The Best Articles in Software Engineering

The most useful articles and videos in Software Engineering 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 Software Engineering Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Software Engineering by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. 90% of My Skills Are Now Worth $0
  2. Why am I not terrified of AI?
  3. Prompt Engineering vs. Blind Prompting
  4. GitHub Copilot X: The AI-powered developer experience
  5. The complicated parts of leadership: Betting on people


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Thought Leaders

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

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Jason Fried

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

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Tim O'Reilly

Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media. Watching the alpha geeks, sharing their stories, helping the future unfold.

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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:

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steve blank

Customer Development & Secret History, Teaching at Stanford and Columbia

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Joel Spolsky

co-founder of Fog Creek, Trello, Stack Overflow, Glitch, and - I have moved to on mastodon


We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Software Engineering, including: profile image

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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Will Larson

CTO at @cartainc. Author of Staff Engineer and An Elegant Puzzle. Currently writing The Engineer Executive's Primer w/O'Reilly.

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Go with ease ➡️ Go with friends ➡️ Go with confidence ➡️ Go anywhere 🚗 For customer support contact @Uber_Support

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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.

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Martin Fowler

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

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