Top Newsletters for ASP.NET Developers

How do you keep up with all of the .NET news? Today, we review some top newsletters that provide the best .NET coverage to developers.

Last Updated: October 9th, 2017 • News •
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It's always been a struggle to keep up with what's going on in the .NET community especially since .NET is now cross-platform, Azure constantly changing, and new JavaScript frameworks arriving daily.

How can you keep up with everything?

Luckily, .NET community members curate news so the .NET developers are always well-informed as to what's happening next.

Today, I want to showcase these curators of .NET links so it's a win-win for everyone: They'll receive more subscribers and you receive more ASP.NET content to keep you informed. ;-)

ASP.NET Weekly

Curator: Jerrie Pelser
Subscribers: 3,539 (as of this post)
Subscribe At: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/aspnetweekly/

Jerrie Pelser has been curating ASP.NET content for a while.

He focuses primarily on blog posts, videos, and code samples. He always finds great content from the ASP.NET community.

Don't be fooled though. Even though he has over 3,000 subscribers, he didn't grow all of them in his 11 issues from July of this year on getrevue.co. He recently switched over to a new mail provider and brought his subscribers over with him.

Sample Newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/aspnetweekly/issues/asp-net-weekly-issue-11-76037

dotNet Weekly

Curator: Bill Stavroulakis
Subscribers: 2,920 (at the time of this post)
Subscribe at: https://www.dotnetweekly.com/newsletters/

Along with ASP.NET Weekly, we also have dotNet Weekly, a newsletter curated by Bill Stavroulakis.

dotNet Weekly has been focusing on blog posts and videos every week since 2012.

Sample Newsletter: https://www.dotnetweekly.com/newsletter/show_newsletter.php?w=40&y=2017

MSDN Flash Newsletter

Curator: Microsoft
Subscribers: Unknown
Subscribe at: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/flashnewsletter.aspx

Who better to send you news about ASP.NET than the company who created it.

MSDN Flash Newsletter is a bi-weekly newsletter making developers aware of news, events, and information.

Sample Newsletter: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/mt826276

ASP.NET Community

Curator: Microsoft
Subscribers: Unknown
Subscribe at: https://www.asp.net/community (through RSS feeds)

While this isn't a curated newsletter, it has the most centralized ASP.NET content I've seen on the Internet.

The ASP.NET Community is one page containing such content as blog posts, videos, latest NuGet packages, MSDN code samples, and Azure tips and tricks.

If you examine the page, you'll see the RSS symbols. Copy that Url (like the one below) into your favorite Feed Reader (like Feedly) and you have your own newspaper to read in the morning.

Sample Content: https://www.asp.net/rss/spotlight

The MS Dev Stack Insider

Curator: Samuel Beauvois
Subscribers: Unknown
Subscribe at: https://www.asp.net/community (through RSS feeds)

Speaking of a newspaper, Samuel Beauvois curates all of his content into a newspaper format using Paper.li and calls his newsletter The MS Dev Stack Insider.

However, one drawback to Paper.li is that it only holds newsletters for one month. I tried to look at the archives and it only went back one month.

Paper.li updates are sent through Twitter and go quick (every 12 hours it updates), but once you have the URL, you can hold onto it for a month.

Sample Newsletter: https://paper.li/SamBeauvois/1317365226#/

DanylkoWeb Wire

Curator: Jonathan Danylko
Subscribers: 470
Subscribe at: https://www.danylkoweb.com/

Finally, DanylkoWeb Wire is a weekly newsletter with a large number of links pertaining to all things a full-stack web developer needs to grow his career.

As we all know, programming simply isn't .NET. Developers can't live on .NET alone. There is so much more that goes into web development.

DanylkoWeb Wire focuses on weekly links curated into categories like architecture/scale/cloud, ASP.NET/C#, Design, Database, DevOps, JavaScript, Mobile, General Programming, Security, Tools, Videos, and Web (which is simply informative and entertaining web links).

Sample Newsletter: DanylkoWeb Wire #23: This Week: Dog Food Conference, Hidden Gems in VS2017, SQL Server 2017, and a Mini C64

UPDATE: Build Azure

Curator: Chris Pietschmann
Subscribers: Unknown
Subscribe at: https://buildazure.com/subscribe/

I've mentioned before how hard it is to keep up with the cloud and all of Azure updates.

Mr. Pietschmann let's the world know about how many updates, blog posts, videos, events are occurring when it comes to Azure through his newsletter.

Every week, his newsletter is a treasure trove of content (scrolling, scrolling...when does this thing stop?) has A TON of information to wade through. His newsletter is probably the most comprehensive collection of Azure-specific links I've seen...

...and that includes Microsoft.

Sample Newsletter: https://buildazure.com/2017/10/09/azure-weekly-oct-9-2017/

BONUS: The Web Weekly Newsletter

Curator: Dan Whalin
Subscribers: Unknown
Subscribe at: https://weblogs.asp.net/dwahlin/the-web-weekly-newsletter

According to his newsletter list, Dan Whalin focuses on front-end technologies and been going strong since 2013.

His newsletter has the latest on JavaScript, HTML5, AngularJS, and CSS.

Sample Newsletter: Web Weekly Newsletter

Conclusion

In today's post, I wanted to give a shout-out to those who scour the web every day and/or week to find the best content for their readers.

I want to say thank you for your efforts with your curated content in your newsletters.

It's simply overwhelming what you guys (and gals) find on the web.

It's just amazing the ratio of learning how to do something compared to the amount of information released daily is enough for a developer's head to spin.

It's hard to keep up on everything, but if our curators find the best content pertaining to our craft, we can implement those techniques providing the best software solutions from the development community.

Was there a newsletter I missed? Do you have a favorite? Post your comments and let's discuss below.

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Jonathan Danylko is a freelance web architect and avid programmer who has been programming for over 20 years. He has developed various systems in numerous industries including e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate, health, insurance, and utility companies.

When asked what he likes to do in his spare time, he replies, "Programming."

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