This is the roadmap that I wish I had when I was starting out to become a frontend developer I came up with this roadmap which helps with the goal to becoming an all-rounded developer.
Lets dive in.
- Who is a front-end developer??
- okay, now who are backend developers?
- So how to become a front-end developer??
- what else do you need to do?
Know what you are getting into
Don't rush into frontend developer just because it's trending or because your friend tells you that you'll get a higher pay if you become a FE developer instead understand what this profession is all about
-->why do companies hire developers??
-->what problems are you expected to solve??
-->what are your responsibilities as a developer??
Who is a front-end developer??
Whether you enjoy using a website or are super prepared to click the fastest button out of it is partly a result of the design of the website, behind the immersive experience you get is a programmer we professionally refer to as a front-end developer. A front-end developer is responsible for building the layout of a website from scratch including various icons and toggles that users rely on to get a service done. They work in sync with UI UX designers and back-end developers with a mandate to ensure that web pages are purpose-built and alluring.
okay, now who are backend developers?
Back-end developers do the exact opposite of frontenders do as a programmer in the field you are expected to implement all the background stuff like development of the infrastructure, database and Communications etc. While front-end developers major in what a consumer sees, back-end guys design and observe supporting elements.
Full stack developers on the other hand mastered both Specialties and can crisscross their separate mechanics.
So how to become a front-end developer??
Develop your skills
you can use it for site maintenance and the distribution of style across web pages one way to enhance your skills with this language is by learning how it interacts with frameworks like bootstrap tailwind CSS.
Create portfolio/craft your case study
Create a portfolio also do not want to miss out on selling yourself at every opportunity one way to do this is by creating a portfolio where you can present the stuff you created to others for criticism and invent newer tricks from there not every project you include at the early stages of your front-end Development Career must be client project for emphasis the focus on cultivating your technical skill this does not mean you should exclude developing soft skills as well as you become better at communication and implementation.
Put yourself out there
Now that you're on track it's time to get more exposure you can connect with like-minded people joining global or local communities and tech products or design it helps you get to know people and learn from the experiences. I also highly encourage you to document your learnings as I suggest linkedin or twitter.
Your learnings can be documented in a written form by documenting your learnings it increases your chances of being seen by recruiters or companies.
what else do you need to do?
Practice well first thing to intensively practice coding you quickly become a pro by improving your skills consistently the work you put into familiarizing the easier it comes to you and the be the jobs you can land connected to this is the need to stay on top of emerging technologies to keep your techniques refined and up to date you can access tons of online developer communities where you meet new coders share ideas.
Apply for jobs
Apply for jobs now that you've got your case studies ready you've already talked to people in the industry i think it's time for you to start creating your portfolio and your resume and start applying for jobs.
Refine your resume at this stage and double check your case study and portfolio for any careless mistakes make sure all your links really work and apply for jobs include a cover letter if you have to.
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Do you think there are other strategies and inspiring front-end developer can apply what other skills should be learned for hiring purposes, leave your thoughts in the comments section.
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Top comments (27)
I really love this. Next time try to add some emoji in between text to read attractive. But I love this.
I want a good content on road map of react js ,node js ASAP(2-3days if possible).I will be waiting for this.
Thank you 🙏🏻
Where do you suggest applying for jobs?
I hit tons of dead ends on LinkedIn.
I've gotten more long-term opportunities on platforms like Upwork, that have lead to other temporary roles as well. But gigs and temp work is not what I'm aiming for! lol
LinkedIn for sure, it takes time but reminder to:
Great guide for the new year! I love the gifs and your images!
Thanks for reading Sarah !!
Great writeup, what is your recommendation on the type of portfolio like using Github, Codepen.io, behance, canva, or Envato?
Thank you :)
I suggest you to create a portfolio host them using GitHub pages and you can always add your links of Codepen.io, behance, canva, or Envato to it.
Hope that helps.
I forgot to add JSBin.... plugging these beginner Web Development resources for creating the skillset for making beautiful websites, I had to learn the hard way by reading books lol now everyone and their cats can code on YouTube.
For instance, you mentioned Github Pages, then I would say adding that the foremost unmentioned skillset are scaffolding, preprocessors and frameworks like Sass, Haml, Pug aka Jade, LESS, Jekyll for interacting with Github Pages, Ruby on Rails, Gulp, Grunt, Nodejs, Vuejs, Foundation, Flask and SQL...lol for a beginner, I am just a beginner, I can just make a website, few clicks of a button wheeeee
What I would like to see are page controls floating around for changing website colors, text and zoom, on most sites, they use clashing colors to burn afterimages in your eyes lol
Thank you 😊
A really useful kick-start :)
Thank you Jones. Wish you all the best on your learning :)
Your mention of the "put yourself out there" portion is quite helpful.
Thanks for your support Rakesh :) !!
Wow, this is exactly the kind of roadmap I wish I had when I was starting out in frontend development! Thank you for sharing your insights and experience with the community!
Thank you for reading !!
Not bad, but you could've done more, like telling how much of each stage/module we need to know, before we can move on to the next. Thanks anyways
Thank you for suggesting, I will be making series with more detailed recourses.
thaks alot a nice enlightment.
Thanks for reading!!
Awesome content! Love the references :)
Thank you for reading!!
You made mention of practicing codes and case study... How will a beginner be able to get a case study or sample project when, he or she has never gotten a job
Thank you !!
I suggest you to try to observe as many webpages and try to clone it by yourself, there are many clones tutorials on youtube like netflix clone is one such example. Try to go through the tutorial and keep practicing you take inspiration from clones and always try to build your own project gradually. You dont need actual job to build your own side project you can start anytime, now is the best time to build anything believe in yourself and go for it. All the best :)
Thank you so much! I am tired of using tutorials on Youtube. I needed tutorials with exercises and challenges.
Nice Artical, Are you still using jquery.
Thank you for this article.
I was looking forward to an article about career path for middle/senior FE Developers. Hope you can continue to delve into this issue.