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by | Sep 24, 2017 | Careers

What is a Frontend developer?


A frontend developer is responsible for producing HTML, JavaScript and CSS that allow users to see and interact with websites and Apps directly. The tools and tricks of the trade which make a successful fronted developer are constantly evolving and simply keeping up with the pace of change is one of the biggest challenges of the role.


Key responsibilities of a Frontend Developer


Please see below a real example of the requirements to hire a Data Analyst:


• Integration of user-facing elements with server side logic

• Writing reusable, testable, and efficient code

• Design and implement low-latency, high-availability, and performant applications

• Implementation of security and data protection


Required Skills


• Knowledge of JavaScript and front-end frameworks: React (mandatory) and its ecosystem (Redux, Router, etc).

• Strong proficiency with Javascript ES6.

• Understanding the nature of asynchronous programming and its quirks and workarounds.

• Basic understanding of front-end technologies, such as HTML5, and CSS.

• Understanding accessibility and security compliance.

• Understanding fundamental design principles behind a scalable application.

• Understanding differences between multiple delivery platforms, such as mobile vs. desktop, and optimising output to match the specific platform.

• Implementing automated testing platforms, unit tests and acceptance/integration tests. Preferably using existing frameworks such as Mocha.

•Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git.

• A plus: understanding AWS, working experience in an agile environment, English skills.


Skills And Qualifications required to be a Frontend Developer


Most companies look for developers that hold a degree in computing science or in a similar field. However, the most important part to become a successful Frontend Developer is being able to demonstrate a deep knowledge of HTML, JavaScript and CSS. There are many online courses that can provide you with a certificate in these areas, for example Team TreeHouse or Coursera.

Make sure you create a lot of material to build up your own portfolio; many companies will ask for it to see what type of material you are able to create and it is also a great way to improve and learn.


 Does it sound like a good fit?

At Global {M}, we believe that the world is full of amazing tech talent, and we want to make sure our candidates find their ideal job at their preferred location. Please see our current Frontend Developer vacancies or our job board and discover the ideal tech role for you!

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