When you live and work in an industry as fast paced as software development, it can be difficult to stay current on all of the emerging and evolving technologies in the field. Even if you're primarily a Microsoft developer and you don't have to keep up with all of the open source projects in the world, it can be next to impossible to keep track of everything coming out of Redmond these days (such as LINQ, IIS 7, Longhorn Server, ASP.NET AJAX, etc.).
Thankfully the world of blogging has made this task a little easier to manage. By watching a handful of blogs that are at the center of critical technologies (such as Telerik Watch for tracking Telerik or Win SuperSite for tracking Windows) we can catch important technology announcements without the need to dig around for press releases and release notes.
My Google Homepage has an "Industry Watch" tab dedicated to feeds that give me a bird's-eye view of the ASP.NET and Microsoft development technologies world. The information I gather from these feeds allows me to deliver breaking news to you here on Telerik Watch and keep my knowledge on all things .NET sharp. Here are some of the top feeds from my "Industry Watch" tab:
- ScottGu's Blog - Scott is the Microsoft General Manager for the CLR, .NET Compact Framework, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, WPF and WPF/E, IIS, Commerce Server, and the Visual Studio tool support for Web and WPF applications
- Sam Gentile's Blog - all around .NET guru and self proclaimed "pulse of the .NET community"
- IE Team Blog - all things IE straight from the horse's mouth
- IIS News - updates from the IIS team
- SuperSite for Windows - Paul Thurrott dishes out all of the dirt on Windows and Office
- Brian Goldfarb's Blog - Microsoft PM for Web Development Technologies
- ASP.NET AJAX Team Blogs - a collection of posts from various ASP.NET AJAX team members, such as Brad Abrams, Shawn Burke, and Nikhil Kothari
- Telerik Blogs - duh
- Component Art Blogs and Infragistics Blogs - gotta watch the other guys, too
- Engadget (I love gadgets), digg (for obscure news), CNET (for real news), ASP.NET Daily Articles (for coding tips), and a handful of other news sites like eWeek and InformationWeek
What's on your "Industry Watch" tab?