Podcasts are a great way to stay up to date with latest technology news and learn from industry experts. Given the amount of time developers spend staring at a screen it's also a good way to consume more information while giving your eyes a break! In this article I'm going to share a few of the podcasts I listen to regularly and would recommend to other developers.
Running for several years and hosted by Leo Laporte, TWIT is by far the best podcast I've come across for staying up to date with technology news. The show goes out once a week on Sundays covering all the week's major events from the big players in the technology industry. The American, not-quite-seamless advertising can be a little annoying at first, but the advertised products are often actually worth hearing about and as it's an otherwise free show you can't really complain. The show's dynamics work well with regular appearances from old friends and former TechTV hosts Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, and John C. Dvorak. Dvorak adds a comic edge with conspiracy theories also aired on his own podcast, the no agenda show. The show regularly goes over 2 hours so you'll have to schedule this one in!
TWIT is available on iTunes for free.
Hansel Minutes is hosted by Scott Hanselman who describes himself as a programmer, teacher and speaker. Given that Scott works more with Microsoft products such as .NET (booo...) you might be surprised this one made the list, but the content of the podcast doesn't get too techny and is usually generic enough that it applies to all programmers (a lot of front-end topics and generic tools are covered). Scott puts out a podcast each week with a technology expert guest to discuss a given topic (e.g. 'A gentle introduction to node.js' or 'Firefox OS and the open Mobile web').
The podcast is available to listen to on Scott's web site of via iTunes.
One from the homeland - Boagworld goes out once a week on Thursday hosted by Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington. The show is orientated toward front end designers with subjects such as CSS, responsive designs and related technologies regularly discussed. The podcast also covers interesting insights into consulting and running a design company.
Available on iTunes.
Bytesize is a short (under 10 minutes) and sweet update on the major technology week news hosted by Kyle Roderick. The reading style is a little monotone but the content's good if you want a quick catchup on what's been going on in the tech world over the week.
Available on iTunes.
What technology and web development podcasts are you listening to?