On the other hand, there is a plethora of resources out there on the web to help beginners get started that I wish I had when I was getting started. I can’t tell anyone exactly what to do, but I can point out some resources that I think will be helpful and that I wish I had when I was learning this stuff. It may seem like trying to drink from a firehose at times, but that’s ok. At some point, you can turn down the volume of stuff that you’re consuming and learning. And at various times throughout your career, you may need to turn it back up. The thing about this field is that you will be constantly learning.
Another quick tip is this. Sometimes you don’t have to learn a certain technology right now. Just knowing that it exists is enough for now. Then you know that you can always come back and learn it later if you need to.
Here’s my top tips and a list of resources. This isn’t exhaustive or authoritative. They are merely suggestions.
I can’t really tell you which blogs to follow. It’s up to you to discover them yourself. I think you’ll enjoy it more that way anyway. Don’t be afraid of over-subscribing. You don’t have to read everything, you don’t have to understand everything, and you can always unsubscribe.
Written by Adam Garrett-Harris who lives and works in Silicon Slopes. You should follow him on Twitter