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Ask HN: What programming blogs do you read daily?
716 points by t3rcio on Oct 17, 2011 | hide | past | favorite | 116 comments

this stuff never seems to be highly upvoted on HN anymore, and if it gets to +30 there's only a few comments, i speculate because new-school HNers don't understand or care. so i track them myself.

best two advanced swegr blogs ever:

    http://prog21.dadgum.com/ -- swegr, fp theory
    http://www.johndcook.com/blog/ -- swegr, fp theory
other advanced swegr blogs. we're not talking atwood and joel, here, that stuff is for college kids.

    http://blog.tmorris.net/ -- swegr, fp/tactics
    http://james-iry.blogspot.com/ -- fp/tactics
    http://playingwithpointers.com/ -- philosophy, fp/tactics

    http://www.jasonshen.com/ -- "Art of Ass Kicking" (life)
    http://www.sebastianmarshall.com/ -- "Strategy, Philosophy, Self-Discipline, Science. Victory." (life)
    http://dilbert.com/blog -- politics & life
fwiw, after having digested much of this material, I've moved on to reading all the interesting whitepapers I can find, mostly via my social networks. That's the really advanced stuff. I've been meaning to collect them and summarize many to post to HN. nag me.

Sorry, but neither DDG nor Google know about the term "swegr", what does it stand for?

Given context, 'software engineering', I would assume. Strange way to write it though...

At first, I assumed it was some programming language I had never heard of ;-)

To me a "swegr" sounds like it would mean "an outdoor event on a really hot day where you have to dress in formal attire."

Cause you'd sweat a lot.

It probably stands for software engineering, though.

In Glasgow, here in Scotland, a "Swedger" is boiled sweet or candy.

As in "gonnae gee-us wan o'yer swedgers, wee man".

//Cause you'd sweat a lot.

And you'd swear a lot.

Me too. I'd never seen "swegr" before.

SoftWare EnGineeRing.

Ah. Around here we've always always called that poing.

For "PrOgrammING"

Two fantastic ways of saving a few characters at the expense of clarity...

I'd hate to see this guy's variable naming convention :O

Using random characters you're lucky you didn't use the first, third, fifth and tenth character as a "descriptive" term. ;)

And a bit on topic even though it's not a blog. How about "The Bug of the Month" of the makers of lint? http://www.gimpel.com/html/bugs.htm A bit obscure but definately broadens the pool of error behavior concepts.

Yeah, it's software engineering given the context but it also could how the kids write swagger these days ;)

I came here with the thought of adding John Cook's blog but I see the name already.

Second the recommendation.

The best blogs don't have daily content. In fact, the best blogs usually post once a month, or less - often much less. Here are some:

http://prog21.dadgum.com http://www.moserware.com http://ridiculousfish.com/blog http://wingolog.org/

http://stevehanov.ca/blog/ -- Updates infrequently. Very good programming articles.

http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/ -- Updates infrequently. Good articles on Linux and Programming. Start here: http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/best-of

http://catonmat.net -- He doesn't update much anymore since he's working on his startup but the archives are still good. Mostly unix tools and CompSci stuff IIRC.

http://chneukirchen.org/trivium/ -- Curates unix and plan9 articles and some lower level/systems programming stuff with a few other peculiarities sprinkled in.

http://www.foldl.org/ -- Curated programming/compsci stuff from certain subreddits. Didn't last long, archives still have some gems.

http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/ -- I actually don't read the articles that often anymore but I scan the titles as if it were a ticker of what's going on in the programming world.

If someone could point me to more curated sources like foldl, I'd appreciate it.


http://ryanholiday.net -- http://www.ryanholiday.net/an-introduction-to-me/

http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/ -- I skip the pharma articles that are way over my head. Cultural deconstructionism.

+1 for Steve Hanov's blog. I enjoyed his post about how programmers/HR review your resume: http://stevehanov.ca/blog/index.php?id=56

Duartes' articles are really well written. I had forgotten about his blog. Thanks for re-posting it.

I use to have a very big list that I would consume via RSS. I kept making the list smaller and smaller as I wasn't checking it very often and thought that was the reason. Then I realized why: for the most part I was seeing the best of those articles on HN. So now, for my daily reads, it is 100% HN + some curated newsletters I'm subscribed too.

Please share your preferred newsletters -- I can't seem to find the good ones.

Peter Cooper has three of them that are hard to beat: http://rubyweekly.com, http://javascriptweekly.com, and http://html5weekly.com.

I'll plug mine as well: Hacker Newsletter - http://www.hackernewsletter.com, which is a product of what I said above. :)

I sadly found Peter's newsletters to be quite noisy for my taste, but I signed up for yours in a heartbeat. Thanks!

