Want to be a Developer? What Front-End Developers Should KnowVincent Nwaikwu
Front-end development is very significant when it comes to application development, be it mobile apps or web apps. It is the procedural process by which user Interface (UI) and user experience (UX) are being conceived and evaluated. Front-end development is very important because, without it, we should not be talking about UI and UX. Some individual underestimate the prominence of a front-end development because they have no idea what role it plays in application development. Front-end development is not only about making a website or app interface look good, it has a lot to do with the functionality, interactions and features of an application.
A front-end developer creates the user-facing functionality of an application using the combination of markup languages, designs and frameworks. Front-developers are tending to think as a user and create the environment of what the users see, touch and interact within an application. Front-end development is considered to be the link between the design and back-end programming, which means that the developer must be creative and tech-incline.
Since the primary goal of a front-end developer is to bring a designers’ idea to life, a front-end developer must be familiar with certain technologies and languages in other to achieve that primary goal.
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Languages to Learn
Some key languages a front-end developer must learn includes:
HTML is not a programming language as we all know, it is a markup language, such that enables some other programming languages and scripts display on a web browser. It can be referred to as the dashboard use for displaying written codes and logic. Applications require HTML as a view to output whatever logic or programmes that have been written at the back-end. Learning and mastering HTML is a must for frontend developers and at most, the first language every developer should learn.
You must have heard CSS, and if you have been researching about style sheets, then you might have heard about Sass or LESS as well. Applications consist of layers, data, design, contents and functionality, Style Sheets such as Cascading Styles Sheets (CSS) is used to apply styling to an application. CSS is responsible for the look and feel of any and every application. A front-end developer must know how to apply styles to an application using CSS or its pre-processors such as Sass and Less.
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Frameworks to know
Front-end development can sometimes be frustrating and boring if you had to write all the stylings and tags from scratch on a project that has a limited delivery time, hence developers make good use of frameworks for on-time delivery and ease of development.
What should I consider when choosing a front-end framework?
Skill-Level: When choosing a front-end framework for your project, consider a framework that comes with lots of pre-packaged useful widgets and requires less coding if you are not experienced in CSS and HTML. Otherwise, go for simpler framework but with room for customization.
Responsiveness: A front-end developer should build applications that render properly across all devices because many people who access the internet daily use different devices. To achieve this, a developer must stick to a front-end framework that supports responsive application design.
Style and Appearance: A framework that supports at least one CSS pre-processor typically Sass or LESS would be nice. A framework that can help you achieve the appearance you desire with lesser codes within minimal time.
Some frameworks a front-end developer should know includes:
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