Resources for Learning and getting involved with Technology

When I decided to start a blog in 2012, I never would have thought it would inspire me to go down a different path altogether. Writing, designing, and managing a website sounded like fun, but I had no idea where to begin.

Then one fateful day, (read: after a successful Google search) I stumbled upon a few helpful gems of educational online goodness. What follows in this post is my non-exhaustive list of online tech communities and resources that I’ve followed over the past couple of years.

They make learning to code feel less isolating - especially when testing a new idea or troubleshooting a tricky block of code.

Twitter Chats and Podcasts

CodeNewbie a weekly Twitter chat and podcast featuring people from all technical levels, learning to code, software and tech enthusiasts and the like. Follow them on Twitter @codenewbies for updates.

BLACKandSTEM is a great community on Twitter of STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) followers, professionals and advocates. It hosts a Twitter chat every Thursday featuring discussion questions and topics geared towards the STEAM communities.

Digital Undivided is an community that provides support, encouragement, and educational resources for both established and aspiring startups and entrepreneurial minded people. Follow Digital Undivided on twitter for their weekly tech talks via the hashtag #didtechtalk.

Hack Summit is a virtual tech conference which features talks from some of the most influential members in the tech community. The first ever Hack Summit was last year in December 2015. I was geeked! Follow @hack_summit updates on Twitter and sign up for the hack pledge to mentor other programmers.

Scott Hanselman is a programmer, teacher, speaker, and hosts three podcasts. All of Scott’s podcasts are great. I subscribe particularly to Hanselminutes which features interviews of guests from a variety of different backgrounds in technology. One can easily spend a weekend afternoon listening to the Hanselminutes podcast archives.

Courses and Tutorials

Edx.org is a free online tutorials web developer and programming language tutorials. I use this to understand the basic syntax and logic of a programming language.

Treehouse - this is my affiliate link - is an online learning for front-end web development and web design technologies, learn to program, or up-skill your current abilities. Built web apps, websites and software. Tutorials and workshops are updated (or added) almost daily, student forum support for questions or posting topics, and ability to track your learning progress through courses. Also has student meetups on Meetup.com.

Publications on the Web

A List Apart a web publication catered to the web development and web design community. Read about best practices, more resources, and trending topics in user experience and development.

HTML, CSS and JavaScript Tutorials

Shay Howe’s supremely helpful tutorials explain how to create website structure and layouts using HTML and CSS – from the simple to the intermediate.

CSS Tricks is a blog and forum for perusing helpful tips (and tricks) when writing CSS. Honestly, you can Google just about anything regarding CSS and CSS Tricks will be among the search results.

updated October 2017


About the author.

Cynthia L. Wright is a frontend developer, writer, and stick-figure artist. When she's not writing or coding, she enjoys traveling, video games, reading, and learning how to draw things.


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