Another great channel to check out once you have your feet wet and went through some beginner tutorials is Traversy Media. I have found that this channel is helpful if you already have a handle on the basics of a particular language and want to get a better idea of how to implement and use the language in a project. There are crash course videos that quickly go over the main concepts and techniques in a particular language and also quick project builds where Brad Traversy (the channel author) videos himself building a small application using a particular language/framework. I’ve found those very helpful to watch because they demonstrate how to actually apply what you’ve learned (see this video on how to Build An HTML5 Website With A Responsive Layout). One of the most helpful videos I watched of his recently was his Web Development in 2018 – A Practical Guide. He does a series every year on what’s hot in the field and gives you an idea of what you should be studying and putting on your list to learn.
Sylvester Morgan’s channel is a channel that I’ve discovered recently and added to my list of Youtube resources. He describes his journey to becoming a developer from relatively humble beginnings and having to deal with self doubt and supporting a family in the middle of a career change. I’ve found the content to be inspiring and a good look into how someone without a degree in Computer Science or a lot of background in coding can teach themselves what they need to know. His video, “How I Became A Software Developer Without a Degree” lays out a plan and strategy for deciding what to teach yourself and where to find resources by looking at Computer Science degree curriculum and building a learning plan for yourself. He is very self disciplined, humble and down to earth and I look forward to watching more of his content.
I’ve found mmtuts’ channel to be useful when looking for a demonstration on how to do a specific task (like setting up a connection to a database in PHP, for example see this video). His videos are mostly to the point with a bit of entertainment and personality thrown in. I find myself going to his channel if I’m wanting to see a quick demonstration of how to do something specific, lately dealing with database connections and querying in PHP.
David Mahler’s channel is also a recent discovery and I’ve found his tutorials on Git and Github to be very helpful and straight-forward (see this one here on Git Branches and Merging). His teaching style is very dry, but I love it because it is just straight to business and concise without any distracting fluff. The information is presented clearly and efficiently, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a tutorial.
There are a few other channels I check out, but these have been the most helpful to me and I find myself coming back to them more often. I think they will be of most help to those looking for a place to start or additional resources to explore and add to their list. If you want to see all of the channels that I follow, see my Youtube channel here.