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Erick Bongo
Erick Bongo
8,539 Points

Where to find latest websites, web tech, trends, software.

Hi,

Does anyone know some good places where I can discover the latest websites, web tech, trends and software ?

The reason I ask is that it seems there are always new things being created or in creation that are web / software related but it can take years until they hit the main stream. A good example would be SecondLife, it had been around for years until I ever first heard about it, the same can be said for Bitcoin, Facebook, Youtube etc, I often wonder how did the first users of these products discover them and where did they find out about them. I assume there must be some good resources out there to keep up with this sort of stuff and if anyone could point me to some that would be a great help.

5 Answers

I'm sure there's plenty out there but for general trends, interesting bits of things and news and not all necessarily tech I check boingboing.net daily (also lifehacker.com for interesting new software and web tools etc but doesn't really help too much with trends). I need to build up my own reading list really but it's looking for a variety of sources that are in different areas that are the best bet I think. I look forward to seeing other responses.

Jeesun Kim
Jeesun Kim
4,866 Points

I get the latest information of websites, web tech, trends and software via twitter. Just follow the right people.

Aaron Walton
Aaron Walton
3,557 Points

Front end: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ http://css-tricks.com/

I haven't really found a good website that keeps up with server side stuff.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

That's mainly due to historical reasons ...

Historically web designers have been a pretty trend following bunch, traditional developers not so much.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

I'd recommend you check out a list apart once a week and otherwise don't really worry about "trying to keep up".

Here's some great advice:

So where am I getting at? How does one become successful in web development these days? Focus, my friend.

Stop trying to learn every single language, stop taking on every project regardless of the skills required, and stop trying to keep up with every single thing out there. You’ll waste your life trying to keep up. Always be learning – but don’t spend every waking minute chasing what’s new.

from: http://www.amberweinberg.com/just-plain-ol-code/

Erick Bongo
Erick Bongo
8,539 Points

Thanks for all the replys, I've checked out each of the sites recommended and there's some great stuff there so thanks.

Jeesum, who are some of the people you follow ?

Thanks for that article James, it's a good read. Sometimes I have felt overwhelmed with the amount of stuff there is to learn. There was a stage where I was finding it difficult to learn and remember each subject I was learning. Having quickly started with html, then learning css, then learning php, then jumping into word press, I found that by the time i had finished one subject I had forgotten how to use the others and then each subject would open up another hole of technologies etc which would require further study. I feel more settled now though, I am trying to develop a real understanding of html, css & java-script and just sticking with those until I feel I have a solid understanding

Apart from just front-end trends am also interested in web / software trends in general, such as what new stuff is about, who are the new up and coming promising start-ups etc, what new websites are out there.

Andrew & Aaron, I recently started using reddit and it has some good stuff on there if you check out the Technology / programming related sub forums there may be some stuff of interest.