Besides these obvious things, what else do you need to know to become a front end developer?
Here are the things employers would be looking for in you if they are to interview for the said job title.
1) HTML & CSS
These two languages are the basic building blocks of web coding and must be mastered by anyone who wishes to make any career in IT field. Without HTML and CSS all you’d do is write plain text instead of creating a web design with images, sections and grids.
The four most popular JS frameworks include AngularJS, Backbone, Ember, and ReactJS, though there are different types of frameworks for different needs. These four frameworks really speed up development work by giving you a jumpstart. You can also use it along with JS library jQuery to minimize coding work.
5) Front End Frameworks
6) Experience with CSS Pre-Processors
Anything that can save your time developing a website is bonus. Pre-processors are another element that can speed up your CSS coding. They add extra functionality to keep your CSS scalable and easier to work with. They enable you to process the code and turn it into well-formatted and cross-browser friendly CSS before you publish it to the website.
7) Responsive and Mobile Design
People access internet more through their smartphones now than they do through their desktops which means having a responsive web design is not an option anymore. Learning to create a responsive web design is compulsory now.
8) Testing and Debugging
Sure testers are a totally separate job title but being a web developer you must be familiar with testing and debugging as well. Debugging involves looking for all the bugs after testing the website for various functions that it’s supposed to perform bug-free.
9) Cross-Browser Development
Although modern browsers have evolved pretty well and have become really good at displaying websites consistently but there are still differences in how they interpret codes in the backend. You cannot just rely on the browsers to become efficient enough to display your website well therefore knowing how to make each of them work the way you want is an important skill.
10) Content Management Systems
You must know the many Content Management Systems and how they work in order to become a front end developer. The most popular of all CMSs out there is WordPress which is the operating CMS behind many websites. Being a WordPress expert will put you in high demand. The other most popular CMSs include Joomla, Drupal, and Magento.
11) Version Control Systems
You need to keep a track of codes you write and rewrite while creating websites and version control systems let you do exactly that. They make it easy to go back to a previous code or website version in case you are not satisfied with the new code. Rather than having to scramble to manually undo it and fix all the errors, you can roll back to a previous version and then try again with a different solution.
12) Problem Solving Skills
One thing that any IT expert, a front-end developer and a back-end one too, should have is the ability to solve problems within their abilities and reach. From figuring out how to implement a design, to fixing bugs and figuring out how to make the front-end code work, you have got to know it all to do it all.