The complex world of front-end development: what should you really know?

The world of front-end development is complex; there are so many stacks that it can be hard to determine what you really need to know. Huxley decided to take a deep dive into the world of front-end development and answer the following questions for you:

  1. How does front-end develop?

  2. What are the trends in front-end development?

  3. Which front-end stacks should you really know?

  4. What does the future of front-end development look like?

How does front-end develop?

There’s a lot of buzz around front-end development, but is it a new concept? Front-end development has actually existed since the internet was founded in 1989, and since then, technological advancements have accelerated. If we consider that the foundation of Virtual Reality (VR) was built in 1957, and voice recognition in 1970, we need to ask ourselves, what developments have been made in front-end so far?

It seems that history repeats itself. Interestingly, the front-end development issues we’re focussing on now, are the same issues researchers were fascinated by 50 years ago. We’re reinventing the wheel, the only difference being that we’re a little faster today. If you consider this, imagine where we could have been standing today; technological advancements of which we are dreaming of now could have already been a reality.

We’ll illustrate this to demonstrate what could’ve happened: front-end developers don’t always share pieces of code, nor has this ever been a consistent process. Some pieces of code are universally applicable, but if the design stays within the same hands, other front-end developers won’t be aware of it’s existence. This is the cause of repetitive inventions; the world of front-end has become an enormous construction of several stacks. But a change is going on, which translates to the today’s trends.

What are the trends in front-end development?

The trends in front-end evolve rapidly. There are just a few that sustain:

  1. The sharing economy

  2. The foundation remains JavaScript

The sharing economy
The sharing economy is not only materialistic; we don’t just share products, but also knowledge and insights. The latter has become a big trend amongst front-end developers. Platforms such as Github and Stackoverflow offer a space for developers to ask questions, and share pieces of code. The benefits of sharing within front-end development are endless:

  1. It makes your job easier

  2. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel

  3. It leaves room for innovation

  4. Collaboration towards sustainable clean code

2. The foundation remains JavaScript

JavaScript remains the foundation of front-end development. The open source piece is important for the sharing community. JavaScript is the de facto client-side language of browsers, and it lays the foundation for Angular, React, and also ES8, the newest front-end version. In five years from now, we’ll probably be talking about different stacks, but for now JavaScript remains the foundation.

Which front-end stacks should you really know?

The basics of front-end development go back to the heart of web development. We named JavaScript earlier, but front-end development can be best divided into three pillars:

  1. HTML

  2. CSS

  3. JavaScript

If you want to further expand your skills in the field of front-end development it’s important to master the above three pillars. If you’re confident with these, it’ll be easier to learn and understand new releases, which will enable you to code autonomously.

What does the future of front-end development look like?

The future of front-end development looks bright. As long as the internet exists, there will always be demand for developers, but the stacks being used may change:

It’s evident that there’s more demand for professionals with coding skills, but expertise in jQuery is hardly asked for anymore. The three pillars of front-end development make up the foundation, under which we can see that JavaScript, Angular6, VueJS, and ReactJS currently take up the majority of the market. Next to this, it seems that there’s a shift from PhP to Golang. Professionals with a Golang, devops and full stack combination are in popular demand.

The world of front-end development remains complex, but our consultants can guide you along the way. If you’re passionate about enhancing your front end development career, contact us today. Next to this, we support the knowledge sharing economy. Follow us on LinkedIn for the newest insights in your industry, and don’t hesitate to add your knowledge. In the end, sharing is caring, no matter how complex the world is.

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