I will start off by saying that I am a self-taught developer. When I started programming, the internet was the primary place I went to learn. Online tools like W3Schools and Stack Overflow were my go-to sites for quick references and syntax for the various languages and frameworks I was using.
For more in-depth tutorials, however, I went to videos on YouTube. YouTube was the place I went to when I wanted to learn how to build a website. YouTube was the place I went to when I wanted to learn Node.js and Express. YouTube is the place I go when I want to learn a new framework, library, or even programming language. In my years watching various coding videos and channels on YouTube, I've found that some of the same names keep popping up.
Below are 4 great YouTubers who I've found helpful over the years.
Photo Credit: Mike Dane on YouTube
Photo Credit: Computerphile on YouTube
Computerphile is a channel about computers, and is more about various topics of computer science rather than coding. At first, I wasn't really convinced, but I can now say that Computerphile has truly opened my eyes to so many different areas of computer science. They have done videos on Deep Learning and CNNs (convolutional neural networks), cross-site scripting, and so much more.
The videos are done by real computer science professors and professionals, and videos on Computerphile have sparked the ideas for several of my own projects.
I encourage you to check out Computerphile, and my personal favorite videos are those by Mike Pound of The University of Nottingham.
#2: Dylan Israel
Photo Credit: Dylan Israel on YouTube
I've been watching Dylan Israel for a while now, even since his channel was called Coding Tutorials 360. Israel is quite literally turned life around with code, becoming a dev after being a pizza delivery guy. Yet Israel is one of the best teachers I have found on the web. He does weekly livestreams, and has numerous tutorials on various languages and technologies.
My personal favorite of his is his freeCodeCamp series on "How to Code Like a Pro".
#1: Traversy Media
Photo Credit: Traversy Media on YouTube
In my opinion, Traversy Media is the best coding channel on YouTube. I have been watching Traversy Media since it was at less than 100,000 subscribers, and I can say that Brad Traversy, who runs the channel, is one of the best and most influential teachers I have ever had, despite never having met him.
He has video crash courses and tutorials on numerous languages, frameworks, libraries, and technologies, and he is extremely knowledgeable about what he teaches. In his tutorials, he not only shows you the code, he explains the concepts behind the code and how that relates to the topic of the tutorial.
He also produces paid courses on Udemy for more in-depth tutorials on topics, which I would highly recommend as well as his YouTube channel.
Overall, Traversy Media is by far my favorite coding channel on YouTube, and his videos have truly changed my life in ways I could not have imagined.
I hope you enjoyed this post and the YouTubers listed. Of course, this is all just my opinion, and I am in no way affiliated with any of the YouTubers mentioned. I suggest checking these channels out for yourself as well as a few others, and subscribing to your favorite ones.
Thanks for scrolling.
— Fred Adams, October 27, 2019