6-steps beginners guide to every front-end developer in 20193 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
There is a story of how to learn coding in a single night:
“Pack a laptop and travel to the North pole in the beginning of the winter. You’ll have 6 months of a night to learn coding. Once there – just simply Google-it. There are tons of excellent tutorials on the web.”
Becoming a web developer might seem scary at the beginning. Despite all articles and handbooks which are telling us that we can successfully become one in a single night only, it requires us more.
Why becoming a front-end developer?
Should we mention that there is a high-demand of artists of the modern web? However, that’s not the only motivation to become one. Isn’t it just exceptionally satisfying to be able to make an impact through a beautiful web development?
For a beginner it could be quite not so easy but overwhelming to find the right path and to fit everything together. First of all, don’t panic. It’s useless. In this article we want to share with you some tips in how to structure your learning path and how to quickly exceed your skills set.
How becoming a front-end developer?
1. Free or paid course to choose?
It is currently getting a lot easier to learn to code, thanks to the countless free tutorials, open-source projects, and resources. You absolutely can learn to code for free, but we should not underestimate the paid courses. They have the main structure of learning which you need at the beginning.
FreeCodeCamp Blog is a good starting point to consider. It is full of concrete articles for front-end and all its aspects.
2. Browse websites you like and inspect the code
When you have the basics, it is time to start inspecting some code. Browsing websites you like, you will find some patterns which you would like to repeat in your future projects. So it is an important learning step to press the right mouse button and “Inspect” the code.
Keep in mind that the front-end jungle has no end, and you have to keep up with its changes regularly, so don’t stop reading and trying new things.
3. Learn Bootstrap
Bootstrap is the most popular worldwide used framework. The Bootstrap functionality is a simple way to get started with web development.
The documentation is full of examples how to automatically develop a mobile-first web apps and pages.
4. Structure the good practices
You’ll read a lot of examples and cases, and you’ll start to gather the good ones. Make a bookmark lists for every important topic and try to structure your knowledge.
5. Code your own project
Practice is the best learning. If you have already finished one course or two, you have already written some code. However, if you want to get the dream-job and to be part of the dream-team, you need to start working on your ideas.
Structure a small concept of a web app or a small website, and see if you are able to make it work. Revise your code, so as to be sure it is highly optimised. Then make a GitHub profile and upload your code.
A web developer without GitHub is like a designer without a portfolio.
6. Don’t forget the design fundamentals
The main mistake of front-end devs is learning only to code, without having any knowledge of the design aspect. They may be different fields, but also have common issues.
So don’t forget to have an eye for the details, to know which colours could be applied to each other and what do they mean for the user, to know typography and how to combine it, and etc.
If you’re curious to know more, you can have a look at our article about the collaboration between design and front-end here.
The front-end spectrum is growing, but that should not scare you at all. Gather your knowledge, make experiments, and don’t hurry too much. Learning step-by-step is the best approach to the best results at the end.