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The Best Articles in Programming

A reading list of the best and most useful articles in Programming from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Programming Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Programming by Refind users in 2022.

  1. Three Cognitive Biases We All Have (and How to Fight Them)
  2. The Coding Tricks That Save Me Hours Of Time At Work
  3. Software Engineering
  4. Hard things in Computer Science
  5. What Is Code?

Videos

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Programming—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Programming.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Programming, including:

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Martin Fowler

Author, speaker, and general loud mouth on Software Development. Works for Thoughtworks. Also hikes, watches theater, and plays modern board games. He/him

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Cory LaViska

Just a guy with a laptop and a dream. Building @shoelace_style at @fontawesome.

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Jason Fried

Founder & CEO at 37signals (makers of Basecamp and HEY). Non-serial entrepreneur, serial author. No DMs, email me at jason@hey.com.

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cdixon.eth

Programming, philosophy, history, internet, startups, web3 @ a16z

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DHH

Creator of Ruby on Rails, Co-owner & CTO of 37signals (Basecamp & HEY), NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winner. No DMs, email: dhh@hey.com

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Programming, including:

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freeCodeCamp.org

We're a community of millions of people who are building new skills and getting new jobs together. A 501(c)(3) public charity. Tweets by @abbeyrenn.

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Quanta Magazine

Big ideas in science and math. Because you want to know more. Launched by @SimonsFdn. 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. http://quantamagazine.org

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Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow empowers the world to develop technology through collective knowledge.

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CSS-Tricks

The official account for http://CSS-Tricks.com, a web design community powered by @DigitalOcean.

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How does Refind curate?

It’s a mix of human and algorithmic curation, following a number of steps:

  1. We monitor 10k+ sources and 1k+ thought leaders on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.
  2. In addition, our users save links from around the web using our Save buttons and our extensions.
  3. Our algorithm processes 100k+ new links every day and uses external signals to find the most relevant ones, focusing on timeless pieces.
  4. Our community of active users gets 5 links every day, tailored to their interests. They provide feedback via implicit and explicit signals: open, read, listen, share, add to reading list, save to «Made me smarter», «More/less like this», etc.
  5. Our algorithm uses these internal signals to refine the selection.
  6. In addition, we have expert curators who manually curate niche topics.

The result: lists of the best and most useful articles on hundreds of topics.

How does Refind detect «timeless» pieces?

We focus on pieces with long shelf-lives—not news. We determine «timelessness» via a number of metrics, for example, the consumption pattern of links over time.

How many sources does Refind monitor?

We monitor 10k+ content sources on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.

Which sources does Refind monitor in Programming?

We monitor hundreds of sources in Programming, including freeCodeCamp.org, Quanta Magazine, Smashing Magazine 🇺🇦 🏳️‍🌈, Stack Overflow, CSS-Tricks, and many more.

Who are the thought leaders in Programming?

We follow dozens of thought leaders in Programming, including Martin Fowler, Cory LaViska, Jason Fried, cdixon.eth, DHH.

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