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The best ever Reddit programming threads – a 10th birthday special

Natali Vlatko
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It’s been ten years since the first post on Reddit (which was of course immediately downvoted). As Reddit devotees, we wanted to show our love for the self-proclaimed “Front page of the Internet” by listing our favourite Reddit programming threads.

This week, Reddit is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary on the World Wide Web. For many developers and tech heads, Reddit is a source of information, entertainment and news that brings together people, ideas and experiences from across the globe.

Reddit has been important for us tech journalists, too. It provides us with opinions on new and up-coming technologies, helps us to better understand certain frameworks, as well as ease some of that pre-deadline stress.

To celebrate their tenth birthday, we’ve rounded up our all-time top ten favourite programming-related threads, from all corners of Reddit. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

From /r/learnprogramming

Complete with its own timeline, this great thread tells the story of someone who enjoyed programming enough to take it from hobby to career. A real testament to the incredible resource that Reddit can be.

A public school teacher posts his best assignments in Java, with a pace that matches his own students rather than the online academies around today. A great resource for those learning or would-be teachers of the language.

A common conundrum for many programmers starting out – this thread is a great read for all those who find themselves having doubts about their everyday programming tasks. Spoiler alert: it’s totally normal.

From /r/java

A great post detailing one developer’s reconnection with Java, with the ensuing comments providing a lot of other great tips and tricks for the language.

While not exactly the most interesting piece of homework to be posted on Reddit, the way that commenter Kristler is able to get the submitter to actually think about the problem like a programmer is testament of what Reddit does best.

Of course, we couldn’t mention the Java subreddit without a post about the Ask Toolbar making the cut. Everyone’s favourite adware to hate has had a tonne of upvotes and shows just how much the practice is frowned upon. Speaking of the toolbar…

This website’s article about a petition to remove the Ask Toolbar got quite a lot of attention at the time it was published. The debate ranged from the overall value the petition could have, to an actual employee from posting the instructions on how to remove it!

Although usually the “famous people” AMA (ask me anything) threads are the most popular, we loved seeing the team behind Google Guava and Goggle Dagger chatting with the community about their tools. The questions and answers are extremely detailed and a great read.

From /r/opensource

A great story to the testament of open source, and for the appreciation of what good, working code can do when done right.

Not technically an “official” AMA, but a great thread where user directhex has happily answered questions from the community as one of the main maintainers of the Mono software stack in Debian and Ubuntu. Lengthy, but worth it.

Of course, there are many more posts and threads we love that are not exactly on topic, but we’ve stuck to what we know best. Any epic Reddit threads missing from the list? Share your favourites in the comments below.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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