Noisy? Too many items? They have been growing over the months, admittedly, but there's a lot of noteworthy stuff happening :-)

Thanks Peter for chiming in. I'm fine with missing a great chunk of noteworthy stuff and rather read one focused source only. ;)

This is where I'm trying to get some advice from you ;-)

Each newsletter is focused on a topic or natural collection of topics. What source is more focused on, say, Ruby than Ruby Weekly? I would find this useful advice! :)

Or are you saying you'd rather see, say, 3 or 4 links a week related to a topic.. and it's a problem with the volume rather than subject "focus"?

pestaa got in touch with me directly and we had a productive discussion about it. Just for anyone who was following :-)

I am the author of "Practicing Ruby" ( http://practicingruby.com ). It's a paid newsletter but I offer it for free for anyone who can't pay for it, and try to release back issues relatively frequently.

Raymond Chen's blog, The Old New Thing (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing), is still my go-to site for any WinAPI discussion - and he's got plenty to say on the subject of developer & user behavior as well. Come for the brilliance, stay for the snark.

There are similar questions in reddit faq: http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/faq#Whatprogrammingblogs...

Steve Yegge's archives, http://www.modernperlbooks.com/mt/ are in my favourites, which are not mentioned here so far.

http://dorophone.blogspot.com/ ;; elisp/picolisp stuff. monads, sexp, fexpr. inspiring.

http://okmij.org/ftp/ ;; general cs ftw. too deep.

http://john.freml.in/ ;; nice http server perf in clisp.

http://www.learningclojure.com/ ;; get the most of clojure in terms of cpu cycles. refreshing.

http://vanillajava.blogspot.com/ ;; perf, lo-level details about java. refreshing.

btw, swegr ~= hacker ?

> btw, swegr ~= hacker ?

I think it's an abbreviation of 'software engineer(ing)'.

Always enjoy reading johns posts.

http://planet.lisp.org/ Aggregates a bunch of common lisp blogs that are generally interesting.

On that note, I also read


Generally high quality, interesting stuff if you're into Haskell.

The only semi-regularly updated ones I currently have in my RSS reader are:

- James Hague's "Programming in the 21st Century": http://prog21.dadgum.com/

- Edward Z. Yang's blog: http://blog.ezyang.com/

Rest of my daily blog hits I get via Hacker News and reddit/r/haskell

dadgum has been mentioned a few times in this thread .. could someone please explain why that is a good blog, maybe a link to an article that is insightful?

Slow programming languages battle across time: http://prog21.dadgum.com/52.html

A Spellchecker Used to Be a Major Feat of Software Engineering: http://prog21.dadgum.com/29.html

More on the management side of development, but I like rands a lot http://www.randsinrepose.com/

If you are looking for something that is more front-end specific Paul Irish has put together a really great list of blogs, and made a google reader bundle out of them.


Some standout blogs that I always read about programming are:

http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/ - Was writing about JS before it was cool, now it just has some of the most detailed coverage you can get of new things happening in js.

http://dailyjs.com/ - a great daily roundup of the news in the JS community

http://www.nczonline.net/ - A developer who lead many FE efforts inside of Yahoo, very outspoken about how JS should work.

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ - Joels essays can be a bit cantankerous, but also paradigm changing.

http://sheddingbikes.com/ - pretty much everything that zed shaw does is fucking awesome. Take it with a grain of salt though.


Oh, I almost forgot steve yegge, http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/ - In a few essays from steve my programming world opened into one of ideas, and not just syntax.

Seconded with enthusiasm. Eric writes at great length about the detailed decisions that go into programming language design, especially revision of an existing language. Even though I should know better, I have been guilty at times of "how hard could it be" syndrome. Reading what Eric says has cured me of that disease. (for programming languages at least)

I agree with this. At first glance the problems he presents are simple, then you realise all the design decisions they've made and the pros and cons of each approach they were aware of when writing C#.

On a footnote I also recommend Jon Skeet: Coding Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/jon_skeet/ He's known in the .Net community. He's the guy behind Tony the Pony. He's a Google staffer who has written some C# books. He goes into great depth about C# stuff.

Far from daily, but Yosef K's blog is usually a good read when he does post:


Mike Ash's Friday Q&A series is always a great investigation of the depths of Objective-C and Cocoa: http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/

For iOS/Mac development, Ole Begemann's http://oleb.net/ is invaluable, especially for the monthly link roundups.

Awesome, I wasn't aware of that one.

