Top 5 Tech Resources to Keep Your Technical Skills Sharp

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The technology sector moves fast and new stuff gets released constantly. It can be hard to keep up, especially if you're newer to the industry. To help you, I've put together what I believe to be the top 5 tech resources in 2021.

Using just these five resources, you will be reading the highest quality technical and non-technical content and is everything you need to stay up-to-date with the technology industry.

These resources cover every tech area, not only specific fields like web development.

Without further ado, let's see the resources!

1. Blogging platforms

I want to recommend blogging platforms rather than individual blogs. Why? If I recommend only one blog, I'll limit you to that blog. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when I recommend a blogging platform, I give you the freedom to discover blogs based on your personal interests and goals.

I also like to leverage these platforms when there is a specific topic I'm wanting to dig more into and learn more about it.

I recommend your focus on three blogging platforms, in particular:

  1. freeCodeCamp
  2. Hashnode
  3. HackerNoon

The reason for choosing these three platforms is because of the high-quality of articles on these platforms.

However, I should point out that this is one of the more time consuming suggestions and definitely more so than the other resources in this post so if you're super short on time and just want someone else curation the best posts and resources for you, I'd recommend that you prioritize #2, #3, and #5 on this list. And when there is a specific topic you're really interested in, come back to these platforms.

Hashnode

Hashnode

Hashnode is a great blogging platform to read technical content. In addition to freeCodeCamp and Hackernoon, I use Hashnode to get all the information I need.

There are a plethora of authors on Hashnode from all tech fields. Whatever you want to read, the chances are that there is an article about it.

The thing I enjoy the most with Hashnode is that I discover new authors daily. So, what's good about that? New authors mean new perspectives and more information. On Hashnode, you can create a blog and publish articles within minutes. That means you can find lots of authors and technical content.

Also, they have moderators for tags to ensure the quality of the articles is high. Thus, it's a great platform to consume technical content and learn new things!

Note: Before going further, I want to mention that they rolled out a new feature that allows you to listen to an article. That means you can consume it like a podcast and listen to it everywhere. It is a super useful feature and time-saving as well!

freeCodeCamp

freeCodeCamp

One of my favourite blogging platforms is freeCodeCamp because of their high-quality articles. The authors on freeCodeCamp are trusty developers because they have to apply to write on the platform. That means they go through an interview-like process.

Additionally, every article goes through their editing team. That means that you can trust the articles to be high quality. Therefore, freeCodeCamp is a platform you can use with 100% confidence to read technical content.

By the way, if you are interested in starting your own developer blog and don't already have your own audience, check out my post where I help you decide the best blogging platforms to use in 2021.

HackerNoon

Hackernoon

HackerNoon is another blogging platform which I use to consume technical content. Similarly to freeCodecamp, they have an editing team which checks each article before it's published.

That means you can be assured the articles are accurate, professional, informative and high-quality. Otherwise, they get rejected by the editing team. Besides that, they have ~12,000 developers that write tech stories and tutorials. They've definitely built up a large backlog of quality technical and non-technical content.


Other notable mentions:

  • Dev To
  • Medium
  • Substack

2. News aggregators

daily dev

Having a lot of information available is both a blessing and a curse. The benefit is that you always have options to choose from. The curse is that you do not know what to choose. This can lead to the Paradox of choice. However, it does not have to be like that. There are ways we can curate information and get only the content that interests us.

This is where daily.dev comes to the rescue. Daily.dev is a Chrome/Firefox extension which curates and provides you with the best programming news. How does it work? You install the extension and instead of having the blank new tab you probably have right now, you will have a screen with tech news from trusted sources.

daily dev - homepage screenshot

The screenshot above illustrates an example from Chrome. Articles can also be upvoted and commented on so you know that all you're seeing is the top articles.

They really make it easier to stay up to date with the technology world and is the only news aggregator I use. It saves me time and has delivered me countless of articles I wouldn't have found otherwise.

