Yes, I admit it, I am fanatic about programming! Being fanatic means that I am always staying current with programming news, I am doing a lot of experimentation, and I am being very playful with various programming languages.

Reddit has long been my favorite site for news but very frequently I found myself reading nonsense which had nothing to do with my real passion. I decided to take a radical step and turn Reddit into the definitive source for programming news, or the way I like to say, I decided to read Reddit the fanatic programmer way.

Here is how I did it.

I said no to all the default Reddit communities.

default reddit communities

And subscribed to various programming subreddits!

programming reddit communities
Note: I am also subscribed to math and physics subreddits as those subjects are my hobbies.

This picture includes only a fraction of the programming subreddits I subscribed to! Here is the full list:

I am also subscribed to some related communities:

Doing so turned Reddit's front page into a definitive source for programming news.

reddit’s front page (small)

I invite you to share your methods for following the latest programming buzz in the comments!


July 23, 2008, 04:50

what exactly is so fanatically radical about checking off a couple checkboxes ?

July 23, 2008, 04:55

Well, I used to collect the feeds of all programming languages and read it in my feed reader :) That way, I wont miss much.
But annoying part is that, it overflows even when it's not read for a day.

July 23, 2008, 04:57

Erhan, It was radical for me because I had not thought of it before. I was using reddit the usual way (the way it was used before it had subreddits, which you could subscribe to) and getting all those politics news, etc. And then it hit me that that I could subscribe to tens of programming subreddits!

July 23, 2008, 05:00

Ganesh, yep, rss feeds tend to overflow. Impossible to follow. I don't know a solution to rss problem.

July 23, 2008, 06:27

My idea of gathering programming reddit news is very similar to yours. Apart from those you listed, mine include
-Xkcd (for some fun, once in a while)

As for the RSS problem, it depends on what you want to do with the overflown feeds. You can either read them patiently, or "Mark all as Read" button is quite handy. YMMV

July 23, 2008, 06:48

No asm, webmaster, or django? No ada? Ptth.

JDG Permalink
July 24, 2008, 07:03

hey, what's that NSFW reddit in there? ;)

July 24, 2008, 09:16

JDG, hey ;)

f00li5h Permalink
November 07, 2008, 00:54

I'm ok with RSS, although I only have about 8 feeds...

just don't subscribe to the cpan one... it's pesky

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