Here are five ways to access the latest news and trends in your field and always maintain your reputation as a qualified and experienced resource for your employer:
1. Build a network of people working in the web industry
Whatever your passion, if you want to excel, you need to surround yourself with like-minded people with the same interests.
The same goes for web developers: if they have a circle of friends made up of web experts who master different technologies, your knowledge will never be outdated.
Whatever news they read daily or discuss with their peers, chances are they will discuss the same things with you. It can be an emerging technology, the disadvantages of an old one, etc.
So, don’t hesitate to build up a network of friends as passionate about Web development like you!
2. Join communities for healthy discussions
The Internet has made learning a new skill and making friends with the same interest much easier. There are hundreds of online communities where you can connect with web developers, engage in healthy discussions, and even get advice from them to build your skills.
From Facebook groups to Quora discussions, Reddit threads and several other platforms that connect you with web developers around the world are heaven for you. Whenever you feel stuck or ambiguous about a certain concept, you can discuss it with other developers and clear your doubts.
3. Attend seminars and conferences
Although we have several ways to acquire new and updated knowledge online, not everything is free. You always have to spend a few dollars on yourself to learn advanced stuff in any field.
Industry conferences and seminars make learning fun. You get the chance to hear from industry experts in a cutting-edge, interactive environment. This experience is much more stimulating than virtual learning.
Forward, CSSconf EU and JSconf EU are some of the popular conferences you can attend to refresh your knowledge and understand new concepts.
4. Read relevant articles and blog posts
Today, there is no shortage of quality content for web enthusiasts. There are thousands of tech-related blogs online that cover web development and everything related to it in detail.
If you don’t have time to research them, you can jump directly to relevant content on Medium. All you have to do is sign up and search for content related to web technologies.
Another easy way to find and read knowledge-rich content is to follow web companies. Most of them have a blog section where they share the latest news and even tips and tricks that make your job easier.
5. Subscribe to credible YouTube channels
Likewise, dozens of web experts teach web development on YouTube. But you should not follow a random so-called web expert without confirming their authority.
In fact, you shouldn’t follow just one expert. Since all knowledge is free, you can explore as many channels as you want. Once you figure out which is valuable and which is wasting your time, you know which videos are worth watching.
In addition to teaching coding, these experts will always talk about the latest trends. If you don’t like to read, videos are a great alternative to keep you up to date with the latest web industry news.
Is it important to follow industry news?
If you have ever invested in stocks or cryptocurrencies, you can understand the fact that the latest value of a stock or a coin is constantly checked. If you don’t track the value of your assets, you’ll never be able to cash them out at the right time.
The same goes for any business. If you became oblivious to the value of your actions, it would be impossible for you to profit from them.
Whether it’s web development, AI, blockchain, or any other tech-related field, knowing where the world is going is incredibly important.
AI enthusiasts know that facial recognition is now a reality; blockchain experts are familiar with the entire cryptocurrency ecosystem; and web experts know what are the latest features introduced in the web industry.
To meet your customers’ expectations and stay neck and neck with the best talent in your industry, learn and practice the latest trends.
When interviewing for your next job, or winning a new project as a freelancer, you ultimately increase your chances of success by showcasing your new web-related knowledge.