Youtube is a common source for formally trained or self-taught developers to upskill. From filling in small gaps in knowledge to mastering entirely new concepts, there is a video out there for it. If the majority of your time on Youtube is spent as a leisure activity, you may find it useful to subscribe to any of the following channels to squeeze some learning into your day. The best developers are constantly learning, as little as 20 minutes spent per day investing in your craft can make a worlds difference.
The great thing about Youtube tutorials is that they aren’t just databases of boring tutorials. The best channels strike a balance between joyful encouragement and informative clarity. They make you feel fantastic about learning to program and often will feel more like a recreational show than a lecture. Of course, if you do prefer the direct lesson approach, there is plenty of content embodying that style as well. Here’s 5 channels I’d recommend!
1. Dev Tips
Dev Tips was originally created and raised by the inspiring Travis Neilson, here’s a video any aspiring developer should watch before following this channel, ‘Advice and Crap for Young Creators‘ However, after his departure in 2018, the reigns were given to the equally knowledgeable and entertaining David Jurelius and Mattias Petter Johansson (MPJ) from ‘Fun Fun Function.’ Since then the channel has progressed from strength to strength, the trend in their recent videos are paired development sessions taking on new computer programs, concepts and frameworks. The motto driving 2019’s content has been ‘Failing Together,’ which adds a refreshing display of realism to their content. The viewer gets to experience the entire development journey, with all failures, problem solves and eventual or partial success included.
2. Fun Fun Function
Thenewboston is a legendary channel of computer related tutorials that is now over a decade old. Therefore, most of its videos do take the traditional form of screensharing and direct explanation. This channel is an abundance of programming series, fit for beginners and experienced users alike. All series are split into comprehensible segments full of detailed explanation. However, the only negative about this channel is that it is currently sitting stagnant, so if you’re looking for tutorials containing recent technology, you won’t find any here. Instead use this channel as a past reference if you ever need to remind yourself of coding processes and fundamentals.
There’s my recommended list of Youtube channels for the eternally learning developer. The best thing about Youtube is the variation involved. There is a programming personality out there for everyone, whether you want a conversational journey or a straightforward lesson. The important aspect is that you are in a clear headspace when consuming Youtube content and are not inviting unnecessary stress. Ensure you give yourself adequate downtime outside of developing, as it will result in greater productivity and consistency when refining your craft.
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