Guide to stand out as a Front-end Web developer seeking their first job!
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Hey there! Are you feeling stuck in the crowd? Then I've gotta way out! 🚀
There is no alternative to hands-on for succeeding as a developer!
googling the stuff you don't know
- that's the most basic thing to know first, as a developer you won't be knowing each and every stuff. but you have to develop this skill of googling and learning things by yourself.
The bare minimum
- CSS: don't use frameworks or libraries when you are on a learning path
- Pre-processors of CSS like SCSS.
- Optimizing react application
- Writing modular front-end code
- Wrote libraries in JS? Like your own miniversion of Lodash?
- Knowledge of how different kinds of API works
- State management (damn important!) : ContextAPI or Redux (enough)
now here comes the "standing-out" part
write modular front-end code
understanding and implementing clean and scalable UI design is an overlooked skill as a front-end developer.
your front-end code also needs to be well structured such that the components are reusable
why is it good? Simply because it makes development faster and less prone to errors.
most organizations write applications in typescript as it sets a convention for the whole team of developers working on the same product.
The truth is most of the new front-end devs I have come across have never been through testing.
Read about Jest for detailed knowledge about this particular section
Remember: Anything that reduces your debugging and development time will save $$$ to the company, and hence you will be a good investment for them!
- Test-driven development (TDD): results in better code quality, reduced production bugs, and reduced debugging time. 🛠
learn debugging and use tools to debug your code. it's better than doing
console.log("here")on every other line.
general advice for any developer starting their journey.
make lots and lots of projects, practice will make you better each day!
have those projects deployed live and also on Github, so that recruiter can actually see your work and can have confidence in hiring you!
stay humble, and friendly with your dev community as peer groups will have a great impact on your learning journey.
don't shy away from teaching things you know and asking things you don't know.
often take part in hackathons (online or offline - it doesn't matter),
worst case: you will learn and have a new project in your portfolio.
best case: you will learn, win and have a new project in your portfolio.
the worst-case scenario is also a part of your upcoming win as it is improving you!
I wrote this article as a raw and pure form of information I could fetch from my experience. All of them are actionable things you can practically achieve and be a good front-end dev that most of the companies would be pleased to have.
The key rule is: Be consistent and make a LOT of PROJECTS. there's no other way 😄