Web development has become hugely popular in the last half a decade. With the advancement of web technologies and the expansion of businesses on the web, it is normal to see a high demand in this relatively new occupation.
If you are not sure whether you want to take you career down the PHP development path or go to the front trenches, here are some guidelines that may give you an insight into frontend development and maybe finally lead you towards your final goal: a career in web development.
What is frontend development?
Frontend development (also spelled as front-end development) is the area of web development/programming which deals with the front – presentational part of websites which the users see (user interface).
By contrast, backend development involves programming the platform which is not visible to the end-users – databases and apps (CMS – content management system) that make the website engines run.
Frontend development usually assumes making the websites more interactive – with typography, buttons, layouts, forms and all other web design improvements which include web engineering visible and actionable on the client-side.
What do frontend developers do?
Frontend developers are people who build amazing websites via code and markup text. Using frontend techniques and technologies, frontend developers can basically write websites from scratch or, what is more common today considering that it saves a lot of time, apply the design onto an existing theme and adjust it to the client’s needs.
Frontend tools and technologies
The most commonly used frontend technologies in the creation of websites and web applications are the following:
How to get started
The most important thing for any development job is to be curious. Knowledge is everything and the more you know and are willing to learn, the better.
After this, there are several roads you can take: you can either sign up for a programming course at the University, in a private coding academy or ask a friend to help you out, OR you can use the good sides of the web and start learning for free.
We know this may look like a big chunk to digest, so you need to keep cool and learn things gradually. Start from the basics, and as time starts passing you will probably be able to cross over to more advanced levels and develop your skills.
Another important thing is that you remain curious and always want to improve your knowledge. Since development is an area which changes relatively quickly, programmers need to stay in touch with the news and read forums and blogs, such as Web Designer Depot, Smashing Magazine, Creative Market, PopArt Blog, and stay up-to-date.
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