I try to subscribe to security and release announcement RSS feeds in Google Reader since it's bad practice to let software become out of date, especially on a web server. At the very least you'll know of a vulnerability and be able to patch it. Here are some important ones I use:
Having recently started development with Android, I noticed that the emulator takes ages to load up initially. My original thought was that testing a change would take a very long time. However, this is not the case. If you launch an emulator from the Eclipse SDK, you must remember not to close the emulator window. When you make changes and relaunch the application your changes will automatically be installed on the existing emulator. This is something that wasn't completely obvious to me when I started.
I feel starting out as a person who makes websites today is different than it was 12 years ago when I started. Back then I had literally no guide and I was a middle school student. Somehow, I pulled through and that experience is an interesting thing to look at now that I'm a little older. Compared to some I am still a beginning web developer, but I now do it professionally and make a living with it.
Here is a list of things I'd recommend to anyone starting out on the path of web development.
The upcoming WordPress 3.2 release will be thankfully dropping IE6 support. This is a welcome change and means themers and developers no longer have to take a step back 10 years when doing their job. I believe this change will hasten the removal of the browser since WordPress is a large chunk of the web.
Disqus is likely the most widely used commenting system on the web today. It has many advantages. The one I find most convenient is that all of your Disqus comments are linked into one account and you don't have to enter credentials on 50 different sites when you want to comment. I even use it for the comments here.
If you have an older Wordpress blog you probably have thousands of comments with the built in comment system. The steps to migrating over to Disqus are as follows:
If you're like me you have a lot of passwords. I literally have hundreds and it's impossible to keep them all straight while keeping security in mind.
ITWorld has a new article up about Joomla vs. Drupal and contains viewpoints of different developers. I was asked by the author to give some insight on using either CMS so I'm in there around page two. It's an interesting article because it's not from the perspective of one person and seems to cover many bases.