Public Slack Channels for Developers

In a previous blog, we discussed public Slack channels for testers. However, Slack has a wide variety of channels on topics of all kinds. Even developers can benefit from jumping into public Slack channels. 

With easy usability and a low barrier to entry, public Slack channels are a great way to stay up to date on what is happening within the larger community. Developers can learn about trends and best practices. They can also ask questions and use the community to learn from each other to excel at their jobs.

Where to Find Public Slack Channels

The only real problem with public Slack channels is that they can be hard to find, as Slack doesn’t do the work of categorizing anything.

However, there are third-party sites that do a lot of work for you and organize the channels for you, directory-style.

To look up Slack channels according to topics, try searching on:

Starting with a third-party directory will go a long way in pointing you in the right direction.

However, if you are a developer looking for some reputable public Slack channels, we’ve made a short (and convenient) list of options right here.

Note that, for this small list, we focused on more general Slack channels. However, if you are a developer looking for channels related to specific code (such as Ruby, Python, Node.js, Java, etc.), you can find channels for those as well.

Seven Public Slack Channels (for Developers)

#devchat

With 1600+ members, this is a tremendous public channel with lots of ancillary channels (50+) covering conversations on all the major languages, frameworks, DevOps, machine learning, and more. There are even channels explicitly geared towards beginners.

DevOps Chat

With almost 20,000 members, this channel not only covers essential topics such as AWS, Docker, etc., but it also offers channels for networking and job opportunities. They also provide a weekly newsletter that will come right to your inbox and is always filled with news on anything DevOps-related.

FEDS on Slack

FEDS, or Front-End Developers, have their own corner on Slack. This community covers an array of topics related to front-end development – including JavaScript, CSS, angular, and more. They also have a channel, known as #offtopic, where members can mingle and socialize. 

Slash Rocket

Build for developers of all backgrounds, Slash Rocket likes to create projects as a group – in case you were looking to team up on a fun side-development. There are plenty of discussions of all kinds going on with a vibe of friendly inclusiveness provided by the tight-knit members.

Microsoft Developer Chat

If you are a developer working specifically with Microsoft technologies, you’ve found your perfect public Slack channel. The goal of the group is to bring Microsoft developers together to share learnings.

CodingBlocks 

If you are on the hunt for more online resources or respected podcasts, this public Slack channel will give you a wealth of content to discover and explore.

Code Newbie

For those new to code, this is a significant public Slack channel for asking questions and meeting new people in the same part of the coding journey.
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