This year I wanted to make a commitment to listen to more development podcasts to help level up my developer knowledge. These are a quick list of the 5 that I’ve landed on.
I’ve put a quick synopsis for these developer podcasts in a small list (in no particular order) to give you an idea of what they talk about. I hope you enjoy and find these helpful!
Software Engineering Radio
If you want to listen to some age-old wisdom, I feel like this podcast does a great job. Instead of being about a particular language or workflow, it’s definitely more about engineering in general (as the name suggests).
Get ready to enjoy some pragmatic advice from industry leaders at Microsoft, Google, and other titans of tech. The format is usually interview-based.
One thing I should mention: the podcast sometimes is about stuff that don’t relate to web developers in the traditional sense (think massive data structuring or system engineering). But there’s enough relevant stuff to warrant a spot on this list.
ShopTalk Show Podcast
This podcast is by far one of my favorites, and is hosted by the well known Chris Coyer and Dave Rupert. As such, it focuses more on front-end development and best practices, but also includes occasional interviews for deeper study
The format is very loose and fun to listen to, and includes forum-style questions that both Chris and Dave talk over and answer.
Front-End Happy Hour Podcast
This is a great podcast for anyone looking to be exposed to new front-end technologies. The discussion is very panel-based, so it does offer some great conversation and varying opinions on current methodologies and workflows.
My only caveat, however, is that it’s not family-friendly (don’t play it in the car when you’re driving your kids around), and the alcohol-focus seems a bit over-the-top (the panel has to take a drink each time a pre-chosen keyword is mentioned). Also, the panel seems a bit lacking in terms of diversity (mostly employees from Netflix, Evernote, and LinkedIn).
If you can get past these (admittedly small) issues, it’s a great podcast and one I recommend.
What Are You Listening To?
There you go — now go subscribe! Which developer podcasts are you listening to that I haven’t listed? Put it in the comments for others (and me) to check out!