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The best and updated guide to front end development in 2021

In this article, you will learn everything about front end development, the steps to follow if you intend on becoming one, important trends to keep an eye on and so much more.

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The best and updated guide to front end development in 2021

You must have stumbled on the word “Web development” while scrolling through your social media accounts or surfing on the internet. Have you ever wondered why a website looks a certain way and how it is made to look that way? Or “I wish I could pull off something like that?”. Web designing determines the way a website looks while front end development is how it gets implemented on the web.

Everything that you see on the website is built with the help of front-end development (also known as front-end web development) and the people making it happen are known as Front end developers.

“A front end web developer is a software engineer who implements web designs through coding languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript”. If you visit any website, you can see the work of a front-end developer in the navigation, layout, and how the site looks different on your phone. For instance, the InvoZone website where you’re reading this article right now. 

Are front end developers in demand in 2021?

Web development is one of the most in-demand industry skills today. Take a look at downloads of popular packages like “express”, “react” or “jquery” over the last five years, you will see one common pattern and that is the constant increase in its use. 

The Stackoverflow survey for 2020 contains “backend’ and “frontend” as two of the top three developer professions in the world.

This clearly demonstrates that web development is an asset to have in 2021. This guide to front end development will set you in the right direction to equip yourself with useful skills.

Why do you need to choose/specify?

The need to specify what you want to learn in website development is important to have a clear idea of your future. The problem with website development today is the excess of information that creates ambiguity and confusion in the minds of newcomers. The amount of information available on the internet can overwhelm and put you under pressure before even starting out. You shouldn’t indulge in irrelevant information as to what will be in demand three years from now and what you should learn keeping that in mind. This will not lead you anywhere, specify what you want to learn and start learning. The key here is: “YOU DON’T NEED TO LEARN EVERYTHING”.

Read more on: HOW TO CHOOSE WEB DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY STACK?

You don’t need to learn everything there is to learn

You don’t need to give in to a common misconception that it’s compulsory to learn everything to become a great web developer. This will only put you down.

  • You should own a complete tech stack. It will allow you to create any project that you would like to.
  • Familiarity with all the tools in the ecosystem is a good thing. This doesn’t mean that you should learn all of them but have a basic idea of them all.

So, how do you become a front end developer in 2021?

If you want to become a front end developer in 2021 as this guide promises to help with, you should be familiar with some of the fundamental skills needed to become one.

Skills you need to become a front end developer

  • HTML/CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript Frameworks
  • Front End Frameworks
  • CSS Preprocessors
  • RESTful Services/APIs
  • Responsive/Mobile Design
  • Cross-Browser Development
  • Content Management Systems
  • Testing/Debugging
  • Git/Version Control
  • Problem Solving

What are the key front end developers’ skills?

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

The code that frontend developers write runs inside the users’ web browser known as the client-side as opposed to the back-end developers whose code runs server-side using open source runtime environments like Node.js or with the help of programming languages like Python. 

To learn more about backend web development: HOW TO MAKE BACKEND FOR WEBSITE: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

HTML and CSS

HTML (Hyper Text Markup language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) serve as the most basic building blocks of web coding. Without these two fundamental skills, you can’t create a web design. If you intend to become a web developer, you should learn HTML and CSS. This will not take more than a few weeks to get a basic understanding of either of these and you will have a workable grasp on both of these.

You can start building a basic website with the help of these two and practice what you have learned.

JavaScript

Learning JavaScript alongside HTML and CSS will let you add various functionality to websites. At the most basic level, JavaScript can be used to create and control maps that update in real-time, interactive films, and online games. For instance, applications like Pinterest use JS to make their site interface easy to navigate. 

It is also the most popular programming language in the world and that should relieve you of the stress if it will be in demand three years down the lane.

Trends that front end developers’ should keep an eye on in 2021

Frontend developers evolve like anything and staying updated is a time-consuming and challenging task but does have its benefits. Some of the emerging trends that you should learn in 2021 are given below:

  • Headless Architecture
  • Isomorphic Applications
  • Typescript
  • Micro Frontends
  • Website components
  • GraphQL
  • JAMstack
  • Frameworks
  • Progressive Web Applications
  • Component-Based Development

It is important to keep an eye out for the trends if you want to excel in this industry. As challenging as it sounds, it is as rewarding as well. 

If you would like to hire front end developers or experts in web design and development, get in touch with us. We at InvoZone are known for our credible and commendable services along with consultations for you to get clarity and illustrate your ideas to us.

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