Local events and meetups are great ways to get involved with other developers, learn, contribute, and make connections. Don’t wait until you are ready to look for work: let it be a part of what it means for you to become a web developer in the first place.
Listening to technical and tech-light podcasts are a great way to ease yourself into the coding community. Check out these good ones:
Find your local techies via Meetup groups and Eventbrite events. These often take the form of workshops or classes, which is a great way to level up your skillset.
Hackathons are great for collaborating with other developers in an intense way to build brand new projects from the ground up.
- Brooklyn Hackathon Events
- AngelHack, a company that hosts hackathons in different cities.
- Devpost, a hackathon directory of online and in-person hackathons around the globe.
Check out Stack Overflow, Reddit technology subreddits like /r/learnprogramming, and chat rooms like Gitter.