Every year I look forward to December 1st when web professional and business websites post their online advent calendars. Who wouldn’t want early holiday gifts of knowledge and advice from fellow colleagues?
From CSS to accessibility to PHP to WordPress to system admin resources, and more, you’ll find a calendar for your interests.
This year marks the eighth year I’ve published a collection of online Advent calendars for web professionals.
Whether you’re a web designer, developer, programmers, user experience professional, digital marketer, blogger, or writer, you’re bound to find an interesting Advent calendar in my collection.
If you’ve been a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll notice some of the regulars in the list: 24 ways, Perl, Sys Advent, and several new ones.
Take a look at this year’s roundup of calendars and let me know what your favorite is.
Advent Calendars for Web Professionals
One of the first web-focused online Advent calendars I learned about is the 24 ways calendar for web geeks.
Celebrating its 15th year of publication, you’ll find a daily dose of web design and development goodies to help you with your projects.
Back for a third year, 24 Accessibility returns to offer 24 days of digital accessibility wisdom from experts around the world.
Whether you’re a novice or an expert in digital accessibility, you’re bound to find an article to pique your interests.
Perl Advent Calendar
Celebrating its 20th year, the 2019 Perl Advent Calendar promises entertaining stories as the authors share 24 days of merry Perl code.
I loved Day 1!
24 Days in December
No matter what you use in the PHP space, whether it’s Drupal, WordPress, Magento, or something else, you’ll enjoy the 24 Days in December calendar, focused on the PHP programming language.
No, there aren’t code snippets in the daily posts.
What I’ve enjoyed about this calendar are the stories the authors share about their PHP work.
IT Security Advent Calendar
Another new calendar this year is the IT Security Advent Calendar from Infowebica, with tips for improving your online safety to help you stay on top of protecting your digital devices, data, and network.
Advent of Code
Created by Eric Wastl, the 2019 Advent of Code calendar offers fun programming puzzles for you to solve.
The puzzles are for a variety of skills sets and experiences. Use whatever programming language you want to solve them.
Note: to play the puzzles, you’ll need to identify yourself with Github, Google, Twitter, or Reddit.
Web Performance Calendar
The speed geek’s favorite time of the year, the Web Performance Calendar from Planet Performance delivers tactics and strategies for improving performance in your web apps and sites.
Look for popular Agile & Lean UX news articles to be highlighted in the 2019 Lean UXmas calendar, curated by Kathryn Leach and Adrian Howard from QuietStars.
24 Jours de Web
The Advent calendar for people who work on the web, 24 Jours de Web is back for the eighth year publishing daily articles about web design, development, working with clients, accessibility and more.
Note: the calendar is in French. I used Chrome to translate the text to English.
25 Days of Goodies
A new advent calendar this year, the 26 Days of Goodies for designers delivers design discounts, exclusive webinars, ebooks, downloads, and resources to you every day.
After taking a few years off, Elliott Richmond is relaunching WP Snippets til Christmas this year with daily WordPress code snippets.
Ladies of Code 2019 Advent Calendar
Another new advent calendar this year is the Ladies of Code Advent Calendar.
While I couldn’t find anything on their site that described what their calendar will include, their first post about web accessibility caught my attention.
Sarah Drasner’s DevAdvent Calendar
For the second year, Sarah Drasner will highlight a person/project that she likes and thinks other people will benefit from knowing about.
Look for her daily tweet with the hashtag #devAdvent and her Twitter handle @sarah_edo.
Note: the hashtag alone will bring up other tweets, so you’ll want to use both her Twitter handle and hashtag.
Sys Advent Calendar
One of the oldest technology-focused Advent calendars, the Sys Advent Calendar highlights technology articles dealing with systems administration, engineering, devops, home automation, and management.
For the third annual #merryCSSmas, Tommy Hodgins is featuring 25 fun things you can do to transform valid custom CSS syntax into other things.
Find his daily tweet with the hashtag #merryCSSmas on Twitter.
It’s a Shape Christmas
Glad to see It’s a Shape Christmas is back this year, they skipped publishing a 2018 advent calendar. This year the It’s a Shape Christmas calendar featuring daily illustrations will be selecting their favorite submissions from the past eight years.
Sustainable Business Advent Calendar
While not directly focused on the web,the tips and practical ideas in the Sustainable Business Advent Calendar for making your business sustainable are helpful for businesses, whether they employ remote workers or are looking to improve their sustainability.
My Extended Advent Calendar
Another new advent calendar this year, My Extended Advent Calendar from Marco Zehe, started earlier on November 25, 2019.
According to his website, the 30-day series is about “anything and everything.” I’ve discovered tips on navigating Firefox toolbars with the keyboard, thoughts on artificial intelligence creating image descriptions, as well as thoughts on Mastodon.
Have you found any other web-related Advent calendars? Share them in the comments!