Skills

Here are 7 things you’ll need to know…

1. How to Write in HTML and CSS

Why:Because HTML and CSS are the foundational source code languages, you won’t get far as a front-end developer without knowing these languages.

How: You can gain a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and other source code languages through higher education or online tutorials like those found on W3Schools.

2. How to Write in JavaScript

Why:You can make basic websites with just HTML and CSS, but to excel and succeed as a front-end developer, you need to know JavaScript too.

How: Just like with HTML and CSS, you can learn JavaScript through taking classes or online tutorials. W3Schools is also a great resource for those new to learning JavaScript.

3. How to Work with Front-End Frameworks and Libraries

Why: Frameworks and libraries are the tools of the trade for front-end developers. The same way that artists keep a toolkit with detail brushes and paint knives, frameworks and libraries are necessary additions to the toolkit of any good front-end developer.

How: Check out our resource page to learn more about front-end frameworks and libraries. Also, W3Schools has a great tutorial for those new to AngularJS.

4. How to Create Responsive Designs

Why: Responsive design separates amateur developers from professional developers. Websites are no longer viewed on desktop screens alone. They are also viewed on laptops, tablets, and phone screens making responsive design a necessity for any professional website.

How: You can learn about responsive design and how to implement it through higher education and online tutorials, just like the source code languages you’ve learned. As with some of the other skills, W3Schools is a great resource for learning about responsive design.

5. How to Utilize Good Graphic Design

Why: A perfectly function website might be totally usable without good graphic design. Good graphic design doesn’t just make your website pretty; it helps direct users to the right content and accomplish their goals without struggling. Bad graphic design can confuse users and frustrate them or cause them to give up. Even if your design looks amazing, it still has to be usable for your users.

How:Good graphic design is sometimes a hard skill to master. You can take classes in higher education to learn the basics, which will prepare you to get started. You can also utilize online resources such as design blogs and tutorials and take on internships or entry level jobs that pair you with experts in the field who you can learn from. Some basics to always keep in mind are the user-centered design process, accessibility standards, visual hierarchy, and color theory.

6. How to Utilize Good Technical Writing

Why: Good technical writing skills are necessary for communicating complex ideas in simple terms that can be understood by everyone on your team. Having good technical writings skills makes you a better communicator with members of your team and members outside your team such as clients and users. This skill is also helpful when writing documentation, leaving comments in your code, and organizing information on your website.

How: Like good graphic design, good technical writing is sometimes a hard skill to master. You can take classes in higher education to learn the basics, which will prepare you to get started. You can also utilize online resources such as technical writing blogs and tutorials and take on internships or entry level jobs that pair you with experts in the field who you can learn from. Some basics to always keep in mind are plain language standards, typography, search engine optimization, and, of course, good spelling and grammar.

7. How to Stay Updated on the Latest Trends

Why: The world is changing all the time and so is the web. New design trends are emerging all the time and its important for web developers to stay up to date. This gives users the best possible experience keeps your websites on the competitive edge.

How: Stay engaged in front-end development communities. Be sure to subscribe to blogs, channels, and streams for web developers. Find the ones you like and stay tuned for any new styles, trends, techniques, and designs.

We hope you enjoyed our list of top skills and that it will help you on your journey to becoming a great front end developer!