4 Web Development Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Here's a list of podcasts that are queued up for my drives:
From the authors: "Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski are two full stack web developers who like to break down complex topics and make them easy to understand."
From the authors: "Interviews and news about React hosted by Michael Jackson. The React Podcast covers everything React.js and is hosted by Michael Jackson, the founder of React Training and co-author of React Router."
The React Podcast, like it's name might suggest, is the podcast to listen to for all things React. It is the best React-focused podcast that I've been able to find to-date and has the best guests, many of which are from the React core team. The host, Michael Jackson, runs training workshops on React and thus is a knowledgable host on the topic. I started to list out the notable guests that have been on the podcast thus far but then realized that it would be hard to leave any out. The podcast started at the beginning of 2018 and hasn't been running very long. Here's hoping that Michael keeps this going and make sure to tune in!
From the authors: "A weekly discussion among React developers"
From the authors: "React Native Radio Podcast"
While not purely focused on React, the React Native Radio Podcast does have a lot of content that ties over well into the world of React. Additionally, as a React developer, I am always interested to hear the challenges being tackled in the mobile world. If I ever start working on a mobile application, this podcast will have prepared me well for many approaches to common problems. There is also some good React, GraphQL, and tooling content scattered across this podcast. Nader Dabit is the main host on the show and they are about to hit their 100th episode soon. Lots of quality content to go through.
From the authors: "Join the monthly podcast about the GraphQL ecosystem. We invite experts and developers to talk about their experiences with GraphQL."
The audio quality for this podcast is often quite poor and therefore it requires that I be a bit more determined to grimace through. It also hasn't been very active recently in releasing new content. That being said, if you are interested in learning GraphQL, there are worthwhile shows in the archives to dig through.
From the authors: "A show all about the JAMstack, a new way to build fast & secure apps or websites."
From the authors: "A podcast for developers interested in building great software products. Every episode, Adam Wathan is joined by a guest to talk about everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration."
A bit more of a full stack flavor is great from time to time. This podcast has turned pretty Vue heavy recently (which I don't mind but am not as interested in at the movement). Adam Wathan does a great job at hosting, asking interesting questions to his guests, and providing great content. Definitely worth a try!
Podcast Player of Choice
At the beginning of my foray into the world of podcasts, I used the default podcasts app on my iPhone. I later learned about the advantages of listening to the podcasts at faster speed settings and started to search for a better application to listen on. Overcast has become my podcast player of choice. There are some great reviews about Overcast and I couldn't agree more after using it for the past 8 or 9 months. One of the best features of Overcast is it's Smart Speed setting which shortens silences in the audio without any distortion. According to the app, Smart Speed has so far saved me an extra 10 hours beyond speed adjustments alone in my time using Overcast. Smart Speed combined with an play speed around 1.6x allows me to fly through podcasts while being able to fully comprehend what is being discussed. However, if you are an Android user, you're out of luck with Overcast as it is offered on iOS only but I am sure that Android has some worthy podcast players as well.
Find what brings you benefit
In conclusion, my best advice on podcasts would be: find what brings you benefit. You might not get the same benefit from these podcasts that I do. Your learning style might not be audio at all, and at that point I would suggest you don't listen to any of these podcast recommendations. However, I strongly believe that every web developer can find some helpful content in the podcasts recommended above. Download one or two that has a topic that interests you and see how you like it. Keep learning and finding new ways to learn!