Along with soft skills such as written and verbal communication, teamwork and problem-solving ability, you should know the following to build a successful career in the flourishing tech world:
Different web browsers use different engines to run their operations: chrome uses Blink and V8, whereas Firefox uses Gecko and SpiderMonkey. As a front-end developer, you should know the difference between these and use only suitable engines for each browser.
Websites are made of IP addresses. These IP addresses are formed with a mix of numbers and alphabets and since, it’s difficult for humans to remember these combinations, simple labels such as google.com or wikipedia.org are used to refer to these websites. As a front-end developer, you should be familiar with the workings of DNS operations.
Many front-end developers limit themselves to coding and building websites, and never pay attention to web-hosting operations. All in all, understanding web hosting operations can make you a better front-end developer by helping you control your server.
Imagine buying a server and running the whole operation from the command line by yourself. This experience will give you an authentic taste of the system powering your operations.
If you’re not accustomed to the nitty-gritty of interactive design, you’re missing out on a lot. When you’re developing a product, understanding User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) is critical in building strong a foundation of design. While UX is the experience that a consumer has with the company’s products and services, UI consists of the tools, including visual design elements that assist the user’s interaction with the website.
Hiring managers also prefer front-end developers who have a vast understanding of interactive design over those who don’t know the intricacies of the subject.
If you can use your coding to build websites, you may not stand out among the hundreds of people who applied for the same job. But if you know how to use your knowledge of coding to develop web animations, hiring managers may want to meet you.