25 essential resources for web developers


For front end development Hackdesign and the gorgeous The Expressive Web are hard to top, with lessons for CSS3 and HTML5 ranging from gradients and animations to audio, canvas and forms. Teaching-materials.org is another great site, delivering a variety of slide-based curricula licensed by CC – there’s also a handy ‘duration’ guide and exercises.


The developer world relies on information exchange sites such as StackExchange/StackOverflow, which allows enthusiasts and professionals alike a forum to ask questions; the most popular can be upvoted by others.

Questions at the time of writing included push notifications on Android through to float print points in Python.

Another resource for solving and exploring problems is GitHub; the ‘Git’ alludes to various version control systems  - revisions of coding for various applications – on which developers can collaborate, analyse, tinker and upload. The ‘Hub’ references the fact that developers can store their projects and network at the same time.

For most web-fiends Google is the ubiquitous problem solver and resource finder for developers and coders, and Chrome is the go-to browser. Chrome plug-ins and extensions are numerous, but one certainly worth mentioning is node.js, which is built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime to deliver fast network applications, potentially across distributed devices. 


There are some beautiful books online that can such as this that can enable the reader to create Javascript design patterns. In fact, the website of the same author Addy Osmani is another treasure trove of architecture from the Google engineer.

There’s a huge array of CSS frameworks available here. If you need lovely letters for your development needs, Google Fonts will find plenty, but there are many other websites of the same kind, including Typecast, (and its 90,000 available fonts).

As a final, all encompassing list of development resources from the four corners of the web world, one would struggle to find a more comprehensive list than here. This huge page of thousands of useful items has been broken into headings referencing everything from podcasts and frameworks to animation and memory checks.


Want a few more, light-hearted resources that play heavily on the stereotypes of your average developer? These might tickle your fancy.

Teapigs and/or Pact coffee are essential caffeine fixes for an artisan (read: hipster) should one not wish to fire up the Macbook at the downtown coffee house. Geek combines technology, gaming, and popular culture – including toys and movies – into one neat package.

Any beard grooming site is essential, and completing the ticksheet of information for the 2015 web developer is any guide to fixie vs single speed cycling as described here for urban travel.


If you’re looking for a new challenge there tends to be great opportunities at the Guardian, linkedIn, Indeed or the IT Job Board. Don’t rule out looking at individual company websites for great opportunities.

If you want an overarching view of the digital economy you’ll struggle to do better than Tech City. Of particular interest is its Tech Nation report for 2015, which breaks down technology clusters of the UK that are leading the way and the particular roles that are hot right now. Don’t rule out looking at individual company websites for great opportunities, such as those offered here.


Smashing Magazine is an excellent, regularly-updated site with a large number of contributors, writing on a variety of different topics including their own teams. Stuff is great for tech geeks, boasting reviews, Top 10s and features, while Develop should satisfy most of the news needs of gamers. TechCrunch is particularly good at profiling startup companies, as well as casting an eye over breaking technology news.

For broader news consider The Guardian Media and Technology sections – at the time of writing, topics as broad as “Apple’s Steve Wozniak says humans will be robots’ pets” and a review of Batman Arkham Knight were considered.

Finally, Niemanlab.org is an interesting look at how technology is changing journalism for the 21st century.



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