How to Become a Professional Front-End Developer - What I Need to Learn?

Front-End Web Developing

Today we are here not to talk about how to become a Full-Stack Developer or Back-End developer. We are talking about how to become a professional Front-End web developer and what it takes.

There are a plenty of articles where people list the bloatware css frameworks that you need to learn if you want to become a front-end web developer. I say forget all the bloatware frameworks and focus on the essentials. Learn language behind the framework. You need to remember that frameworks are just tools.

After studying the languages behind the frameworks you can read my articles Best CSS Frameworks for Front-End Developers in 2021 and Javascript Frameworks You Should Check.

Learn HTML & CSS & SCSS

First of all you need to learn HTML and CSS and become good at it. HTML and CSS knowledge alone will let you build basic websites. Then you can make something neat with SCSS.

What is an HTML?

HTML is an acronym which stands for Hyper Text Markup Language which is used for creating web pages and web applications. Remember that you can’t even add images to a page without HTML.

You can learn HTML basics in W3Schools and Codecademy.

You should also check Codepen.io and what others have done there. It is also a great playground for build something neat. Browse other people’s projects and participate in the community there.

What is an CSS?

Cascading Style Sheets, preferably called CSS, are a simple design language. It allows you to create good-looking websites or even mobile app UI's. CSS describes how HTML elements are to be displayed.

Learn CSS in W3Schools.

What is SCSS?

Sass is a stylesheet language that’s compiled to CSS. It allows you to use variables, nested rules, mixins, functions, and more, all with a fully CSS-compatible syntax. Sass helps keep large stylesheets well-organized and makes it easy to share design within and across projects.

It is basically CSS with superpowers.

SCSS guides see: https://sass-lang.com/guide

Learn Javascript

Yes, learn vanilla javascript before you go to react or vue.js. Get familiar with the syntax. Learn basic operations on DOM. JavaScript lets you add a ton more functionality to your websites, and you can create a lot of basic web applications using nothing more than HTML, CSS, and JS.

Javascript is also the most popular programming language in the world

Learn version control

Version control will minimizes risks and reduces stress. Make sure that you become an expert at Git. Create a few repositories on GitHub or Bitbucket and share your code with other people.

Learn RESTful Services and APIs

REST, or Representational State Transfer, is an architectural style for providing standards between computer systems on the web, making it easier for systems to communicate with each other.

Even more and more there is open APIs and closed APIs available for customers that want to use them.

What is an API?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. In basic terms, APIs are a set of functions and procedures that allow for the creation of applications that access data and features of other applications, services, or operating systems.

Learn how to use Google

“If you want to become a Google Search Ninja and be able to use the advanced tools in the Google search engine to find the right information, you should take this free online Google’s Power Searching course.” - Code Spaces



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