Front-End Developer Skills
If you are looking to become a Front-End Developer, this is the essential skills for front-end developer that you might need to have in order to land a job as a front end developer.
HTML is a markup language that front end developers almost used by every single day to build the basics structure of the site block by block.
If you are just start out, I recommend you start from the Basics HTML tutorial.
- HTML Structures
- HTML Text and Text Formatting
- HTML Comments
- HTML 5
- HTML Elements
- HTML Attributes
- HTML Start & End Tags
CSS is a style sheet language that front end developers use to change and updates the HTML styles to makes the website look beautiful by changing the HTML blocks colors, font styles, layout and more.
Go Deeper with CSS 3
If are already mastered the CSS, It’s recommend to go deeper with CSS and learn CSS 3. Although it’s not required to learn CSS3 to get your site look beautiful, however if you it’s a good PLUS if you good at it.
By default, the HTML isn’t responsive for all the devices. When you are opening HTML web page with desktop it might be fine. But if you are opening the HTML page with small screen devices on smart phone.
Then, the web page might looks weird if you don’t built the site with responsive.
Front end developer often mastered at least one CSS framework. It’s recommend learning at least one CSS framework if you are planning to become a front end developer. However, it’s not required to learn all the CSS frameworks.
- Bootstrap – Bootstrap is one of the most popular framework over the web development. As a completely beginners, it’s good to start with the Bootstrap framework to build your site that fit both computer and mobile devices.
- Material Design Lite (MDL)
- Metro UI
- Semantic UI
- ES6+ modules
- Restful and API
- jQuery – Also Read You Don’t Need jQuery
I’ve also a Free training to help you get start of understand the difference between good code and bad code.
Code Version Control
Git is one of the most popular and widely use tool for front end developer for version control. It’s very useful and highly recommend learning Git as it’s not very difficult to learn.
Alternative can learn more about the Mercurial or SVN.
Web Developer Tools
Front end developers use web developer tools to improve productivity, testing and debugging their code. There are tons of tools and resources over the internet. I would recommend a few that I often use to build site.
Testing and Debugging
- Browser Developer Console
Page Speed Test
To make production more productivity, front end developer often mastered the keyboard shortcut of the tools they are using.
If you would like to stand out and build things faster than most developers. Then, it’s highly recommend to get yourself good at the keyboard shortcuts of tools you are frequently used.
Basic Server-Side Knowledge
However, if you want to stand out or going beyond your limit. It’s recommend knowing the fundamental of server-side programming and Linux basics.
Although it’s not required to learn server-side stuffs. It’s good to learn some of the basics that help you get to know the web deeper.
To be more accurate that front end developer really do, I recommend you research about front end developer job description of the area you are living or you are planning to work.
Although the job description, roles and responsible of the front end developer are almost the similar. However, front end developer job description from difference country or city might difference. It’s all depending on your employer requirement.