Front-end web developer — we’ve heard the term, but what exactly is that?
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That all sounds good on paper, but when you start reading the job descriptions for front-end web developer positions, things start getting a little dubious. The job requirements for one compared to another are often a night-and-day difference.
Many other times, it seems as if the employer isn’t even in the market for a frond end web developer — but rather looking for full-stack devs. For example, one recent senior front end position listed on Indeed lists these requirements along with nice-to-haves:
- Web-based UI Design/Development
- CSS driven layouts
- Interfacing against REST Services
- Familiarity with JetBrains IDEs and Visual Studio
- OOP principals
- Microsoft Programming Best Practices
Nice to Have
- Proficient in Linux
- C#.NET Programming
While another listing gives these as requirements:
- 5+ years of experience
- Creation and maintenance of WordPress Templates and plugins
- Experience with testing platforms like Optimizely, Test & Target, Launch Darkly, etc.
- Familiar with Single Page Applications using React, Vue.js, or AngularJS
- Familiarity with GA 360 a plus
- Ability to communicate well cross functionally
- Self-starter with the ability to identify areas of improvement and go after them
- Attention to detail and has a high quality of work standards
In a perfect world, front end developers would be encouraged to focus on the true front end of things, not fussing with backend languages like PHP and C# or have intimate knowledge of proprietary testing platforms.
In the first job listing, it also implies that a front end web developer with backend experience get priority. In other words — full stack devs!
So what’s up with this? How can a front end web developer navigate the freelancing world, which is also increasingly demanding full-stack knowledge?
:40 I need to pay a bill
2:12: I need to pay another bill
3:50: What are front end developers?
5:17: Where are the back end devs?
7:30: What are employers demanding for front-end devs?
10:40: Should code newbies just learn *everything* for better success?
12:00: What is your “bonus skill?”
12:30: Being marginally better is all you have to do
16:21: People have no idea what developers do & demand ridiculous things
17:20: Biggest problem web developers face
18:25: Freelance vs. Corporate front end development roles
20:00: Client has major problem. Where to start?
21:40: The dirty D word
22:50: What’s the #1 skill all front end developers MUST have?
27:10: Web development portfolios: Grab that social proof!
29:00: Business owners need you NOW!!!!!11
30:50: Where are clients??
32:40 How to be a better problem solver?
33:50: All basics problems have been solved
36:00: What is at the center of front end development?
38:50: Humanity vs. UX/UI
42:00 Testing your site, like really testing it
44:07 Front End jobs == the new marketing job?
49:00 My talk with Netflix
51:40 Those ****** passive/aggressive popups!
52:55: The web is one big emotional thing