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What are your favourite dev resources?

glennmen profile image Glenn Carremans ใƒป1 min read

We as developers are lucky to have tons of resources out there that can help us, maybe even too many. I would like to know what are some of the resources that you use most of the time.

For me I will list here some of the resources that I use, please add yours in the comments.

General searching, any language/framework:

Android (I mostly work on native Android applications):

PHP/Laravel (I sometimes work in PHP and most projects are with Laravel):

  • PHP.net, official documentation for PHP
  • Laravel, official documentation for the Laravel framework
  • Laracasts, community forum for Laravel and Laravel related topics

Server related documentation:


With the information gathered from this post I will make a follow up post that I think will speed up (basic) searching on your favourite resources.

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Glenn Carremans

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Native Android developer/Consultant for Appwise, I work on custom projects for clients. PHP/JS (web) developer in my freetime. Trying to keep learning in an ever changing tech world.

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dev.to, of course. You never know what new information you may find here. :)

Here's my go-to dev resources:

Also, I'm just going to shamelessly plug my recent project Freebies Hunt here which is basically awesome but personally curated by yours truly. ๐Ÿ˜…

 

Of course DEV! I learned a lot of things since I discovered this awesome community.

Very interesting list, I will check some of them out.

Cool project, maybe I can add a couple of missing resources ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 

Awesome stuff you got there at Freebies Hunt sir!

 

Thanks! Hope you find some useful stuff in there! :)

 

My own code ๐Ÿ˜… I sometimes come across problems that I've solved before. For instance, this week I thought "it would be cool if there was a class that handles all the email stuff" and turns out, I had written that in some code ages ago!

 

Good point. I have a BitBucket full of experiments and half finished projects where i often find sollutions to things in current projects :)

 

Haha! True! I want to do something and I remember.. I've done this before.. And there goes copy -> paste -> modify ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

I have had this a couple of times before but I think I need to write more code ๐Ÿ˜‚ very cool

 

The Rust Book
The Rust Cookbook

Both invaluable references for Rust development, especially beginners.

 

I don't have any experience in Rust but thanks for sharing these resources, they look very detailed.

 

I found Reddit quite useful because the discussions are strongly related to production. My preferred channels:
webdev
FullStack
gatsbyjs

Cheers!

 

I have never really used Reddit (maybe I am the only one lol) but I see lots of people sharing interesting subreddits so might need to check a couple of them.

 

Nope. I do not use Reddit either. I occasionally go there if there is something interesting. But I try to avoid it.

It has always seemed toxic to me.

Indeed, the community sometimes is more focused on critics, on Reddit.

 

Apart from dev.to:

  • a couple of weekly newsletters. I love Ruby Weekly. There are more of them on other dev topics.
  • books. I have a huge list to read, here's a part of it
  • twitter. I cleaned up my feed, so most of it is useful in terms of learning or finding out of new stuff (I mostly use other sites to waste my time :)
  • podcasts (One day I'll make a list of those I listen to)
  • reading code (e.g. of opensource projects on github)
  • I also like Stephen Grider's Udemy courses, but I only learn from them occasionally
 

Thanks for thinking out of the box and sharing resources besides websites ๐Ÿ˜„indeed there are lots of other mediums that we can use to gain knowledge.

 

I have a lot of resources. I stick with the high quality ones though.

Here is my PHP resources.

Must say, gotta love it when websites have beautiful UI and UX without the need of JavaScript, looking at Stitcher and PHP the Right Way. <3

I also follow EFF and Information Security Handbook closely.

 

Thanks for sharing! PHP: The Right Way looks very interesting, will check it out.

 

References / learning:

  • MDN - Go to resource for anything web related.
  • CSS-Tricks - Extremely useful for CSS techniques and such.
  • Google web fundamentals - Great resource on multiple topics for web development and technologies.
  • Documentation website for specific technologies. E.g. React.
  • Frontend Masters - Great courses on front end development.
  • Udemy - Has some great courses for learning.

Questions:

  • Stack Overflow - Very useful for finding the answers to questions.
  • Google - Very useful for anything you want to know or even to search for topics in the resources above.

Other:

 

Since you work on Android:

These will keep you busy. Careful with the impostor syndrome though, because there's a truckload of information being published every day :P

 

Oh yeah I am subscribed to the Android Weekly newsletter, very interesting stuff every time.
The others are new to me, thanks for sharing.

 

I have to say Google, but perhaps thatโ€™s too obvious. I do consider that being able to search for and find solutions is a skill that is learned and honed. Thatโ€™s always where I start.

Second is Github. Looking for my own past solutions and/or solutions from the organizations Iโ€™m apart of. Great way to ensure that youโ€™re staying consistent.

 
 

All the documentationz and downloaded into Dash for offline and alfred integrations:

Alfred example

 

MDN Docs, I find myself going to these constantly.

 

I have used those docs a couple of times, especially for newer things that might not be supported in every browser yet but in general I always end up on Stack Overflow.

 

DevDocs extension on my local, especially when I don't have internet.. It's just awesome. I hope they add RxJS documentation to it soonest

 

At least for Flutter the docs and the code it self is very well written to understand the ongoings

 

I recently came across refactoring.guru/
It's a clear, but fun place to teach you about code smells and how to avoid them.

 

I love how they build their website! Looks very interesting to go through.

 

Here are the ressources I use on a daily basis:

 

For react and other js related things robinwieruch.de

 

Very cool concept of having all his blog posts on Github so people can improve them or make their own blog posts on his site.

 

Dash/ Kapeli for docs.
MDN for examples .
I like to use YouTube.
Last resort is StackOverflow

 

Definitively regex101.com for regexes. Time savior!

 

I have actually used that site last week ๐Ÿ˜‚it really helped me a lot with testing my regex against different strings.