Hello there! Welcome to Growinbyte. I decided to write about this because I figured that tech communities help a lot. They are where you can ask questions and get answers to your possible questions You can also contribute by answering other questions. It is a great thing for anybody in the tech world to be in one or more tech/programming/developers’ forums.
As a programmer or a developer, whether you’re a beginner or you have been into the system for a long time, you can’t see so much success if you’re the solo type.
You need to know what others are discussing, the trend of technology, HOWTOs, and so many other things. Nobody knows it all, you need to ask others whenever you got stuck in something. Asking questions shows you’re progressing because you must be working on or planning to work on something before you can ask questions in it.
I believe with that being said, you already know the importance of being in one or more tech/programming/developers’ communities. Now let’s get to them. The order is actually irrelevant.
Stack Overflow is a privately held website, the flagship site of the Stack Exchange Network, created in 2008 by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky. It was created to be a more open alternative to an earlier question and answer sites such as Experts-Exchange. The name for the website was chosen by voting in April 2008 by readers of Coding Horror, Atwood’s popular programming blog.
It features questions and answers on a wide range of topics in computer programming.
The website serves as a platform for users to ask and answer questions, and, through membership and active participation, to vote questions and answers up or down and edit questions and answers in a fashion similar to a wiki or Digg. Users of Stack Overflow can earn reputation points and “badges”; for example, a person is awarded 10 reputation points for receiving an “up” vote on an answer given to a question and 5 points for the “up” vote of a question, and can receive badges for their valued contributions, which represents a kind of gamification of the traditional Q&A site. Users unlock new privileges with an increase in reputation like the ability to vote, comment, and even edit other people’s posts. All user-generated content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike license. Read More
Code Project (formerly The Code Project) is a community for computer programmers with articles on different topics and programming languages such as web development, software development, C++, Java, and other topics. Once a visitor registers a user account on the site, they can gain reputation which allows users to unlock different privileges such as the ability to store personal files in the user’s account area, have live hyperlinks in their profile biography, and more. Members can also write and upload their own articles and code for other visitors to view. Read More
Bytes.com is an online community that acts as a venue for IT and Business Professionals to share knowledge and network with each other. Over 200,000 members have joined the global network of developers and IT Professionals. Prior to early 2007, Bytes was known as thescripts, a highly popular developer community that has been online since 1996.
Game Development Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional and independent game developers.
Reddit is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Registered members submit content to the site such as links, text posts, and images, which are then voted up or down by other members. Posts are organized by subject into boards called “subreddits”, which cover a variety of topics including news, science, movies, video games, music, books, fitness, food, and image-sharing. Submissions with more up-votes appear towards the top of their subreddit and, if they receive enough votes, ultimately on the site’s front page. Despite strict rules prohibiting harassment, Reddit’s administrators spend considerable resources on moderating the site. Read More
Hard hitting articles, discussions, resources, and more all focusing on real developers in the real world. CodeGuru is where developers can come to share ideas, articles, questions, answers, tips, tricks, comments, downloads, and so much more related to programming… Just visit the site to find out more about it.
DaniWeb IT Discussion Community is an online IT message board. The website initially gained attention amongst the vBulletin community for its unique method of building an entire site, including proprietary content management system, exclusively on top of the vBulletin forum framework (in the first quarter of 2012, DaniWeb converted from vBulletin to a framework developed in-house). Read More
GameDev.net is a website dedicated to game development, founded by Kevin Hawkins, Dave Astle, and Michael Tanczos among others, in 1999. It serves as a central trade resource and media outlet for the computer and video game industry, with particular regards to hobbyist and independent developers. The site features daily news, articles, forums, job listings, product reviews, book reviews, contests, and regular columns. The site contains many tutorials for hobbyists and professionals alike with a noticeable focus on computer programming. GameDev.net is visited by a variety of people, including both professionals and hobbyists, and has a highly active user base.
SitePoint is a Melbourne, Australia-based website, and publisher of books, courses and articles for web developers. In January 2014, SitePoint.com had an Alexa ranking of 889 and a Quantcast rating of 14,934. Read More
XDA Developers (also known simply as XDA; often stylized as xda-developers) is a mobile software development community of over 6.6 million members worldwide, started on 20 December 2002. Although discussion primarily revolves around Android, members also talk about many other operating systems and mobile development topics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDA_Developers
DreamInCode is pretty much a base of operations for some of the most talented programs around. The site has a forum for asking questions, giving help, and even a caffeine lounge for an all-around conversation. The site also hosts many scripts for a variety of computer languages.
Looking for a friendly programming forum to join and grow with? We cover most major languages (C/C++, C#, PHP, Java, etc.)
Also a great place you might want to check out.
A members-only area for asking questions, discussing what you’re learning, and getting answers to problems you’ve encountered.
Those are the forums/communities. Though they are not the only ones, I believe that from those, you must find the one(s) you’re looking for. Get into them, build yourself with them, and you will notice how fun it is to work with people of same interest.
If there is anything you don’t understand, or maybe you want to ask a question, feel free to use the comment box.
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