What is a Front-End Developer?
The world of Front-End Development can be defined as anything related to building client-side applications that are viewed in the web browser. You’ll be working on everything a User encounters. The front end is going to be the first thing that a user will see and interact with, so performance is paramount.
As a Front-End Developer, you’ll ensure that this crucial component is built with maintainability, scalability, and performance in mind.
Front-end design connects two worlds—the world of UI design with pixel-polished interfaces and the world of application-level development with business logic. Front-end developers turn designs into reality.
Front end languages
Web development is rooted in three core languages which account for nearly everything that you see and use on the internet.
HTML: As a markup language, HTML is responsible for the flow and structure of the text on a webpage and provides a system for tagging that text for further enhancement using CSS.
CSS: Another popular programming language and staple addition to the front development of your website is CSS. Short for Cascading Style Sheets, when programmed into the running of your site, CSS can describe how the HTML elements on the site are displayed and presented onto the screen.
Front end frameworks
- Bootstrap: It’s very popular with designers of all skill levels. In fact, it’s the most-used open source framework available. Continuous updates mean you’ll always have the latest tools. This framework supports the most common languages and pre-processors, and it adheres to the latest standards for responsive app design.
- Foundation: Offers a lot of flexibility and customizability. Good for those who are experienced with front-end development and like to cover the basics while retaining a lot of creative control.
- Stylus: Expressive and stylish CSS language. This framework can only be used on Node.js applications.
- Semantic UI: Concise, intuitive, and makes debugging your code nice and simple. It gives you a lot of design freedom and adapts to your needs.
- UI Kit: The framework to use if you’re interested in developing iOS apps. It has a basic style that makes it easy to develop your own site look.
- AngularJS: Another front end development language. Offering a practical and scalable application, AngularJS combines functionality and the ability to create visually attractive web designs. This scalability that the Angular offers its web developers is one of its most popular features and one that has seen it rise in popularity.
Learning about the design aspect is the next logical progression for everyone from graphic artists looking to expand or update their credentials to business owners working to build brand awareness.
Choosing state-of-the-art tools and frameworks makes the job more efficient and rewarding. The result will be an appealing, hassle-free interface for users without requiring a lot of technological skill from the designer.