If you are a web developer like myself, you are always working on your professional growth. There are many tools you can use to grow your career. Podcasts are a great tool for when you do not have the opportunity to sit and read. Such as when you are walking/driving to work, exercising or waiting for your code to compile. When I find myself in one of those situations here are five of the podcasts I listen to.
In this podcast host Matt Stauffer discusses development related topics. From Continuous Integration to Not being a Jerk and everything between. To quotes Matt's tagline “If it’s geeky it fits”. As the title indicates, each episode (twice weekly) is only 5 to 10 minutes in length. Perfect for when you have a few free minutes.
Host Jonathan Cutrell focuses each episode on a topic related to developer career growth. Ranging from the importance of focus to how to manage a big project. This is another podcast with short episodes that are between 10 to 20 minutes. Making them an easy listen during your “tea break”.
Each episode host Adam Wathan and a guest spend an hour discussing all aspects of building software. With topics from BDD testing to growing your client base. Each one provides useful insight into what it takes to be successful. Prompting developers to go beyond just the code. Providing insights about what else it takes to be successful.
Hosts Per Axbom and James Royal-Lawson seek to "breakdown digital silos" in this user experience focused podcast. Covering topics from gamification to architecting information. This is another podcast that covers many aspects of business and technology. Providing new insights and perspectives for developers. Episodes are about an hour in length.
In each episode host Ben Orenstein and a guest talk about software building. With topics ranging from Polymorphism vs. Conditionals to diversity in the tech community. Some episodes can be very specific to experiences at ThoughtBot. But, each one explores the technical aspects of design, development, business and software. Episodes range between forty-five minutes to an hour.
If you are a web developer, I encourage you to give one of these podcasts a listen. I find that each one offers something different to help your professional career growth.