If you’re a developer, you know that keeping up with the speed of our industry can feel overwhelming. Here’s a list of the front-end development resources I rely on to stay up-to-date. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are particularly good, in my opinion.
Bi-weekly collection of all-around development articles, topics include CSS, JS, design, UI & UX.
Daily email with 5 links related to design, development & tech.
Weekly list of responsive design links, includes interviews, tutorials & libraries.
Weekly email from Rachel Andrew with news, tutorials, case studies and articles about CSS Grid, Flexbox and other layout techniques.
Weekly email with from Val Head UI animation inspiration & tutorials.
Weekly email with from Rachel Nabors UI animation inspiration & tutorials.
Weekly email with front-end links about HTML, CSS, JS, fonts, UI/UX, and more! (Curated by me!)
Sass News](http://sass.news/) #
Weekly email of Sass-related links, includes articles, tutorials, & events.
Sass News is no longer active.
Weekly email of CSS links, includes tutorials, articles & CSS3 advances.
Weekly email, includes HTML, CSS, pre-processors & JS.
Weekly list of HTML5 links, includes spec discussions, polyfills & job postings.
Weekly list of JS links, includes browser API news, tutorials, and polyfills.
Weekly list of WordPress links, includes news, tutorials, themes & plugins.
Articles and tutorials in the following topics: coding, design, mobile, graphics, UX design & WordPress.
All about CSS, written by Chris Coyier and a number of industry-expert guest authors.
Brad Frost writes great articles on content-first, responsive web design.
Articles and tutorials on a wide range of topics including code, content, design & business.
Harry Roberts’ blog on CSS best practices.
Articles on a wide variety of topics, including several languages (HTML, CSS/Sass, JS, PHP, Ruby), WordPress, UX & design. I’ve written for SitePoint.
Articles and tutorials, primarily covering JS & CSS topics.
Helpful articles and tutorials on solving common development problems.
Web developers with a penchant for typography should read this blog.
Practical case studies for using web fonts well.
James Steinbach Blog* #
Oh right, you’re already here. I write about CSS/Sass, WordPress and other front-end topics.
Reference Sites #
If you haven’t blocked w3schools from your search results, please do. Instead, use MDN. It’s a fantastic resource for looking up almost anything in HTML, CSS & JS and getting an accurate, organized description of what it does.
Look up any CSS property and get a useful description of what values it takes and what it does.
This is a great guideline for writing clean, maintainable CSS. It’s a guideline, not a law, but in my opinion, it’s largely worth following.
Just like CSS Guidelines, but for Sass.
Look up any CSS, HTML5, SVG or browser API property and see what browsers support it (and which ones need prefixes or fallbacks).
This introduction to setting up your first website covers all the topics you’ll need: hosting, domains, CMSes and more. It focuses most on WordPress.
Everything you need to know about Sass. I learn something new every time I come here.
Invaluable for WP developers. Get all the details on core functions, actions & filters.
$25/mo. Interactive code challenges to accompany video instruction. Topics include: HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, Ruby, Design, WordPress, iOS, Android & Business.
Free. Write interactive code in the browser as you complete lessons. Topics include: HTML+CSS, JS, jQuery, Python, Ruby & PHP.
$29/mo; $149/yr. Screencast videos, PDFs and courses. Topics include: HTML+CSS, JS, PHP, Ruby, Design+UX, Mobile & Workflow.
$30/mo; $300/yr. Video courses on just about any part of web development imaginable.
$13/mo to stream, $20/mo to download. Four very practical courses: Mobile-First WordPress Development, Site Redesign Workflow, Learn jQuery, Learn SVG.
Sorry, I don’t listen to many dev podcasts. Here are the ones I do occasionally listen to:
Jen Simmons hosts a podcast to help you keep up with the future of web development. There haven’t been new episodes for 3 years, but lots of the content is still quite relevant.
$99/year. Access to several dozen books on great topics: Code, Design, WordPress, Content, Freelancing & Graphics. Subscribing for a year lets you download all previously published books as well as two new books published each month during your subscription (PDF, ePub, Mobi).
Eleven books by industry experts on several useful topics: HTML, CSS, Responsive Design, Content Strategy, Sass, Web Typography & more.
Five Simple Steps* #
Short but immensely practical books on various topics in web development: HTML email, animations, symbol fonts, performance, accessibility & more. Sadly, they’re no longer publishing / selling books, but a few books survived.
They cover all the major (and many minor) languages in their books.
Work in Progress #
I’ll be updating this list as I discover more resources. If you find a link that’s broken or leads somewhere unexpected, please let me know. Thanks!