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RSS Feeds for the Web Developer
It’s simple: instead of having to visit the websites that interest you, you use software (an RSS feed reader or RSS news reader) to pull the latest information from those websites to you. The information is coded on those websites in RSS (which stands for "Real Simple Syndication"), but 99% of the time, the authors of the websites don’t even know that they’re generating RSS in addition to their posts. Instead, they simply write their content, & an RSS feed is generated behind the scenes. Interested users can then subscribe to the RSS feed & get those posts.
How should you subscribe to RSS feeds? I recommend using Google Reader.
- It’s free.
- If you use Gmail or any other registered Google service, you already have a Google Reader account—you just don’t know it!
- It’s powerful.
- It’s web-based, so you can access your news feeds from any connected device.
- Almost every desktop or mobile RSS reader syncs with Google Reader.
To start using Google Reader, go to http://reader.google.com, sign in, & start adding RSS feeds. For more info about using Google Reader, watch the following videos:
- Getting Started with Google Reader
- Welcome to Google Reader!
- Reading Feeds with Google Reader
- Sharing Items with Google Reader
- Sharing any webpage with Google Reader
I subscribe to all of these RSS feeds. I’m sure there’s something for every web developer here!
General web development
Smashing Magazine (site & RSS)
“Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Our aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development.”
The Daily Nerd (site & RSS)
“On this site I regularly post small comments to a selection of links. These links are mostly about front-end development, a term I use broadly. I consider many techniques and disciplines to be part of front-end development.”
456 Berea Street (site & RSS)
“This site is a place for me to post articles, tutorials, and comments on subjects that are interesting and useful to me and hopefully to other web professionals. Most posts on this site are related to web standards, accessibility, or usability in one way or another, with the occasional post on other subjects.”
UX Magazine (site & RSS)
“Our primary goal is to provide a steady stream of current, informative, and credible information about [user experience] and related fields to enhance the professional and creative lives of UX practitioners and those exploring the field.”
QuirksBlog (site & RSS)
“On his influential QuirksBlog Peter-Paul Koch follows the browser market, advances in front-end technology and theory, and related topics. Increasingly, he blogs about the mobile Web and its unique problems.”
LukeW (site & RSS)
“Publications on the critical details and big picture behind digital product design. LukeW's 11 years of writing cover Web and device strategy, interaction design, visual design, usability, and much more.” Although this site isn’t explicity focused on mobility, much of it is.