The evolution of front-end development |

The evolution of front-end development

 27th Aug 2018

Evolution of front-end web development | | Web Development Jobs


It is no secret that technology moves forward at break-neck speed (see Moore’s Law). You can see this in everyday life just by how frequently the latest version of the iPhone or Samsung galaxy is released. It should come as no surprise how this affects people who effectively work on the front line. 



Web Designers of the past 


In my previous life as a web designer, the term Front End Developer had yet to be coined. Web Designers were limited to creating visual designs using HTML and CSS views. There were even software applications available such as Dreamweaver that kept the actual coding to a minimum. Adobe Flash was all the rage back in 2002 and some sites were developed solely in this technology. This was because websites were simple, static text sites. Only the ones had animation thanks to Flash and other technologies. Of course, now it is a lot different with videos, auto bots and much more becoming the norm. 


The first major change was the introduction of HTML5 and CSS3. HTML5 pretty much killed Flash for a start while SASS showed developers how effective CSS can be. According to Andres Rojas from Koombea, “it was the boom of the Single Page Applications (applications built for the web that load data via AJAX and do most of the render in the client side) that brought us that much closer to what would really change the future of our role: JavaScript.” 





JavaScript programming skills have become fundamental for anyone who is considering a career as a Front-End Developer. I have certainly noticed this from a recruiter’s point of view. Clients used to require cvs for web designers who have a strong background in HTML5, CSS3 and possibly SASS with a bit of knowledge on jQuery. 


Now clients need people with experience in React, Angular or even Vue and it doesn’t stop there. You also need to be able to conduct unit testing, debugging and memory profiling. JavaScript is the native language of the web browser, so if you want to develop for the web then you need to learn this and learn quickly. 



UI and UX Design 


We can’t discuss Front End Development without mentioning UI and UX design as the two go hand-in-hand when it comes to website and app development. Now that front-end development is more focused on object-oriented development, people who want to focus more on design tend to specialise in digital design. 


A good designer does know a few things about code as it makes them more effective in creating designs. However, I have seen over the last couple of years that clients separating front-end development and UX design into different teams. Gone are the days when a company asks for a generic web designer who can do a bit of everything. Of course, the teams still need to work closely together, or you will run into problems with testing and debugging. 





If you are considering front-end development as a career or you are already established in a top company, either way, the future is bright. Also, there are plenty of resources online to help you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in your sector. 


The good news is that you don’t need to go to university either. Follow top influencers via social media, follow the latest front-end news and trends, attend Meetups and continue to build your portfolio. If you follow these steps your career will be a successful one. 


If you’re interested in a new opportunity in front-end web development, please get in touch with me on or call on 028 9091 8528. 




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