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Sheelah Brennan

Favorite Web Development Podcasts of 2016

Looking back on 2016, I've realized that I've continued to lean on podcasts to help stay up to date on web development trends and best practices.  Here are my favorites for 2016!

  • Shop Talk Show: This one also was in my previous podcast faves list.  I like the varying aspects of front end development and design that they cover. I also always get a chuckle out of the lighthearted humor in this one.
  • Toolsday: This is one of my more recent finds, and there's been some binge listening to catch up.  I always manage to pick up a new development tip or resource from these, and the show duration is generally a very efficient 20 minutes.
  • Front End Happy Hour: This podcast just started this year.  I've gotten some useful tips and tricks from past episodes, which cover a variety of front end and industry topics including web performance, ES6, and attending industry conferences.  It's a bit San Francisco Bay Area-focused at times since all the panelists live there, but that doesn't bother me as a former Bay Area resident.
  • JavaScript Jabber: This is a good pick for those looking to ramp up on JavaScript and learn about some of the new JavaScript libraries and tools that have come out.  There's still so many libraries coming out practically daily so I don't listen to every single episode (who needs to be overwhelmed?), but I like their “picks” section at the end of each episode, where panelists share recent faves – from industry blog posts, to music, to podcasts and TV shows.
  • SVG Immersion: This one is great if you're looking to dig more into SVG, from base understanding to complex animations. There haven't been a lot of episodes this year, but it's worth checking out if you haven't to hear some of the interviews with past guests like Amelia Bellamy-Royds, Val Head, and Sarah Drasner.
  • Soft Skills Engineering: This is not technically a web development podcast but it's well worth checking out if you're interested in growing in the non-tech aspects of your career – communication, deciding whether to specialize your skill set, working with difficult teammates, preparing for tech job interviews, and more.  Highly recommended!

Am I missing some great finds? Share some of your own favorites in the comments 🙂  Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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