December 09, 2019
Here is a list of the best newsletters for web developers in 2020.
By best I mean my favorite.
Of the many great newsletters available for web developers, these are the 10 that I find give me a well-rounded perspective on current trends and must-know developments in our field with minimal redundancy and maximal entertainment value.
Note: This post is an update from my Best Newsletters for Web Developers in 2019. The changes? I removed Pony Foo as they took a month-long hiatus in November. While it is still one of the best newsletters out there, I’m reluctant to recommend it if its delivery won’t be consistent in 2020. I also removed Python Weekly, not because it isn’t a great newsletter, but to make room for newsletters that are either more specific to web development.
If you subscribe to only one newsletter, this is it. It’s all here.
TL;DR is a daily dose of tech news curated for web developers. There are of course links to the big stories but also interesting GitHub repos and projects.
Mozilla is killing it lately. The latest Firefox is a big win for both consumers and developers with emphasis on privacy and the new CSS developer tools, respectively. Their newsletter also gets better with each iteration, too.
Pointer tends to address concerns related to management, both inter- and intra- personal. There is something perspective-changing in every issue, no matter where you are in your career trajectory as a web developer.
There is no urgency in reading this newsletter as it is all old news, but it is definitely in the need-to-know category. Each issue is a deep-dive into a ‘forgotten’ history of the web. The issues are always fascinating and always informative.
This understated missive is excellent in its lean curation of high-level, language-agnostic articles on its stated topic. I look forward to its arrival every Sunday morning.
Morning Cup of Coding is a very well-curated, terse list of articles. Most of the topics are not specific to web development. What separates it from the other newsletters on this list is an emphasis on quality writing. Each edition highlights three or four articles on computer science topics that are human-readable. If you’re in the States, you’ll receive this in the afternoon. Timezones bedevil newsletter curators, too!
Last but not least, the newsletter that equips me with memes for Monday. It’s a humorous mix of tweets, videos and GIFs (mostly) related to web development. Educational and entertaining!
What are your best newsletters? Let me know on Twitter @jarednielsen
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