What You Need to Know to Be a Front End Developer
Have you ever looked at your desired website and wondered exactly what made it tick? Have you looked at the way it was laid out, the way the buttons acted when you clicked them, or any other part and thought, “I wonder how complicated that is?” or, “I wish I could do that”?
All of those things are front end development (sometimes also called “front end web development”). While web design is the way a website looks, front end development is how that design actually gets implemented on the web. Meanwhile, a front end web developer is the person who does that implementation.
What Skills do Front End Web Developers Use?
The code they write runs inside the user’s browser (as opposed to a back end developer, whose code runs on the web server). Think of it a little like this: the back end developer is like the engineer who designs and creates the systems that make a city work (electricity, water and sewer, zoning, etc.), while the front end developer is the one who lays out the streets and makes sure everything is connected properly so people can live their lives (a simplified analogy, but you get the rough idea).
A front end web developer is also in charge of making sure that there are no errors or bugs on the front end, as well as making sure that the design appears as it’s supposed to across various platforms and browsers.
HTML & CSS
Front End Frameworks
Experience with CSS Preprocessors
Experience with RESTful Services and APIs
Responsive and Mobile Design
Content Management Systems and E-commerce Platforms
Testing and Debugging
Git and Version Control Systems
Problem Solving Skills
If there’s one thing that all front end developers have to have, regardless of the job description or official title, its excellent problem solving skills. From figuring out how to best implement a design, to fixing bugs that crop up, to figuring out how to make your front end code work with the backend code being implemented, development is all about creative problem solving.