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    Seven best web development blogs according to Bird developers

    Andrea Hesler

    Senior Marketing Manager, responsible for all things content. When she's not working on organic marketing efforts, she enjoys watching documentaries.

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    March 3, 2022
    Seven best web development blogs according to Bird developers

    If you're a web developer, chances are you enjoy reading blogs about web development. But with so many great ones out there, it can be hard to know which ones to read. And we know because we read tons on design, development, productivity, and more. That's why we have asked our developers to list down their favorite web development blogs. These are the blogs they turn to for inspiration, ideas, and advice. Here are their top picks!

    1.  Swizec Teller's blog

    Swizec is a Senior Software Engineer at a cutting-edge healthcare company for women as well as a speaker, instructor, and author. He writes about JavaScript, ReactJS, or any other technologies that help coders turn into high-value experts. He created the course React for Data Viz and wrote the Senior Mindset series and the Serverless Handbook for Frontend Engineers.

    Quote from Bird software engineer Daniel on Swizec Teller's blog

    2. Shawn "Swyx" Wang’s blog

    Best known for being a #LearnInPublic evangelist, Shawn is a prolific blogger who goes under the pseudonym "swyx". As a dev advocate, he is also a frequent speaker in web dev communities like Svelte Society, /r/reactjs, and the React TypeScript Cheatsheet. He blogs about React, JavaScript and the future of the Web. His nontechnical writing was recently published in the Coding Career Handbook for Junior to Senior developers.

    3. Nicolás Bevacqua’s Pony Foo blog

    A consultant, speaker, blogger and author of JavaScript Application Design, open-source evangelist Nicolás founded Pony Foo in early 2013. He writes about the current state of the web, leveraging web performance optimization, sane build processes, the importance of progressive enhancement, and improving quality in applications with modular design.

    4. Moxie Marlinspike’s blog

    Moxie is a security researcher best known for creating Signal and many other security and cryptography-related inventions. His site is a partial collection of projects he's worked on, software he has published, and his writing. His blog revolves around computer security and software development, particularly in secure protocols, cryptography, privacy, and anonymity. Our cofounder and CTO Francisco describes Moxie's writing as "quality over quantity." Here's what else he had to say:

    Quote from Bird cofounder and CTO Francisco on Moxie Marlinspike's blog

    5. Tim Daubenschütz's website

    An l33t haxx0r, member of the Social Dist0rtion Protocol collective, and founder at Rug Pull Index, Tim’s site enables you to check out his projects and writing on cryptocurrencies, governance, and building software. Our developer Daniel said, “Tim’s a fellow developer from Berlin (also with an accompanying newsletter!), writing about crypto and stuff worth reading.”

    6. Julia Evan’s blog

    Julia is a software developer, speaker, and author of programming zines called Wizard Zines. Julia blogs about what she has struggled with, showing how topics traditionally considered "hard" and scary can actually be accessed, interesting or even fun. With her blog, Julia explores alternative ways to teach hard concepts. Here’s a quick link to subscribe to a weekly digest of her 10 most recent blog posts.

    7. Hacker News' Top Posts

    Not a blog, but we’re closing our list with a great platform to stay in the know: YCombinator’s Hacker News, the VC’s own news aggregator. Intentionally simple, Hacker News offers a dynamic list of links submitted by users, which expands as its own unique thread — similar to Reddit, except new users cannot downvote (a means to stop manipulation).

    Topics posted here mainly focus on programming, developing, and tech. Here’s a tip from our CTO Francisco to spend less time each week on staying reasonably current with the latest news out there.

    Quote from Bird cofounder and CTO Francisco on Hacker News' Top Post saving himtime to catch up on what's happening in the industry

    Bonus: Jonathan Blow

    Yes, yes. We know that this is not a blog just like us including Hacker News' top posts. However, we thought that Jonathan's content was worth including as his talks related to programming are influential, albeit controversial at times.

    Best known as the creator of the independent video games Braid and The Witness, Jonathan is a video game designer and programmer. Nowadays, Jonathan posts content mainly on Youtube. Here are some of our favorites for you to get started:

    Wrapping up

    So, there you have it – a list of the best web development blogs according to our developers. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do!  If we didn’t mention your favorite blog, please share it with us over Twitter. The more knowledgeable we all are about web development, the better off we’ll be. Happy reading!

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