3. Email newsletters

Subscribing to newsletters is an excellent way to get lots of valuable information to your email. Most of the newsletters curate the best content in tech and deliver it to your inbox. That is, they do all the work for you. You just need to open the resources and enjoy them!

However, there are many newsletters and it can be challenging to find the right ones. Nobody wants spam in their inbox, right? Thus, in this section, I've provided you with my personal list of some of the most valuable, information-rich newsletters that I've come across and subscribe to, in no particular order:

  • CSS-Tricks => Do not be fooled by the name; CSS-Tricks is more than just CSS tricks. They send valuable content, such as short articles, and they also include links to useful resources. There's good reason that it's one of the most popular web development email newsletters.
  • Zero to Mastery => ZTM actually has three monthly newsletters (Web Developer Monthly, Python Monthly, Machine Learning Monthly). All of them are bacially a curation of the most interesting and important articles, news, resources, podcasts and videos from the previous month. Web Developer Monthly and Python Monthly are curated and written my ZTM Founder & Lead Instructor, Andrei Neagoie and Machine Learning Monthly is written by Machine Learning Instructor, Daniel Bourke. This truly isn't biased just because ZTM was willing to cross-post this blog, I am genuinely subscribed and have gotten a ton of value from their newsletters. They post all of the previous editions on their developer blog so I highly recommend you check them out for yourself.
  • TLDR => This is a daily, curated newsletter with links and "TLDRs" (too long didn't read) of the most exciting stories in the tech scene. I like how the newsletter is laid out and the information they ship out. They cover topics such as big tech & startups, science & futuristic technology, programming, design, data science, and miscellaneous news. I guarantee that you find something interesting in all editions.
  • freeCodeCamp => It's likely you already know the great work they are doing and second time I've mentioned them. Quincy Larson, the founder, shares top articles from their platform in this newsletter. Worth subscribing!
  • Mastering JS Weekly => If you are a web developer, especially if you are using JavaScript, you want to subscribe to this newsletter. They talk a lot about JavaScript in the newsletter but they also talk about topics such as DevOps.
  • Pointer => The Pointer newsletter is a bit different; in a good way. It covers topics such as soft skills in software engineering. Soft skills are often overlooked in tech and I believe that is a big mistake. I would argue that they are more important than technical skills. Pointer also includes lots of resources, making it a great newsletter to add to your list!
  • Bytes => The newsletter is an aggregation of articles from the tech community. It includes programming quizzes, news from the tech world, links to useful articles and more. It's a well-rounded newsletter, with lots of great information.

These are the main newsletters I recommend. I would rather subscribe to a handful of quality newsletters rather than a dozen of average newsletters. Focusing on just a few means you have time to actually read them.

With that being said, these are top tech newsletters that I'd recommend as a great way to stay up-to-date with tech scene and learn new things.

4. Reddit

Reddit is a gold mine when used properly. You can find so much valuable content on the platform. Besides the content, people share lots of useful resources as well.

Let's say you're interested in the field of Data Science for example. There are a ton of awesome subreddits you can join, such as:

... and many more. These are just a handful of examples, but there are way more subreddits. The purpose is not to list all the available Data Science subreddits. The aim is to show you how much technical content you can find on Reddit, depending on what you're looking for and are interested in.

Reddit is a great place to find technical content, whatever the field! Some of the content is written directly on Reddit as well as links to other resources/content outside the platform.

One of the best parts that differentiates Reddit from the other resources on this list (except maybe social media as well) is the lively and passionate discussion that takes place.

5. Social media

Social media platforms are great to stay up-to-date but there can also be a lot of noise and lead to a lot of wasted time so you do need to be careful and be selective about who you follow. That said, there is an endless number of accounts you can follow to get the latest news from the tech world. Some social media accounts I think worth following are:

These are the accounts I recommend when you want to find new information or to learn something new. Of course, the list is not exhaustive, and there are many other useful accounts.

Conclusion

The is not an exhaustive of all the resources out there. However, these are the resources I personally use and recommend to anyone who wants to find and read great technical and non-technical content that can help them stay up-to-date with the tech industry.

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