A front-end developer develops the front end of a web application by implementing visuals and interactive elements that users will engage throughout the application. The front-end developer ensures that the web application is responsive and looks the same across different web browsers and different device screens.
Becoming a front-end developer requires the following steps
- Learn HTML and CSS
- Learn Git and understand how it Works
- Understand UX (User Experience) Design
- Develop a mini-website/web app
1. Learn HTML and CSS
HTML is the acronym for Hypertext Markup Language. It is used to create web pages that can be displayed on the world wide web. HTML elements such as (Header <h1>, Image <img>, Text <p> etc) are the building blocks of HTML pages, and without HTML you can not create a web page while CSS is the acronym for Cascading Style Sheets. CSS is used for adding style to your HTML web pages, it also describes how elements are to be displayed in different media. Learning HTML and CSS and having a very good understanding of them is very important to be a front-end developer. Fortunately, HTML and CSS are very easy to learn, therefore within a considerable period of time, you will have a proper understanding of them and begin to build web pages for the internet.
There are very good resources on the internet that will help you learn HTML and CSS better. The resources below will give you a soft landing to learning HTML and CSS.
Above all, don’t just read and learn about HTML and CSS but also practice. In other words, practice while learning.
2. Learn Git and understand how it works
Git is a distributed version control system for tracking changes in your source code. It is very important you understand git in the early stages of learning to be a front-end developer because firstly it gives you the power to undo changes to code written in the past, secondly many companies use git because it fosters and helps in the collaboration of many developers working on a project. After that get familiar with any online git repository and create a repository, install git on your machine and start storing your codes on your preferred online git repository. Here are some recommended online git repository
In addition, study your preferred online git repository documentation to learn basic git commands and have a proper understanding of the repository.
3. Understand UX (User Experience) Design
User experience design is the design process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experience to users. User experience design is all about having your users in mind while you create the front end of a web app. If users have bad experiences while using your application, they stop using the application. Therefore it renders the web app useless. Good user experience design in your application makes the users keep using your web app.
As a front-end developer it is important you think like your users, this will help you develop functional and usable front end for your web apps, as a result, make users remain longer on your app and always come back to it.
6. Develop a mini-website/web app
How else can you let the world know you are now a front-end developer? The answer is showing them what you have built.
Examples of mini web apps you can build
- A weight tracker app
- A calculator
- A recipe app
- An expense tracker
- Simple online store
- A Quiz app
In conclusion, to become a front-end developer requires that you follow the above steps with consistency and grit. It is very important you are always willing to learn more and also get better in front-end development. Therefore, you can better by working on more projects, reading front-end development articles and discussions, watch more front-end development videos, participate in front-end development discussions – sooner you will become a professional front-end developer.
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