In addition to communities and mentorship programs, online forums round out the trio fo best places to look for coding help.

In this post I’ll go over where to find the top developer forums for your skill-set.

StackOverflow

stackoverflow logoStackOverflow is hands down the most robust developer forum online.

The site consists of thousands of active developers, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of answered questions.

Sooner or later, you’re going to become very familiar with this system. While you can browse and view questions and answers without a membership, I recommend registering for a free account.

This will allow you to ask and answer questions, and will give you an opportunity to “build rank” within the community. Basically, you get points for providing cohesive responses, and having those responses voted up within the community.

One of the aspects of StackOverflow that makes it so popular is the community-knowledge approach. It’s common for questions to receive multiple answers, and subsequent discussions about which solution is best. Viewers can vote answers up and down, which provides a self-managed monitoring system helping you figure out what information you can trust.

Google Developer’s Forum

google developers forum logoThough not as popular as StackOverflow, Google also has a developer’s forum focused on a similar question and answer approach.

Unfortunately, I feel like this platform has grown slightly out of favor, leaving many of the answers dated and (at times) inapplicable to newer software versions.

Open Source Projects

Finally, if you’re using a piece of open source software, many of the projects have built in forums and/or wikis for developers to access.

If you have a question that is specific to the project, you can post it on the site. Many of these are monitored not just by the community, but by the leading developers on the project, meaning you’ll often be able to get a response directly from one of the contributors to the project.

GitHub and Sourceforge are two great places to start, but there are tons of open source clubs for different languages scattered across the web.

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