The development community thrives and grows through sharing knowledge and resources. With Twitter being one of the most open social sharing platforms, it can be a great place to connect with developers and community members to ask about anything, from finding open source resources, to getting tips on making remote work better. To find the best information however, you need to look in the right places.
After reviewing several Twitter profiles, we’ve compiled a list of programming and software development influencers. From language founders, to community builders, to people trying to make the future of working in tech better, these accounts will provide insight and inspiration for your next development project.
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John Resig @jeresig (249K Followers)
Jeff Atwood @codinghorror (227K Followers)
Jeff is known for co-founding Stack Overflow, Discourse.org, and for his popular blog Coding Horror. His blog discusses software programs and the people who use them. Follow him for entertaining stories on coding successes and follies.
Paul Irish @paul_irish (223K Followers)
Paul is a front end developer at Google whose passionate about making the web, and web applications, better. His main focus is building better tools for web developers. Follow him to learn about new and upcoming web and app development resources.
Joel Spolsky @spolsky (148K Followers)
Joel is the software developer behind some of the dev community’s favorite tools. Currently the CEO of Stack Overflow, he also co-founded Fog Creek Software; the creators of Glitch and Trello.
Tracy Chou @triketora (52.7K Followers)
Tracy is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and diversity advocate. Previously a tech lead at Pinterest and a technical consultant to the U.S. Digital Service, Tracy now focuses her time on growing Project Include, a non-profit organization working to accelerate diversity and inclusion in tech.
Rasmus Lerdorf @rasmus (46.5K Followers)
Rasmus is best known as the creator of the PHP coding language. He also spent seven years as an infrastructure architect at Yahoo!, and currently works at Etsy. If you’re passionate about code, Rasmus is a must-follow.
Reto Meier @retomeier (41.8K Followers)
Reto is the tech lead for Android developer relations, and the author of several books on Android app development. You can also find him on the TIL Big Query Blog, where he presents interesting in-depth data analyses.
Amanda Rousseau @malwareunicorn (32.3K Followers)
Malware Unicorn, aka Amanda, is a Senior Malware Engineer at Endgame Inc, and has been a speaker at some of the biggest cyber security conferences in the world. Follow her to learn more about the rapidly growing field of cyber security, and to hear about some of her favorite reverse engineering tools that work for almost any development project.
Ashe Dryden @ashedryden (17.9K Followers)
After spending over 15 years as a programmer, Ashe turned her attention toward promoting diversity and inclusion in tech. She’s now considered the foremost expert on the topic. She’s also co-founded Fund Club, and is a frequent writer, consultant, and creator of AlterConf.
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Lara Hogan @lara_hogan (17.3K Followers)
Laura works as the VP of Engineering at Kickstarter, is a former Engineering Director at Etsy, and is an author of books on design and public speaking. She’s presented on the topic of User Experience around the globe and is a considered a subject matter expert.
Daniel Ratcliffe @dantwohundred (16.2K Followers)
Daniel Ratcliffe has spent a decade in the gaming industry, working on every scale of game, from small indie games to AAA console games. He also has experience in all stages of game development, and is particularly fond of C, C++, C#, Lua, and Java. Follow him to learn more about the growing game development industry.
Saron Yitbarek @saronyitbarek (11.7K Followers)
Saron is a former journalist and biochemistry researcher, who in 2013 started learning code so she could pursue her goal of becoming a developer. Based on her experiences, she founded Code Newbie to offer a supportive community for new programmers. She also hosts a weekly podcast, Ruby Book Club.
Ben Halpern @bendhalpern (9.9K Followers)
Ben is the founder of @ThePracticalDev, a community for programmers of all backgrounds and experience levels. Follow him for news and resources related to everything code, and great #devdiscuss conversations.
Iheanyi Ekechukwu @kwuchu (6.9K Followers)
Pam Selle @pamasaur (6.6K Followers)
This is only a sample of all the development influencers out there. Is there someone you enjoy following that we should add to our Twitter list? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us @ShopifyDevs.