Who is a Frontend Developer?

A frontend developer is a techie who’s responsible for converting the designers wireframes into functional codes. The frontend developer breathes life into the designers thoughts, ideas, and concepts. 

Designing how a website/app looks is one of the most important tasks in the web/app development journey because that’s what the client or user sees and experiences. The layout, the typography, the lines, the colors, the feel, and the overall usability of the platform is the duty of the designer. The frontend developer is tasked with making sure all of the above works perfectly creating a symphony between aesthetics and functionality.

The designer and the web developer usually work hand-in-hand but they can equally do their jobs independently. A web designer doesn’t need to have programming knowledge and the frontend developer doesn’t need to have design experience but it’s an added advantage if they both possess at least an elementary knowledge of these skills.

Job Description

  • Ability to combine the art of design and the science of programming to create highly functional and aesthetically pleasing web pages of software applications. 
  • Ability to work closely and in unison with the UI/UX designer, the backend developer, and the product manager to match project expectations and meet project deadlines.

Key Requirements

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with SEO optimization and a good understanding of web design
  • Ability to collaborate with other teams such as the backend team, the design team, the system analysis team, and the project management team.
  • Ability to troubleshoot codes and manage websites and software applications.
  • Optimize components for high functionality across several web and mobile platforms.

Who Does a Frontend Developer Work With?

  • The Designer
  • The Backend Developer
  • The Product Manager

Can progress to roles such as

  • Software Architect
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Support Engineer

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