Best Of: Podcasts for Aspiring Programmers

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When I decided to start learning web development, I took a “total immersion” approach. I listened to programming podcasts at the gym, filled my inbox with web development newsletters, and made HackerNews my homepage. Thinkful’s “Best Of” Series aims to help you do the same, by guiding you to resources that will bring you up to speed with the world of web development and inspire you to keep learning.

This week, we’ll share our favorite podcasts. Topics range from freelancing and business to mobile development! 

Editor’s note: Upon request, here’s an easy-to-remember link to share the podcast love :) bit.ly/thinkcast

Design and Front-end:

The Big Web Show

Host: Jeffrey Zeldman

Zeldman interviews a new guest each episode, covering a variety of tech topics with a particular focus on front-end design.

Boagworld Web Design Show

Hosts: Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington

A web design podcast that’s also “quintessentially British,” this show aims to provide useful information for web designers and developers at a variety of levels.

How to Hold a Pencil

Host: Reuben Ingber

Every week, Reuben interviews a self-taught developer or designer. Each story aims to help people explore different paths towards their programming education. Shout out to Episode 14!

UXPod

Hosts: Gerry Gaffney

Gaffney interviews a new guest each week on topics related to user experience design, website design, and usability.

The Web Ahead

Host: Jen Simmons

A weekly conversation about changing technologies and the future of the web — discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, emerging web standards, and more

ShopTalk Show

Hosts: Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert

Every week, a special guest comes along to share their experiences and opinions on front end web design, development and UX. 

Nitch

Hosts: Jonathan Stark and Kelli Shaver

Stark and Shaver’s podcast focuses on web standards, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, REST, and JSON.

 

General Tech:

The Hanselminutes Podcast

Host: Scott Hanselman

Hanselman bills his show as “Fresh Air for developers,” using interviews to explore a range of software development topics.

CodeNewbie

Host: Saron Yitbarek

CodeNewbie started with a mission to become the most supportive community for anyone learning to code. Saron hosts weekly Twitter chats on @CodeNewbie every Wednesday at 9pm EST. In every episode, a new guest is asked to share their unique programming journey. 

Happy Monday

Hosts: Sarah Parmenter and Josh Long

Parmenter and Long’s smart and humorous conversations bring you up to speed on web technology and business news every Monday.

Coder Radio

Hosts: Chris Fisher and Michael Dominick

One of Jupiter Broadcasting’s many podcasts, this show focuses on software development, from reactions to recent tech news to discussions of tools and technologies.

Web Friends

Host: Garth Braithwaite

Braithwaite interviews designers, developers and others in the web development work, producing laid back yet thought-provoking conversations.

The Non Breaking Space Show

Hosts: Chris EnnsChristopher Schmitt and Sam Kapila

Interviews leaders in the web development and tech industries.

Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots

Host: Ben Orenstein

A weekly podcast discussing topics in software development ranging from technical to business-related.

 

Freelancing and Business:

The Freelance Web

Hosts: Sean Johnson & Liz Elcoate

Johnson and Elcoate focus on the business of being a freelancer in the web industry, providing advice, news and tool suggestions for freelancers.

The Freelancer Show

Hosts: Eric Davis, Curtis McHale, Reuven Lerner, Charles Max Wood

This podcast explores freelancing on the web from a variety of angles through panel discussions and interviews.

Unfinished Business

Hosts: Andrew Clarke

This podcast focuses on the business side of web development, design, and other creative pursuits.

BizCraft

Hosts: Carl Smith and Gene Crawford

BizCraft takes a close look at the business aspects of being a web designer, with a new episode roughly every 2 weeks.

 

Developer Tools:

Build

Host: Sayanee

FFEach screencast focuses on a single tool, walking you through process of building a small project with it. Past topics have included everything from Sublime Text to PhantomJS.

 

JavaScript:

JavaScript Jabber

Hosts: Joe Eames, Aaron FrostCharles Max Wood

This podcast takes the format of a panel discussion, focusing on Javascript frameworks, projects, tools and communities. Last week, they discussed the origins of JavaScript with Brendan Eich!

FiveJS

Hosts: Envy Labs

Envy Labs brings you 5 minutes of the latest in Javascript news every week.

 

Ruby:

Ruby Rogues

Hosts: Avdi Grimm, James Edward GrayCharles Max Wood

A popular podcast that’s been around since 2011, it explores all things Ruby related, with plenty of attention given to Rails and web development.

Ruby5

Hosts: Envy Labs

This biweekly podcasts concisely summarizes the latest news about Ruby, Rails and their communities.

 

Mobile Development:

My Appventure

Host: Scotty Ruth

This podcast takes the unique format of focusing each episode on the work of a single app designer, covering the entire process from design to coding to finding a business model.

Gone Mobile

Host: Greg Shackles and Jonathan Dickh3Greg and Jon explore the the intricacies of cross-platform mobile development, especially using the Xamarin tools.