Frontend developers are in popular demand these days. Startups and small businesses looking to digitize their products look for frontend developers to build user interfaces that delight users. Developers working in this fast-paced field are constantly learning new technologies and acquiring knowledge and experience using different libraries. They also work closely with product managers and UI/UX designers.
What is the Difference Between Backend and Frontend Development?
Unlike backend development, which focuses on the models and business logic of a system, frontend has more so to do with the user interfaces that the end-user interacts with. All of those pretty animations and micro-interactions you see in applications today are all built by a frontend developer.
What makes a good frontend developer?
It goes without saying that all frontend developers should know HTML and CSS inside and out. Knowledge using CSS frameworks is definitely a plus and can make building user interfaces much easier.
Beyond being able to keep up with trends, a good frontend developer has a great sense of style. They should be passionate about building beautiful interfaces down to the micro-interactions and animations. They are much like designers in a way, and the ones worth their salt will have worked with designer enough for their sensibilities to have rubbed off on them. Great frontend developers are also designers and are very interested in deeper topics such as consumer behavior.
What technologies should frontend developers be proficient in?
There are honestly too many libraries and frameworks to name when it comes to frontend development. So we will just name the most popular ones.
Not to be confused with Angular. AngularJS is the older version that lacks the all-encompassing functionality that the new Angular provides. However, it is still a frontend framework that is available to be used, albeit less common than React.
Vue.js doesn’t get enough credit, despite being less common than React. There are some interesting advantages using Vue, the biggest one being its small size, which is a very important factor for frontend frameworks to be successful.