Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a front end developer

front end developer

Being a front end developer is not easy. Front end developers are also known as client-side developers since they specialise in the programming of user interfaces. As the name implies, front-end has everything to do with what users see and interact with, and the resultant code runs on a user or client’s web browser. There is a high level of work that goes into being a front-end developer.

Front-end developers such as the professionals at Kodework in Norway and India understand human-machine interaction deeply. In addition, they also understand the design principles of computer science. Most of what a front end developer does is ensure that the UI and UX that they design works across all browser and resolution types. This is why their key skill-set includes UI and UX design, and the knowledge of languages such as HTML, Java, and CSS to name a few.

A look at some of the key front-end deliverables

Front-end development may seem less complicated compared to back-end development, but that does not make it less important. Front-end developers face a number of challenges. Keeping bounce-rate low, making sure webpages are accessible across all platforms and user experience is intuitive and engaging, are just a few of the key responsibilities that they need to keep front and centre. To do this, front-end frameworks usually consist of a collection of standard code which is written either in CSS, or JavaScript.

In addition to the above frameworks, other popular front-end frameworks include ReactJS, Vue.js, AngularJS, JQuery, TypeScript, etc. While certain frameworks are constant, as technology changes, so do programming discipline. Good front-end developers need to constantly evolve with these changes. This can be done by continuously reading blogs, articles, and being actively involved in online programming communities. 

Before even starting on a web project, front-end developers need to acquire a few prerequisites. The starting point, in this case, is the domain name. A domain name is the website’s identity. Getting a domain name is as simple as finding the URL you want, and buying it for a small fee. This can be done through sites like GoDaddy or BigRock. Domain name registrations are usually done for a year (or three years) and then renewed annually. Since domain registrations can’t be changed after it’s completed, it’s important to ensure that the name and its extension (.com, .net, .org) is relevant to the business. Once that is done, as a front-end developer, you will have to decide between self-hosting or using a rental server. Most domain registration companies can help with this.

These are just a few of the key roles and responsibilities of a front-end developer. To know more about website development, check out our Web Development Guide. On the other hand, if you’re looking for professional developer to help you build a stunning website, then get in touch with the team at Kodework.