10 Top Web Development Resources
January 30, 2015
Web development is a fast paced business and if you want to stay on top of your game, you need to keep learning, adapting and moving forward. So at Cornerstone Digital, we have put together a list of 10 top resources for both the beginner and veteran developer, resources that will keep you ahead of the pack in the coming year.
- Stackoverflow: This is a great site that allows anyone to ask a question related to web development and to receive a fast response from developers around the world. One of the best things about this site is that it is not a chat room or a discussion forum – it is solely designed as a Q&A site. This site is great for asking about specific programming problems, software algorithms, coding techniques and software development tools.
- Dribble: This is a community site where web designers, graphic designers, illustrators and other creative designers can share and showcase their current projects. You can search for particular designers by location, availability and skillset and they even have a searchable listing of jobs. One of the best things about this website is that you can check out other designer’s projects, to help inspire your current work or lead you into a whole new direction.
- Smashing Magazine: This is a site for professional web developers and designers and is a great way to keep up-to-date with all the latest trends and techniques in the industry. The site is a blog format covering topics such as coding, design, mobile applications, graphics, UX design and WordPress. The great thing about this site is the massive amount of reviews written by highly experienced web developers – just dipping into this site once a week will keep you on your toes.
- CSS-Tricks: Originally focusing on CSS, this site has evolved into a fix for a wide range of topics on web development and design. Information is presented in blog format, but there is also an open forum where you can ask your design or web development questions and receive answers from other forum members. There are also an impressive range of educational, how-to videos available to members for less than $20 per month and a job board which is open to anyone to peruse.
- Alistapart: This is a general blog dedicated to exploring web design and development with a focus on web standards and best practices. Topics covered include coding, hacks and workarounds, content strategy, web layouts and typography, working with clients, deadlines and UX. The great thing about this website is the broad scope of their content and that it even includes topics on how to run your business, patents and copyrighting etc.
- Icomoon: This site is dedicated to providing the best iconography and icon management tools on the internet. You can build and use your own icon sets in a variety of different formats and they have over 4000 free and open source icons available. They also offer icon packs for purchase, and font and SVG hosting, as well as a very informative blog.
- Nth-test: This is a handy one page site that lets you test out your CSS nth-child and nth-of-type.
- Tutsplus: This is a tutorial site that offers video courses and written tutorials where you can learn coding, design, illustration, game development and much more. All of the tutorials are free, however you do have to purchase their courses. They have hundreds of tutorials and courses available and these are a great way to hone your skills and learn something new.
- PXtoEM: Another small site that packs a big punch. Here you can quickly convert pixels to EMs, then copy the CSS and you are good to go.
- Google Fonts: Make use of the hundreds of additional fonts supplied free by Google to enhance your websites. These fonts are an easy way to add another level of customisation to your client’s websites and they have the added bonus of always being automatically updated.
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