13 of the best podcasts for coders and developers

Want to better understand a new programming language or get a feel for what’s happening in the world of web development? There’s a podcast for that.

Keen to discover which podcasts are worth your time, we asked our students and instructors to tell us their favourites.

1. The Big Web Show

Featuring special guests and topics like web publishing, art direction, content strategy and web technology. 

“It’s really great for front end web stuff in particular. Gives you interesting updates on new trends/tools but what I think is most interesting are the interviews with developers where you can hear about how their company handles design, UX and development generally.” (Suzanne)

2. Changelog

A weekly conversation that gets to the heart of open source technologies and the people who create them.

“Huge podcast about the wide world of open source. Essential.” (Alan)

3. Codenewbie

Stories from people on their coding journey.

“They interview a very diverse range of people and target newbies specifically. So you don’t get all the jargon that you don’t understand. It’s not so much about how to code but more about how to be a coder. Each episode reminds the listener that everyone had to start at some point. This makes it very reassuring.” (Finn)

“It’s amazing! The host, Saron, does a brilliant job of interviewing people about their journey into tech and the range of guests is really good – it’s not just web developers but mobile devs, open source devs, UX and designers, all sorts! It’s aimed at beginners so anything that’s very technical is explained really simply and people share their tips and tricks for getting into the industry.” (Beth)

“It’s really helpful and encouraging for new coders – a good diverse range of people with a great friendly attitude and covers lots of different aspects of learning to code.” (Caroline)

4. Developer Tea

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Exploring the people behind tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

“Neat little tea-break sized podcasts on a huge variety of stuff.” (Alan)

“Good for programming advice but also good for interpersonal, work environment advice as well.” (James)

5. The Hanselminutes Podcast

A weekly talk show that brings interesting people together to talk about the web, culture, education and technology.

“Interesting interviews with a range of different people working in tech.” (Beth)

6. Javascript Jabber

A weekly discussion about JavaScript, front-end development, community, careers, and frameworks.

“Fantastic for keeping up to date with the ever-changing world of JS frameworks. Often has guests that run OSS projects or conference come on and talk about those things.” (Scott)

7. Programming Throwdown

A podcast educating Computer Scientists and Software Engineers on a cavalcade of programming and tech topics. 

“It’s great for getting a general overview of a single topic as they cover a different language or idea each episode. Great starting point to learn more about a specific area.” (James)

8. Reply All

A show about the internet, time travel, celebrity dogs, workplace iguanas, and more. 

“Not really coding, but tech related. I like how topical and accessible it is. It gives a good overview of some current developments in tech but in quite a funny and engaging way.” (Suzanne)

9. Shop Talk

A podcast about front end web design, development and UX.

“Run by two developers and friends – great chemistry and good structure/organisation. One of the guys that runs it (Chris Coyier) runs the front end website css-tricks.com.” (Scott)

10. TechStuff

Exploring the people behind tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

“Not limited to coding, but tech related. It takes a product (e.g. a FitBit) and talks you through a bit of its history and how it works – it’s a really great insight into how products evolve and develop as well as telling you about how stuff actually works.” (Suzanne)

11. Tech Tonic

A weekly conversation that looks at the way technology is changing our economies, societies and daily lives.

“It’s not strictly about programming but more about technology and has an interview every week with some very high profile people in the world of tech and discusses ideas about what’s happening and where things are going. It’s quite inspirational to hear personally from founders of big Silicon Valley tech companies about how they got started and why they are passionate about technology.” (Euan)

12. This is Product Management

Interviewing brilliant minds across numerous disciplines that fuel modern product teams. 

“It explores PM in both the coding and non-coding world, with people involved in all sorts of things, which gives a great overview to what it means to different people, what things are common, and which are specific to certain industries/companies. It doesn’t have much jargon, and asks ‘why’ a lot.” (Dominic)

13. The Vergecast

An informative look at what’s happening in the world of technology and gadgets.

“Really good tech podcast covering what’s going on with hardware and software and in tech businesses. Very funny and good for keeping up to date with the tech industry, trends, etc.” (Caroline)

Come to our next info session in Edinburgh or Glasgow to find out more about our 16-week Professional Software Development course.

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