Amazing Web Development Communities That Every Web Developer Should Know | Next Earning

Whether you’re just starting to code or you’re an experienced vet, it never hurts to have some support. In fact, no matter how good you get, every now and then you’ll probably have to ask someone for advice on a pesky bug that you just can’t seem to get past. Those who have been coding for a while know where to look: there are dozens of helpful web development communities that can help you solve your problems. There’s really nothing to lose from posting a problem on them, and you have everything to gain. To help you get started, especially if you’re new to coding, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite web development communities that you should be checking out. What are you waiting for?

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 1. Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is an absolute must for anyone who’s serious about web development. Since 2008, it’s been one of the go-to sites for developers who can’t quite figure out an issue. Post your question, and someone will respond quickly (the median response time is just over 10 minutes!). With a whopping four million users, Stack Overflow is almost definitely going to have the information you need to keep moving. Users are particularly motivated, since they can get “badges” when they post helpful answers, and they can be suspended for unhelpful behavior.

  2. Microsoft Developer Network


This site is crucial if you’re developing a project with Microsoft software. There’s content from both Microsoft itself as well as other users, so you’re guaranteed a range of opinions, styles, and suggestions. The site has support from experienced Microsoft developers to those experimenting with Microsoft for the first time, both of which can be really valuable. The site can also connect you to a host of forums and blogs, and even has a convenient area where you can acquire sample code to get your project started. If that peaks your interest, get this: there are thousands of sample codes for a whole host of systems. Another cool feature: if you head to their development centers, you can get connected to resources for building programs for a range of platforms, including Xbox.

  3. Experts-Exchange

Experts-Exchange is an older community (founded in 1996) that will get you answers from some of the best coders, if you’re willing to pay for membership. You post a question, and offer a certain number of points for an answer (the range is 20 to 500). Once you get answers, you choose the best one (or ones) and rate them on a letter grade scale. Experts are extremely motivated: with enough points (10,000), they can get free membership for a month, and they need to maintain 3,000 points enough to keep getting the service for free. Another cool feature: you can sign up to get notifications on a particular topic, so that you can keep up-to-date on the latest news and solutions in your field of interest.

4. Toptal

Toptal is a great resource for those looking to understand how to hire developers, and how to see how talented a developer is. On their website, they have a resources page that has hiring guides, job descriptions, extensive lists of questions to ask any potential developer, and a bunch of examples of acceptable answers. They also have a pretty extensive blog that has information on all aspects of coding, with everything from reviews on the latest software to how-to guides for advanced developers. In addition to that, they have frequent community events, so you can network with like-minded coders and meet up in person.

5. Code Project

Code Project is another cool web community that incentivizes excellence. Users upload articles and code samples, and once they get enough positive feedback, they can unlock other exciting features. If you’re not interested in posting, you can still get a lot out of the site: there’s a wide range of articles on a variety of topics for different levels of skill, a useful blog, and constantly updated discussion boards. With a user base of over twelve million, Code Project can get your questions answered quickly and effectively. Once you sign up as a member, posting a question is just a button’s-click away.

These communities are just a few of the many opportunities available to help you advance as a developer, no matter what your skill level is. In a field that involves a lot of sitting in front of your computer, it’s comforting to know that there are millions of other developers out there, constantly looking to help and challenge each other. Just because you’re not sitting in the same place doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the same community. Sign up for one of these communities (or all of them!) and start connecting with people just like you. Once you’ve gotten a feel for these communities, see if you can unlock some of the special features by being an active and accurate member!  

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