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What are the strategies for a front end developer to keep up to date with the emerging technologies?

My answer to What are the strategies for a front end developer to keep up to date with the emerging technologies? on Quora

Step one: find developers who you respect and subscribe to their blogs, follow them on Twitter/Google+/etc and try to understand what they are talking about and what they think is exciting.

Step two: find some good dedicated online communities relating to those topics—mailing lists, forums, sub-reddits, Quora topics and so on. Get involved there.

Step three: figure out the most vibrant conferences around that topic and go to one of them. For JavaScript Full Frontal in the UK or any of the JSconf series are worth a look. If you don’t want to splash out for a conference, seek out local meetups and user groups and go to some free evening networking events.