Podcasts have become a booming medium for consuming content over the last few years. They’re the perfect medium for tuning out from the world, and also for tuning in a little closer to your industry and learning something along the way.
Recently, we’ve come across (and been featured on) some incredible podcasts in our industry including The Ruby on Rails Podcast and Giant Robots Smashing Into Other Giant Robots.
Here are over a dozen of the best web development podcasts you'll find online in 2019.
Note: This article was originally published in July of 2018. It has been updated to include new podcasts and remove podcasts that have since ended.
The Changelog is a series of conversations with innovators and leaders in the software development world. Currently hosted by Adam Stacoviak and Jerod Santo, this podcast (amazingly) originated way back in 2009, way before podcasts were anywhere near as prominent as they are today. They chat with guests ranging from startup creators to veterans at Fortune 500 companies about technical topics, dev culture, workplace challenges, and more. Episodes range from 50-90 minutes.
Recommended episode: Burnout, open source, Datasette.
Okay, we're a little biased – Maintainable is hosted by Robby Russell, the founder and head of engineering here at Planet Argon. In each episode, Robby speaks with seasoned engineers who have overcome challenges related to technical debt and legacy applications. In an industry that focuses on the latest and greatest technology, this podcast will teach you a little more about how engineering teams operate in the long-run, when working within budgets on evolving (and aging) applications. You can catch Maintainable on iTunes, Stitcher, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts.
Codepen Radio is brought to you by the team behind an app you’ve probably used at some point, Codepen. This podcast covers a wide range of topics that relate to web developers that aren’t language-specific, like internal documentation, attending meetups, project cycles, and project management. I particularly appreciate the time jump links on each episode’s page – if you need to catch a specific part of an episode (or you’re a skipper like me who loves to forward through podcast intros) these cues are helpful. Episodes are generally 30 minutes.
Recommended episode: Saying No.
Allen Underwood, Joe Zack, and Michael Outlaw discuss a broad range of web development topics on their (roughly) weekly podcast, Coding Blocks. They often produce a couple of related episodes on a similar theme (most recently, algorithms) or have a common thread for a few weeks like a book discussion. They aren’t tied to one framework, sometimes discussing higher-level thinking that applies to the web development world as a whole. Episodes broadly range from an hour and a half to just over two hours.
Recommended episode: Docker for Developers
Now that we’ve touched on the longest podcast in this list, let’s move on to the shortest one. Developer Tea is crafted to be just long enough for your daily tea break. The hosts of Developer Tea discuss higher level topics related to programming and theory rather than the code itself – think productivity, gratitude, and cognitive bias. Episodes are released a few times per week and generally range from 5-15 minutes.
Recommended episode: A Bug Story - How Narrative Bias Creates Blind Spots
Hosts Emma Wedekind, Kelly Vaugh, and Ali Spittel bring their unique software development perspectives to a roundtable each week to "debug" the tech industry with Ladybug Podcast. They discuss topics ranging from entrepreneurship to career changes, to impostor sydrome – while also digging into specifics on things like CSS and GraphQL from time to time as well. Episodes range from 25 minutes to just over an hour.
Recommended episode: How to Teach Code
Legacy Code Rocks
We have to shout out another podcast that focuses on existing applications and legacy code. The team at Corgibytes created Legacy Code Rocks, a podcast that highlights menders, not makers. Hear from folks that care about code quality, testing, refactoring, and more.
Recommended episode: Makers and Menders Reprise
Full Stack Radio
Full Stack Radio discusses everything from product design and user experience to unit testing and system administration in the web development realm. Host Adam Wathan sits down with a different guest each week, ranging from startup founders to framework core team members. They often discuss real-world issues and the processes for resolving them. Episodes are released every few weeks and are generally around one hour.
Recommended episode: Who You Want to Help > What You Want to Build
Hansel Minutes Podcast
Scott Hanselman is a programmer, speaker, and local Portland neighbor! He hosts the Hansel Minutes podcast, self-described as “fresh tech from fresh faces”. He has a talent for showcasing the individual strengths of the guests on his show, who range from teachers to venture capitalists and every tech-related role in between. Scott also hosts a few other podcasts that you can check out if you like his style.
Recommended episode: A new life for old software
Recommended episode: Coming to React with Sara Vieira
Shop Talk Show
Hosts Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier host Shop Talk Show, a weekly podcast that’s been around for over 300 episodes. They discuss customer experience, design, and CSS, occasionally zooming out to discuss “dev confessionals", existential questions, and more. Episodes are generally around one hour.
Recommended episode: Customer Experience with Gerry McGovern
Software Engineering Radio
With nearly 400 episodes recorded, Software Engineering Radio is a growing library of educational content for professional software developers. A team of engineers record each week with a "well-known character" in the software engineering world. Episodes range from 45 minutes to just over an hour.
Recommended episode: Michael Chan on Learning ReactJS
Recommended episode: How to Get Better at Debugging
The Bike Shed
Recommended episode: We All Have Work to Do with Eileen Uchitelle
The Web Platform Podcast
Recommended episode: JS Unit Testing Tools & Best Practices
Do you have a favorite podcast related to web development? Comment with a link below and we’ll check it out to add to our list of favorites this year!