March 28, 2018

5 skills that a front-end developer should have!

Front-end developer holds a special place in web development segment, as they are the key to engage users, privilege organizations or associates, and encourages development companies to commit futuristic solutions.

Being a developer, a technical geek has a plenty of responsibilities, including ease of navigational system, impressive load time, future ready functionalities, and knowledge of eminent technologies. While on the other side, they must be able to understand the requirements and client’s persona to execute and develop user-centric solutions.

“Take a note that front-end developer can build or ruin the complete presence of a website, portal or anything that’s going to communicate with the potential user/customer. So, be focused while you go to choose someone for your online appearance.”

According to a research, there are around 67k front-end developers available worldwide and the highest numbers are appearing from the USA, which have around 28,407 developers. The country is left all other countries way behind and rule the industry. You can find out country-wise numbers of developers, here:

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Those numbers can showcase the competition and the requirement of being updated about eminent technologies. Having a great knowledge, years of experience, and proven work portfolio might make a geek more preferable, but can’t assure a business to get the desired success.

To get assured success and trending solutions under pocket-friendly budgets and proven expertise.
To get accountable and performing association, a business needs to know the 5 basic skills that a front-end developer or development company should have. Those skills will ensure the path of success and make them confident about the right selection. Take a look at those 5 skills, here:

5 skills that a front-end developer should have!

Front-end developer is the key of successful development and success always determines through user engagement. Being a developer, there are 5 basic skills that a geek should have to get successful career. Take a look at them:

1. HTML & CSS

Traditional but fundamental things that a front-end developer should know. These basic elements help a developer to expressively bound elements and create engaging UX. Without the knowledge of these two things, a developer can’t create a single website, even can’t access the styles that improve formatting.
Basic technical elements such as “div”, “sections”, “classes”, etc. identically required to create a well-formatted website, where a developer can implement functional coding. Although a designer used to provide well-structured, formatted and designed HTML, but being a developer, we have to know the basic modifications, so, we can moderate things according to our own functional requirement.

2. JavaScript

Moving towards something functional, we need to implement some scripts that contain & perform those functions, and without knowing the conceptual knowledge, we can’t move ahead and end-up with an unimpressive website, known as static one.

JavaScript basically a set of functions that allow us to call them according to the requirement or create something that help us in interactive operations. This is the most popular language among front-end and back-end developers.

According to the Stack Overflow 2017 survey, JavaScript is the leading and most popular language among developers and dominates the market with 62.5% shares in most popular programming language segment,
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According to the above chart, JavaScript has the highest popularity among all programming languages, while on other side, Python gain hype in 2017 and surpasses PHP in the list with around 32% market shares.

3. jQuery

To simplify the efforts of developers and client-side scripting, “John Resig” developed a cross-platform JavaScript library that contains a collection of plugins and extensions. This cross-platform JavaScript library is known as jQuery.

With the help of jQuery, a front-end developer can access plenty of available plugins and extensions and implement engaging animations, handle events, and modify them as per the requirement. Rather writing code from scratch, using pre-build functions and existing extensions, will improve performance and productivity.
To make your project successful, let’s discuss it with our dexterous front-end developers, who have proven records and years of experience.

4. JavaScript Framework

Having the knowledge of JavaScript will make you conceptually strong and allow you to alter or moderate any function according to your requirement. But sometimes, we have to use similar or traditional functions several times and writing them in JavaScript will surely consume a lot of time.

That’s why being a developer, we should have the knowledge of different JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, Backbone, Node, Ember, React, etc. These popular frameworks have ready-made structures, functions, and scripts, and help us to implement different functionalities with a click.

According to the Stack Overflow survey, JavaScript is the most popular in professional category and most loved learning language among fresh developers. Even, according to this survey, it leads web development language segment with around 81.7% market shares,

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According to the above chart, it’s clear that JavaScript is the trendiest technique that’s accepted across the globe and preferred by the professional and leading giants. For an example, major giants like – New York Times, Vimeo, Uber, Animal Planet, Fox Studios, Amazon, and several others are using different JavaScript frameworks in their web structure.

5. Debugging & Testing

Being a developer, we have to know the drawbacks of our coding structure, and should have the knowledge of different testing techniques such as unit testing, UI testing, etc. By having the knowledge of testing frameworks, we can identify bugs and code errors and can improvise them before the deployment.

Through unit testing framework, we can check individual blocks and identify the bugs more specifically, whereas UI testing allow us to identify the website behavior and ensure it’s working as it should when a user takes the appropriate action.

Infograph of Front-end developer skills

Take a look at the graphical representation of front-end developers’ 5 basic skills, here:

5 basic skills Infograph
Infograph, designed by Dmitry Budko!
Keep your eyes on these skills either you are a front-end developer or an organization, who is seeking a solution for their business operations. As those skills decide your success and boost your opportunities in the web development industry.

Conclusion

Front-end development requires an in-depth knowledge of eminent technologies and focused approach to get desired results in terms of user retention and better engagement. For getting such success, being a developer, we should have 5 skills, including – basic knowledge of HTML & CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, JS framework, and debugging/testing.

A technical geek should be responsible for the successful deployment and success comes when the delivered solution work well without any bug. So, if you are a developer, then look up those skills and improve them to get more opportunities or if you are a seeker, then get to know the things that can make or ruin your project, by knowing the skill set required by a front-end developer. Being an eminent eCommerce development company, We have those skills that’s why we’re recognized as a top ecommerce company on DesignRush

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