Are you a front end developer
How do you become a frontend developer?
The Hays-Fachkraft-Index Österreich shows a steady increase in the demand for IT specialists and especially for web developers over the past four years. The domestic job exchanges confirm this trend. We are currently looking for more than 300 front-end developers throughout Austria and the demand is steadily increasing.
For this reason, we want to tell you in this article what a frontend developer does exactly, which skills you need for this job and how much salary you can expect at the end of the day.
What exactly is a frontend developer?
While the back-end developer focuses on the server-side programming of websites, the front-end developer takes on the implementation of layouts and the customer-side programming.
What are the main differences between a front-end, back-end, and full stack developer?
With the complexity of the web, the degree of specialization within web development also increases. This has a direct effect on the job profiles you are looking for. In general, a distinction is currently made between:
- Backend developer deal with developing a system and maintaining advertising applications or software. One of the main functions of a backend developer is the proper forwarding of software requests. The common programming languages of the backend developer are Java, C, C ++ and PHP.
How much does a frontend developer earn?
The expected salary in Austria depends on the respective federal state and of course the years of employment. According to Statistics Austria 2015, the average gross monthly salary for a front-end developer is the equivalent of € 3,070. This corresponds to an annual income of € 42,980. Compared to other European countries, this value is in the upper mid-range.
- Italy € 25,828
- Spain € 26,528
- Germany € 48,571
- Ireland € 52,114
- Denmark € 62,512
If you are new to the industry, you can expect a gross monthly starting salary of at least € 2,300, according to karriere.at. You can also take a look at the Angular Developer Salary Trends 2020 for a salary comparison across 18 countries.
How do I become a frontend developer?
The first step is to learn the necessary programming languages HTML & CSS. There is definitely no way around it!
We also recommend developing a few small UI elements to practice your newly learned HTML and CSS skills. Codepen.io is a great playground for this. Search other people's projects and exchange ideas with the local community.
If you then think you are a complete front-end developer, then we have to disappoint you at this point, because there is a lot more involved.
1. Read, read and read more
Believe it or not, but your reading skills have a major impact on your path to becoming a great front-end developer. Especially at the beginning it is important to get a quick overview of how to efficiently learn the necessary programming languages and the most important tools. Here are our top 5 book tips:
Front-End Web Development: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide: This basic work covers all the basics of modern HTML / CSS development and gives great instructions on how to structure and design your websites. In short: The ideal entry point for newbies and a source of inspiration for experienced front-end developers.
HTML & CSS: Make yourself comfortable and enjoy 512 pages of the finest programming language. This book is particularly suitable for beginners and describes in a simple way how you can design your own websites with code. At the end of each chapter, you will be rewarded with a variety of practical examples. You do not need any prior knowledge of programming languages for this book.
It is important that you always remain curious and constantly update your knowledge. In a fast-paced world like web development, books alone are not enough. Forums and blogs such as Web Designer Depot, Smashing Magazine, Creative Market, PopArt Blog are essential for your development as a frontend developer.
2. Use the best tools for front-end developers
In order to give you a quick start in the matter, we concentrate exclusively on platforms and front-end tools that fit into the modern workflow. As a result, you can learn the basic coding syntax for intermediate levels while working with the tools that control the workflow of modern developers.
Code Academy: This platform deserves to be mentioned a second time in this article. Why? If you only spend a few minutes googling for relevant courses, Codecademy is undoubtedly one of the first hits. This code learning platform is an institution and has supported more than 100 million people on their way to becoming front-end developers in the last seven years.
Learn CSS layout: The layout is the canvas on which you structure a website. For example, this blog text will be positioned within a line that is part of a larger container, and that goes for all web page designs. With Learn CSS Layout you can get a basic understanding of how containers and lines work and how you can position content where you want it.
Bootstrap: Once you understand how layouts work, you should conduct specific experiments. To do this, you have to get to know one or two frameworks. A framework is an easy way to get started in any type of web development. Bootstrap is one of the most popular front-end frameworks in the world and is therefore used increasingly across the web.
Front-end checklist: In web development, apart from the technology used, you have to follow certain rules and regulations. Front-End Checklist tests your website for best practices for front-end development. This also includes checking that you have optimized your images or that you are using the best SEO practices.
However, this list is just the beginning. Front-End Fundamentals, GitHub, Stack Overflow, etc. are other examples of platforms that are widely used in web development.
3. Follow the right experts
Lots of people have something to say on the web, but not all of them will actually help you on your way to becoming a frontend developer. That is why we have made a small pre-selection for you.
Mike Kus is a UK based designer specializing in web / UI design, graphic design, branding, illustration and photography. His work is published regularly in design-related media and he lectures at various design and tech conferences.
Wes Bos is a full stack developer, speaker and teacher from Canada. He is a course designer, works as a freelance web developer, and is co-host of Syntax - a popular web development podcast. Wes has taught over 500 students in over 200 classes and has spoken at dozens of conferences around the world. It's best not to miss any of his tutorials on YouTube, Github or his blog.
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