Monday, December 1, 2014

Web Development Advent Calendars for 2014

For a few years now web developers around the world have celebrated Saturnalia Christmas with advent calendars covering topics related to the web. Some come and go, but you'll probably recognize a few regulars on this list.

I may have missed some, so please pass them along if you know of any. As I learned in prior years where I have tracked them, I don't know them all on December 1, and update accordingly. Some of this is because the sites don't promote the new calendar on the home page.

1. 24 Ways

24 Ways, the one that most of this think about for web development calendars, is back again. It's been going strong since 2005 and based on its history this year should have some good articles.

2. Perl Advent Calendar

Perl Advent Calendar goes all the way back to 2000 (and back then looked a bit more like a traditional advent calendar, too) and has been dispensing tips for Perl developers ever since.

3. 24 Jours de Web

24 Jours de Web is starting its second year as an advent calendar for web folk. Written in French, it is clearly primarily targeted at French speakers, but a round of Google Translate will open it up to far more readers (like me).

4. UXmas

UXmas is an advent calendar aimed at the user experience community. Coming from Australia, American readers may be thrown just a bit by the schedule. The calendar promises everything from sketches, to articles, to tools, to videos.

5. Webkrauts

Webkrauts has an all German advent calendar, and it also dates back to 2005. It covers general web topics, but being in all-German readers like me will benefit from a Google Translate version of the page.

6. Web Accessibility Advent Calendar 2014

Web Accessibility Advent Calendar 2014 is in Japanese, and thanks to the wonderful powers of Google Translate, I can tell you that it is a calendar to make the talk about Web accessibility (based on this statement: Webアクセシビリティに関する話題でつくるカレンダーです。). If you know Japanese, I welcome any corrections. The site Adventar.org appears to host other advent calendars, some about web technologies, some about ramen.

7. 24 Pull Requests

24 Pull Requests is less an advent calendar than it is an effort to mobilize developers. The goal is to get developers to send a pull request every day in December (up to Christmas), thereby supporting your favorite open source projects. There are even Coderwall badges for those who collect those sorts of things.

8. SysAdvent

SysAdvent is targeted to systems administrators, but there is a some cross-over to web developers. It has posts dating back to 2008, so there is plenty of good material there if you're too impatient to wait for each day to be revealed.

9. Lean/Agile Advent Calendar

Håkan Forss's lean/agile calendar was recommended to me by Martin Burns, to whom I generally listen on this topic. Håkan is an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) and a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP), and his first post seems pretty good, so I've added it. Also, LEGOs.

10. Performance Calendar

Performance Calendar hails this as the speed geek's favorite time of the year, ostensibly because of the tips it has been offering each December since 2009. It isn't just server optimizations you'll find here, so don't shy away because you're not a system admin. While I had it last year, it hadn't launched when I posted this, so I've rectified that.

11. Free Font Calendar

The Free Font Advent is providing information on and links to, you guessed it, a free font every day. The site is in German, but Google Translate will be more than enough to get the narrative written for each typeface. I picked this one up from Deborah Edwards-Onoro's advent calendar post.

12. Amazon Web Services Calendar

AWS Advent is dedicated to sharing information on features and services available from AWS. If you are an AWS user and have something to offer, as of this writing there are still five slots open for contributions. I also picked this one up from Deborah Edwards-Onoro's advent calendar post.

Not Web Related

The Royal Institution has something called Things to Do with Stuff that might be like an advent calendar, given this statement: Throughout December inspired by the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, we're releasing little nuggets that'll encourage you to interact with and understand the tech that surrounds us. The very first item is how to make a movie projector with a smartphone, a magnifying class, and a box.

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