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Venturing into front-end land

icncsx profile image DH Kim Updated on ・2 min read

I've been a professional software developer for almost half a year now, and I'm still super insecure about my front-end skills. So insecure to the point where at work I make a conscious effort to avoid front-end related tasks by citing my specialty and affinity for the back-end which is a complete lie; I like the back-end because most of my professional training and experience has been back-end oriented.

Recently, I've summoned up the courage to get out of my comfort zone and take a few courses on JS, CSS and HTML, and they've certainly helped me feel at ease about rendering something on the browser. Strangely it took me this long to discover there was a huge merit to working in the front-end: getting to interact directly with what I'm building. In front-end land, I know what I'm building is pretty ugly (😅), but at least I'm directly responsible for the mess, whereas it can be a muddy process tracking exactly what it is that I do on the back-end.

So where am I at? Well, I think I have a loose grasp of everything in JS land. A mentor advised me to start blogging to reinforce the concepts, so here I am. Over the past three weeks, I've learned tons of new things, and I thought it would be nice to share them here. You can tell me if what I learned is BS. For reference, here are some of the topics I intend to cover herein:

  • JavaScript
  • React
  • Vue
  • D3

As for how my newfound skills will help me professionally, I'm not sure. Until I get enough practice and feel like I really know what I'm doing, nothing's going to change at work; I'll continue trodding along in Clojure land which has been my favorite land as of recent. Anyways, I hope you enjoy my writing.


Posted on May 28 by:

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DH Kim


Software engineer interested in cloud computing and serverless backend services.


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Good luck with your adventures in Frontend land.

I can highly recommend bookmarking the MDN Docs they are a fantastic resource for HTML, CSS and JavaScript


Oh yes, they are quite awesome aren't they! I have MDN Docs and CSS-Tricks bookmarked :)


Great article! I had a similar journey but in the opposite direction: I started as a front-end and now I can consider myself a full-stack developer.

I'm looking forward to reading your future articles!


Thank you, Andrea, and I hope you're liking the back-end. I don't think I would be able to keep up with everything if I was a full-stack developer. Too much to track you know? Btw, I hope you are safe in Verona!


The best Developers are those who have doubts. Being insecure isn't always a bad thing. Its challenging yes; because there is something you might think is better.


I hope I'm one of those! Thanks for the uplifting message~


When you'll go to ClojureScript some clouds will disappear... and perhaps others arrive. But there are nice libraries and tools...
Keep going on... ;)


At work, we've also been using reagent and re-frame! Yes, ClojureScript has definitely introduced some new clouds: very nice looking ones I shall say :)