Other good ones I know of are the already mentioned Cocoa with Love


Cocoa is my girlfriend


and bbum's weblog-o-matic


Daily, none, but I have some on my RSS reader; besides the ones already posted:

http://julien.danjou.info/blog/index.html ← Julien Danjou, Awesome WM main (only?) dev.

http://ejohn.org/ ← John Resig, jQuery creator and lead dev


Curious that I'm not following any of the blogs listed below ... I suspect that there are so many that we could each read quality content and have very little overlap. Of course, there are theory blogs that would apply to the whole group, but many of the blogs are also language/domain specific and so only a subset of us would be interested.

    http://planetsix.perl.org/ -- Perl 6
    http://ironman.enlightenedperl.org/ -- Perl 5

I quite enjoy these: http://ayende.com/blog (.NET centric, writes RavenDB/NHibernate Profiler) http://blog.headius.com/ (JRuby creator)

I used to frequent Slashdot and DZone but all I have time for these days is HN. This place is fairly good at promoting good stories and the comments are usually as good as Slashdot so I feel like I don't need to go anywhere else (for now).

First, go through the archives of http://anarchaia.org/ Then follow http://chneukirchen.org/trivium

I try to read from FolkLore.ORg as often as I can - it's not a daily read and there's not much new stuff, but it's off the beaten path and the old stories of Bill and Steve and Woz are pure win.

I read Alvin Ashcraft's Morning Dew, which is a .NET resource. He posts links to tons of articles every morning on 10 different topics. It's fun to read up on such a variety of different topics.


I also read the Daily WTF every day. It's great to have a chance to look at crappy code and try to re-write it in your head on how it should have been done.


This summer I really enjoyed reading the joelonsoftware archives. The last update was mid-September, but the previous posts kept me busy for quite some time.

I only read HN for all the tech news/updates. I'm done with blogs now, it's too much out there and I only want the best. HN does a good job with that.

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/ is also an interesting blog to read.


This is a blog with multiple authors, so I check this once a day.

I can highly recommend http://blog.cdleary.com/

I like reading Scott Hanselman:


I also like this one with his series (back in 2008) on coding poker bots but he hasn't posted in a while:


It's not specifically a programming blog, but I find "A List Apart" (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/) to be a great resource for the design side of creating software.

This one should be quite popular among the HN crowd although it's not strictly programming related.

http://www.lesswrong.com - A community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality

Are my eyes playing tricks on me or is the title supposed to read 'What programming blogs do you read daily?' instead of 'What programming blogs your read daily?'

Both have subtle differences that poke at the perfectionist in me.

http://javascriptweblog.wordpress.com/ Updates have gotten sort of rare lately, but it is hands down my favorite JS blog.

Not a blog per se but I do check it most weekdays: http://stackoverflow.com/?tab=week

Entertaining rants, compression (data & image) & general sweng.


For a little bit on BIOS I go here: http://sites.google.com/site/pinczakko/

I created this app for visiting multiple sites you visit daily from one place:


Give it a try.

background-size: cover;


Can I log in with something other than facebook?

I've always liked Ryan Flynn's blog and link collection http://www.parseerror.com/

http://got-ravings.blogspot.com/ by the vim-nerdtree dude. very funny.

Artima developer, http://www.artima.com/index.jsp - Java, Scala mostly

I tend to frequent http://www.mahdiyusuf.com The Dusty Programmer

I'm curious, why is Coding Horror not in your lists? Is it too high level to be considered a programming blog?

For some Ruby/Rails stuff I follow:




The Morning Brew http://blog.cwa.me.uk/

BTW may i know what testing blogs do you read daily which would be more informative?

"Joel on software" and "Coding horror" are my all time favorite.

java.dzone.com css.dzone.com www.dzone.com/mz/devops www.dzone.com/mz/html5

All updated with new content almost every day, and the quality is getting stronger.

dekorte.com (rare post on programming, but its nice to see a language implementor bashing on fp sometimes)

Joe Damato has a great albeit infrequently updated programming blog, http://timetobleed.com/ . I think he wrote the memprof ruby gem. Posts HN may really enjoy:

an obscure kernel feature to get more info about dying processes [1]

a presentation from some ruby conf, particularly slide set 2 which details how memprof works and talks about the abi, etc [2]

plus a bunch of discussion of profiling tools to look at exactly what gcc or your vm of choice are doing. Highly recommended.

[1] http://timetobleed.com/an-obscure-kernel-feature-to-get-more...

[2] http://timetobleed.com/slides-from-mwrc-2010/


I read a number of blogs when I search, but there are none that I go to daily just to read them.


Programming blogs post daily????

It depends what posts appear in my RSS reader :-)

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