We’ve made a list with the very basic bloggers every software developer should read. As the word “basic” implies, it’s a non-exhaustive list, but as a coder, you’ll definitely find each and every blog listed below more than useful in boosting your software developing skills and enhancing your IT career overall.
1. Coding Horror
One of the oldest and most popular IT blogs the Internet has to offer, Coding Horror comes with probably the wittiest IT blog name as well. Jeff Atwood is the one writing it and he has been doing so since 2004. He’s a software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur, based in the United States, and he is also known for being the co-founder of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange. Every coder – new or experienced – should have this blog on their reading list, no doubt about it.
2. Joel on Software
If you ever had to deal with project management, you’re probably more than familiar with the word Trello (for all the newbies out there, Trello is a widely used project management software). Well, its creator, Joel Spolsky, is also the author of Joel on Software, a blog about “software development, management, business, and the Internet”, as he puts it. Joel is a software engineer, but also founder of Fog Creek Software and co-founder (together with Jeff Atwood, the one we talked about above) of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange. As a coder, you’ll find his blog posts useful and very insightful, so go on, don’t be shy, add him to your reading list, as well.
3. Sara Chipps
Sara Chipps moved her blog to Medium, the new cool kid in town when it comes to blogging platforms and she has a lot of interesting things to write about. One of her favorite topics is about how to build a hardware company if you’re a software engineer. No, seriously, that’s a real blog post name. How come? Because she already did it: she’s founder of jewelbots, basically a friendship bracelet that teaches kids to code. Sara is a software developer, blogger, entrepreneur and conference speaker. Prior to becoming a CEO, she cofounded Girl Develop It, a NGO that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development. Definitely a blog to follow.
4. Scott Hanselman
What’s really nice about Scott Hanselman is that he’s not just your regular coder turned blogger type of person. He’s much more than that. He also has a very active Youtube account, making him a rare programming vlogger. Even more, he has not one, not two, but three podcasts in which he talks about developer’s lives, social media, and tech culture. Scott works in Open Source on ASP.NET and the Azure Cloud for Microsoft, but he is also a teacher, a co-author and a speaker. And you know what else he is? Somebody you must have in your newsfeed daily, so hit that subscribe button. No regrets.
5. Paul Graham
Paul Graham doesn’t have a blog in its classic sense, but rather a collection of essays revolving around a large spectrum of topics, from why there seems to be something fishy about Java to language design. He’s of course, first of all, a programmer, and then a writer and an investor. He was the co-founder of the first software as a service company, Viaweb (later acquired by Yahoo) and one of Y Combinator’s founders, through which start-ups such as Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe or Reddit got funded. What we really like about his writing is exactly this exquisite combination between essay writing, the really well-crafted type of writing, and business thinking, the type of thinking you would expect from a business owner and investor. Apparently in 2015 he’s blog got 34 million page views. Trust us, you’re not going to regret being the 34 million + 1 user that gets to read his essays.
Hope you find this must-read list of programming blogs very useful and if you also have your own favorite programming blogger or vlogger, please don’t hesitate to tell us about them!