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Who are Front-end developers?

Front-end web developers are professionals who convert data to the graphical interface and deliver an elegant and styled product to the visitor’s browser. Everything a user sees, clicks, or uses to input or retrieve information on a website is the work of a front-end developer. They should make sure there are no bugs or errors in the front-end, as well as ensure that the design appears as it’s presupposed to across various platforms and browsers.

Due to the emerging new technologies, APIs, and libraries, the development trends are constantly changing, there are new APIs and frameworks being developed, which in turn, causes some of the current applications to deprecate, and for the foremost part, a great deal depends on the tools. This is why some browsers evolve, and lose support, why user-interfaces are ever-changing in their look. Now developers also need to know other essential skills and be able to adapt to changing technology and development languages – depending on the project requirements.

The most commonly used development languages include JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. JavaScript is at the top of the list, as it’s a development language that’s important to front-end development as well as relevant to the back-end. It is also essential in the user-experience process in terms of user usability like scrolling, transitions, object movement, etc. A wide range of frameworks, web libraries and APIs are used by javascript to help developers create complex applications and increase application functionality. A front-end is an important part of any website or app development. 

Front-end developers are responsible for implementing designs and concepts on the web, meaning that their primary tools are HTML, CSS, and Javascript. HTML is used to create and structure documents on the World Wide Web, while CSS is used for styling it before JS is applied where anything beyond basic interactivity is required. In a pair with HTML (hypertext markup language) and CSS (cascading style sheets), JavaScript makes static web pages dynamic and more user-friendly. However, there are many new and progressive JavaScript frameworks and libraries which offer great development opportunities to make applications even better performance, flexible, and powerful. JavaScript gives powerful opportunities for creating web pages, games, and other interactive programs. 

Furthermore, JavaScript has a wide range of libraries and frameworks which boost its capabilities and allow developers to do real magic with their code. Some of them are:

  1. React is an efficient, and a flexible JavaScript library for building UI. It lets you create complex UIs from small and isolated pieces of code called components. It was developed by Facebook. React also allows us to create reusable UI components, create large web applications that can change data, without reloading the page. Pages developed in React are easy to switch between elements that are very smooth. 
  2. Angular is an open-source software framework used for building single-page web applications. It is difficult to learn compared to React, but it provides more practical front-end solutions. It allows developers to build highly scalable and complicated applications with advanced business logic, functional, and visually attractive design.
  3. Vue.js  is a progressive JavaScript framework used for building UI. It is easy to use, clear and simple regarding the development of engaging and well-structured web pages and single-page applications. It offers fast and reliable solutions for small and midsize businesses due to the great price/quality ratio and the big popularity among front-end developers.

We provide the front-end applications based on the requirement. We have experts in the front-end design and development in the most modern technologies. We have delivered more than 30+ applications, which are either front-end applications or the combination of front-end and back-end. We have strong experience in the above-mentioned technologies.

A front-end is the presentation layer of your application. So, front-end developers can choose between a large number of tools to do their work, but these typically fall into two categories: 

  • Graphical Design Tools
  • Code Editors. 

Graphical design tools are useful for building a prototype of the application, experimenting with the UI, and creating the final design. Graphic designers should continue exploring various tools that are ideal for their requirements and evade spending on those things that they don’t need much. They should stay updated on the newest trends in the market. This signifies that they should focus on the latest design tools, technology, software, and devices. With the use of popular tools, they can grab a greater number of potential clients by working on their projects. It is essential to be aware of how to make the best of your budget by selecting the worthy tools that take you forward in your field of graphic design. 

Some of the best tools for graphic designers are: 

  1. Pixlr which is a free online photo editor right in your browser. Experience next-level, intuitive photo editing with AI-powered tools for fast yet professional edits. Our editor opens almost any image format such as PSD (Photoshop), PXD, JPEG, PNG (transparent), WebP, SVG, and more.
  2. The Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet converts your computer into a virtual canvas, allowing you to create digital artwork with the touch of a pen. With its textured surface, the tablet stimulates the intuitive feeling of pen on paper.
  3. Adobe Creative Suite (CS) is a now-discontinued software suitable for graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe Systems. Each edition is made up of several Adobe applications, e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, Premiere Pro or After Effects, InDesign, and Illustrator that are the industry standard applications for many graphic design positions.
  4. PicMarkr lets you add custom watermarks (image or text) to your pictures online and free. It is helpful when you need to protect your copyrights or if you want to add comments to your photos.
  5. Iconfinder is the leading search engine and marketplace for vector icons in SVG, PNG, CSH, and AI format. It can be used as a resource that lets graphic designers search for high-quality icons in a simple and effective method.

There is a range of code editors, ranging from incredibly lightweight editors like Notepad all the way up to feature-heavy integrated development editors’ (IDEs) like Eclipse or Visual Studio. Some of the best cross-platform code editors for web developers are:

  1. Atom, which is a free and open-source code editor created by GitHub. At first, it was GitHub’s internal source code editor, but a few years later (in 2014) they decided to release it to the public.
  2. Visual Studio Code is Microsoft’s cross-platform source code editor that runs on all major operating systems. Interestingly, Visual Studio Code has been built on top of Atom’s open-source components, however, Microsoft removed some features and added a handful of new ones. It’s also faster than Atom, both at startup and while running.
  3. Brackets were specifically created for web designers and front-end developers by Adobe Systems. It can be the ideal source code editor for you if you mainly do front-end work (HTML, CSS, JavaScript). One of its most awesome features is that it allows you to establish a real-time connection with Google Chrome. This means you can instantly see the changes you are making in the browser.

Wrapping up

Front-end developers should have knowledge of their target customers, how well the user tunes up to the product, and how the target market responds to the product. If the product is not up to their expectations sooner or later the client will stop investing in it. So that the final product should be prepared with the target market in mind. For that purpose, developers should start to ask questions like,

  • What’s the specific problem of the user they’re trying to solve?
  • What are their goals?
  • What are their pain points in terms of design, and usability?
  • How can you make it easier for them?

The idea is to get front-end developers more involved in the whole team process and to better understand the end user’s needs, behaviors, motivations, and more. By collaborating with users, front-end developers take a more hands-on approach with user-centered design in mind. This also connects the front-end developer and the product owner, so that they’re working closely and are on the same page as to what the final product should look like. 

All in all, even though the front-end development scene is constantly changing within the specific libraries and frameworks used, some things still stay constant. And for developers to start thinking in terms of user-centric design, there are specific UX principles they need to take into consideration. After breaking up to bits, it’s quite fair to suggest Front-end web development as a much-needed evolution of today’s web requirements. Modern apps and sites cannot afford to ignore this space at all and many companies with noticeable expertise in this field work out wonders with proper usage of frameworks. 

Neenu Nandanan

Experienced Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the Information technology and services industry. Skilled in Python, Spring Boot, Spring Framework, Systems Engineering, React, Angular and Core Java.

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