As of 2020, YouTube has over 2.3 billion users across the world. The numbers are just increasing every year. It is ranked 2nd in global internet engagement, as per stats from Alexa. Since the platform is free, it invites creators around the world to create content on travel, news, vlogs, finance, music, education, body-building and other different niches.
One of the most popular niches on the platform is programming or technology. Why? Programming or coding is one of the few jobs that anyone can learn from anywhere at any age and get a job. I have seen people change their professions from medical professionals, lawyers, former military professionals, etc. to successful software developers.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2016 and 2026, the number of software developers is expected to grow at a rate of 24%, much faster than any other occupation in the country. This is just an estimate, the numbers will grow more with newer uncharted technologies coming up every day.
Many aspiring developers and programmers use their best coding YouTube channels to learn and grow their programming abilities. These channels not only provide coding tips but also essential job-seeking recommendations, such as assistance in developing a beautiful resume and preparing for interviews.
There are hundreds of such programming channels on YouTube from where you can learn and upskill yourself. However, I am sharing some of the best YouTube channels, in no particular order, that I believe every software developer must subscribe to.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/KalleHallden
Kalle Hallden is a software developer who loves exploring various technologies and makes proof-of-concept videos. He has made tonnes of videos using Python automation and all his videos are liked and shared across multiple platforms. He currently works from home in Sweden. His videos are extremely high quality and would make the top YouTubers jealous.
The best thing about Kalle is that he is a self-taught developer who not only does an impressive number of projects but also explains how and what he does to complete them.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/JomaOppa
Joma is a skilled developer who is known for his entertaining yet educational videos on technology, software engineering, and data science. His channel also has an excellent series of 7 episodes called Startup Series that tackles startup material with a humorous spin.
The channel also shares Joma’s interview experiences with various companies, including the FAANG companies. FAANG is an acronym given to the five best performing American tech companies, i.e., Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google. Another popular acronym is FAAMG, where M stands for Microsoft. Joma is one of the first YouTubers who popularised these acronyms.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/Freecodecamp
Quincy Larson foundedfreeCodeCamp, a non-profit organization that focuses on making web development accessible to everyone for free. The NGO consists of an interactive learning web platform, an online community forum, chat rooms, online publications, local organizations and a YouTube channel.
More and more courses are coming onto the platform that can be availed for free. Whenever someone asks me about a programming course, I recommend this channel to them without having second thoughts.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/edurekaIN
edureka! is an instructor-led platform that has a YouTube channel that is highly recommended for working professionals who continuously want to upskill themselves. The channel has an impressive 5000+ videos and has free tutorials on DevOps, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Digital Marketing, Cloud Computing, and Certification courses. The channel is highly beneficial to those who are learning new technologies, whether they are newbies or seasoned developers.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/thenewboston
This channel is the OG, the oracle from where it all started. Learning programming became popular and free on YouTube because someone decided to upload videos regularly so that people around the world could learn to code. That someone is Bucky Roberts. Bucky started the channel back in February 2008, even before the popular tech channel, Marques Brownlee (MKBHD).
Learning programming from books was extremely difficult for me and others, but the videos created by Bucky are so popular that they inspired a generation to start their own programming channels. The channel has tutorials on Java, Python, C++, Blockchain, Angular, React, Docker, Django and other popular languages and frameworks. It was over 4000+ videos.
Bucky recently created an open-source thenewboston Blockchain and is currently uploading videos to it. Hence, if you want to learn about Blockchain technology, then you must check the videos out.
TechWorld with Nana
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/TechWorldwithNana
Probably the newest channel on the list, Nana Janashia started this channel in 2019 and she has garnered 345k subscribers in 2 years. This is due to the fact that she uploads tutorials on trending DevOps technologies for free. So far, she has tutorials for Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins, Ansible, Prometheus Monitoring, Terraform, YAML, and other tools. Nana is a Docker Captain, AWS Container Hero & CNCF Ambassador.
If you are a software developer for some time, then you know that these DevOps technologies are hot in the IT market. Their tutorials are expensive if you check out Udemy or other platforms. However, Nana has made these tutorials extremely professional and easy to understand with a completely hands-on approach. If you want to excel in your career in DevOps, then this channel is a gold mine for you.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/TraversyMedia
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/WillKwan
An incredible channel started by Will Kwan, a 2016 Computer Science graduate where he creates videos on his experiments using Artificial Intelligence, and digital nomads, web development courses and many more.
I recently found this channel via YouTube recommendations and I am just amazed by watching all his videos. His videos have literally inspired me to learn more about machine learning and AI.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/JavaBrainsChannel
Undoubtedly, one of the best channels on YouTube for Java and its frameworks. Koushik Kothagal, a Staff Engineer at LinkedIn, is the creator of the channel where he uploads videos about everything a Java Developer requires while working in the software industry. His explanations of concepts are top-notch and he is often referred to as one of the best Java tutors on the platform by several viewers.
Koushik also uploads a variety of interesting videos such as “Building a Coronavirus tracker app with Spring Boot and Java”, “What is OAuth really all about”, “5 common LeetCode mistakes with Coding Interview Prep”, “What is API gateway really all about?” and many others. The channel also has videos on Angular, NodeJS, OAuth, and other frameworks.
YouTube has been one of the best platforms to learn anything, and learning to code has never been so easier with hundreds and thousands of videos being uploaded every day.
Some of the other best channels that deserve honourable mention — The Net Ninja, Derek Banas, Dev Ed, TechLead, Stefan Mischook, Programming with Mosh, in28minutes, Academind, Chris Hawkes and FireShip.
I am hopeful that you will definitely like the YouTube channels mentioned in the list that will help you to learn and grow in your software development career.
Note: The YouTube channels are not in any particular order, and the subscriber count may change by the time you are reading this.
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