So, I highly recommend that you subscribe with your favorite podcasting app.
Syntax is an absolute must-have in your podcast library! The hosts – Wes and Scott – are both experts in teaching how to code. And all that experience comes through in all of their episodes. Rest assured, you will be kept up to speed with the latest trends in web dev!
Also, the episodes (420+) go all the way back to 2017. So, it’s an absolute treasure trove of learning materials and interesting stories. I also love how much effort the guys put into adding notes for episodes. Not just for links but also for code snippets, etc.
And their transcripts (insanely good!) let you read the podcasts if listening is not your thing.
Does Chris Coyier even need an introduction? The mind behind CSS-Tricks and CodePen also happens to host a podcast show. And it’s all about the nitty-gritty of running a software company as a developer.
A lot of the episodes are focused strictly on CodePen and what it is like running the platform. It’s a great resource to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Chris tackles the problems of a software business.
But rest assured there is plenty of technical talk happening, also.
ShopTalk is also co-hosted by Chris, together with Dave Rupert. More than 10 years in the making, the podcast has over 500 episodes! And it’s all about web development stuff.
Specifically, how to build and maintain websites using the latest tech.
What I like about ShopTalk is that you can send in your own questions. Have a specific issue you want to address? Chances are these guys can help you.
Last but not least, all episodes are neatly organized with both time stamps and excellent notes. Highly recommended.
Not a small feat. But also a testament to the dedication of the hosts.
devMode covers the latest and greatest in web development. The podcast hosts – Andrew and Ryan – are pretty big advocates of Craft CMS, so plenty of episodes relating to that.
But they definitely talk a lot about other things, too. In their own words, “A lot of the emphasis is on modern web development.”.
A new episode is available every two weeks.
CodeNewbie is a little bit different. It’s still a podcast for web developers, but it has an angle to it. The show is focused on inviting guests who then talk about their code journeys.
On any given day you might see an episode with guests who work at Microsoft, Netflix, Google, and other notable companies. And if you’re just starting out, it’s a great way to inspire yourself by learning from others’ mistakes and lessons.
Front End Happy Hour
FEHH talks on topics related to software engineering. It is run by a group of people entrenched deeply in the Silicon Valley culture. And, there are regular guests who also happen to work at some of the most exciting startups today. It’s a fairly laid-back show that manages to capture the essence of good talks, but informative outcomes.
For 30-40~ minutes an episode – you get quite a lot of value for your time. And, of course, each episode is meticulously documented with references and timestamps.
In particular, Frontend First is focused on the UI aspect of development. User Interfaces play a big role in delivering a great user experience. And both Ryan and Sam talk extensively on topics related to accessibility, style, and performance.
HTML All The Things
HTML All The Things has been around for a number of years now. The podcast covers news on web design, web development, and a pinch of small business topics. Want to learn about delivering great customer experiences? There’s an episode for that. The same goes for news on trending frameworks and utilities. A great addition for tuning in once a week.
The most notorious Q&A answers site in the world also happens to have a podcast. Stack Overflow needs no introduction. But, you might have missed that they also run a successful podcast. At the time of writing this, the podcast is already 400+ episodes deep.
And while the spread of topics is broader than just web development alone, there’s still a lot to take away from each episode. Personally, this is a podcast I keep an eye on to know what’s trending in tech. Check it out if you haven’t already.
Developer Tea by Jonathan Cutrell is all about the engineering aspect of development. A lot of the podcast episodes go into a thoughtful exploration of the development process. And from time to time you get notable guests to appear on the show, also.
The key takeaway is that Jonathan spends quite a lot of his time presenting his ideas. Writing code is one part of being a web developer, but there is so much more to understand and learn. And I think that kind of sets the premise for this podcast. Well worth a subscription, with 600+ episodes already in the archives.
Keeping up with trends in Web Dev
So, that about sums up my favorite web developer podcasts.
I tried to steer away from framework-specific shows. I know that there are great podcasts for React, Vue, and other popular frameworks. But, my goal here is to highlight podcasts that discuss a bit of everything. So, a combination of front-end and back-end topics.
If you host a podcast yourself or think I didn’t include your favorite one, hit me up using the contact form on this site. I’ll do my best to take a look (and a listen!) and then add it here.